Emmy Award-Winning Producer
California State University, Northridge
Alan Armer is an artist of great prominence in the history of American television, and as one of the leading pioneers in the medium he has explored many of the fundamental themes of American society and human nature. The Emmy award-winning producer of The Untouchables and The Fugitive, two of television's most celebrated series, Mr. Armer attained levels of artistic achievement in popular entertainment that remain the touchstones of television drama. He has written, produced, or directed more than 350 television movies and series episodes, and he has provided leadership in his profession, serving as president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also is an inductee of the Producers Guild of America's Hall of Fame.
Mr. Armer became a full professor on the faculty of the Cinema and Television Arts Department at California State University, Northridge in 1979. He approached teaching with the same seriousness and personal commitment as he did his television production career. In his 18 years at CSUN as a professor and mentor, he generously imparted his artistic insights and technical knowledge to students at all levels of screenwriting and directing. His proficiency in teaching matched his professional expertise, and he was awarded the university's Distinguished Teaching Award.
His commitment to education and to the advancement of the entertainment arts is symbolized by his $1 million gift to the university, the largest personal gift ever donated to the university by a faculty member. This generous donation made possible the Alan and Elaine Armer Theatre, the state-of-the-art theatre and screening room in Manzanita Hall.
In recognition of his many contributions to cinema and television, to the advancement of young artists, and to the California State University, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State University, Northridge are proud to confer upon Alan Armer the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.