Battelle CEO and University Trustee to Receive Honorary Degrees

Jeffrey Wadsworth


COLUMBUS, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will confer honorary degrees to two community and business leaders, Jeffery Wadsworth, Ph.D., Battelle CEO, will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa and the Reverend Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks, ODU Trustee, will receive the Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa.

Wadsworth will deliver the commencement address to more than 280 graduates and the commencement ceremony attendees on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Alumni Hall Gym at ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43219.

“Dr. Wadsworth and Monsignor Hendricks have both made significant contributions in their respective fields and as community leaders,” said ODU Interim President Ron Seiffert. “The University is honored to recognize their achievements at this year’s commencement.”

Wadsworth will be recognized for his exemplary leadership in science and business; his service to the community on the boards of civic associations; his life and career that have enriched the Central Ohio community and contributed to the common good; and his support for Ohio Dominican University. The Doctor of Humane Letters, always awarded as an honorary degree, recognizes recipients who are distinguished in a field or fields other than science, government, literature or religion. The degree often is awarded to individuals for business, non-profit, or program leadership.

Hendricks is recognized for his devoted and dedicated service as an ordained Roman Catholic Priest and commitment to the ODU Board of Trustees. The honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, recognizes recipients who are distinguished in a field of theological education, service to the church and community, and whose life and career embodies the Dominican spirit and mission.

Jeffrey WadsworthJeffrey Wadsworth, Ph.D.
Battelle Memorial Institute Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Wadsworth, Ph.D. is an internationally respected scientist, as well as an outstanding leader and innovator in the fields of materials science and homeland security.

Dr. Wadsworth attended Sheffield University in England, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy in 1972 and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy in 1975. He was awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy degree in 1991 for his published work. In July 2004, he received the highest recognition conferred by the university, an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

In 1987, Dr. Wadsworth was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, and in 2000, a Fellow of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Wadsworth holds adjunct consulting and honorary professorships from various universities in the United States and China, and has earned numerous technical awards and prizes. He has authored or co-authored more than 280 scientific papers, one book and four U.S. patents.

Dr. Wadsworth, a Columbus resident, served as Battelle’s Director of Homeland Security Programs and in 2002 was part of the White House Transition Planning Office for the newly formed U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

As Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2003, he led a period of rapid growth during the lab's emergence as the world's leader in neutron science, nanoscience and high-performance computing. In addition to managing Battelle's global lab business, he has served on the advisory board of Battelle Ventures and managed Battelle's overall science and technology investments.

In 2009, Dr. Wadsworth joined the board of directors of Achieve, an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. Achieve helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability.

Msgr Joseph HendricksReverend Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks
The Reverend Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood on May 27, 1972. He served as Chancellor and Vicar General for the Diocese of Columbus from 1987 through 2001, and has served as Pastor of St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Dublin, Ohio, since 1997. Monsignor Hendricks’s 10-year master plan for St. Brigid concluded in 2009, and resulted in a $10 million capital addition for the parish.

Monsignor Hendricks has been an Ohio Dominican University trustee since October 1999. He has served on the Board’s Committee on Trustees, and the Finance and Audit Review Committee since 2002. He also served as Board Chair from May 2006 until January 2010.

As Board Chair, Monsignor Hendricks helped grow Ohio Dominican’s reputation as a preeminent Catholic institution. He was vital in strengthening the institution’s identity and values, and its efforts to increase enrollment. During his tenure, the University’s enrollment grew from less than 2,000 students to more than 3,100. At the same time, ODU developed new curricular programs, including several graduate and undergraduate programs. The University also added six varsity-level sports, and doubled the number of student organizations and clubs.

Ohio Dominican invested more than $60 million in infrastructure to support this growth, including three residence halls and construction of Panther Field. In August of 2009, ODU opened the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. In August of 2010, the University will open Battelle Hall, its new state-of-the-art science building.

In his dedication to the University, Monsignor Hendricks has demonstrated his enduring connection to the institution’s Dominican roots and a connection to the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Peace. He has expressed that the core of his work as a priest is to further the mission of the Church and to spread the gospel.

Monsignor Hendricks holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The College of St. Charles Borromeo; an STB (bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology) from The Catholic University of America; and a master’s degree in Education from Seattle University.

He is Board Chair of Goodwill Industries of Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio and the Metropolitan YMCA. He is also the President and CEO of the Villas of St. Therese and Vice President of Seton Square Housing, Inc.

Monsignor Hendricks is a Dublin resident in the parish of St. Brigid of Kildare, and he credits Bishop James A. Griffin, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, as the person who has influenced him more than anyone else.