LONDON, Canada - Western University will honor WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster - a graduate of the institution - with an honorary degree during its 303rd Convocation ceremony this coming June.
Allaster, who earned a BA in Economics & Physical Education from Western and an MBA from the Ivey Business School, will be presented with a Doctor Of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) on Monday, June 16.
A consummate tennis professional named by Forbes Magazine as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Sports," Allaster has held virtually every position imaginable in the world of tennis: from a junior to a collegiate player; to Tournament Director in Toronto; to a VP of Tennis Canada; to President of the WTA and now she serves as Chairman and CEO of the world's leading professional sport for women. In 2011, WTA's Board of Directors unanimously voted to extend Allaster's contract, setting her up to become the second-longest serving Chairman and CEO of the WTA in history (read her full bio here).
Allaster is one of 14 individuals who will be honored by Western that week. The group also includes Rick Mercer, the creator and host of The Rick Mercer Report, Canada's most-watched TV comedy.
Western University, or the University of Western Ontario as it is traditionally called, is a public research university located in beautiful London, Ontario. It has 12 faculties and professional schools and three affiliated university colleges, and is one of the top-ranked universities in Canada year after year.
Other Western graduates include Alan Thicke (of Growing Pains fame and father of Robin Thicke), Jennifer Hedger (sports anchor for TSN) and Kevin O'Leary (of Shark Tank and Dragon's Den fame).
? Western University (@westernu) March 20, 2014