Bob Voboril is awarded honorary degree


An honorary degree is awarded each year to notable and accomplished members of the extended Newman community whose life and work reflect exemplary dedication to one of the university’s four Core Values: Catholic Identity, Culture of Service, Academic Excellence and Global Perspective.

The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, was bestowed upon Bob Voboril on May 12 for his remarkable representation of the Catholic Identity core value.

He said, “This is, for me, after working 46 years in Catholic education, the capstone to a long and much-loved career.”

Voboril’s 46 years in Catholic education includes 43 years as an administrator. He has spent the past quarter-century serving as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.

During his leadership, the Wichita Diocese Catholic school district, which encompasses 25 Kansas counties and more than 10,000 students, has thrived and developed a reputation as one of the best in the nation.