CSU Fresno -- August 20, 2003
Professor Victor Davis Hanson Wins Prestigious Award of Excellence
Classics professor Victor Davis Hanson, whose books and articles have
earned the praise of national government and military leaders, has been
awarded "The President's Award of Excellence" for 2003 at
California State University, Fresno.
Fresno business leader Richard Spencer, chairman of the University Advisory
Board, announced the award at the 2003 Academic Assembly, which marks
the start of the fall semester. The recognition includes a $10,000 award.
The selection is made by the University Advisory Board, which is composed
of community leaders and is chaired by Spencer.
The President's Award of Excellence seeks to recognize a faculty or
staff member who demonstrates integrity, leadership, and a commitment
to the university and community as exemplified by Fresno State President
John D. Welty. The 2002 winner was Dr. Stephen A. Rodemeyer, chemistry
professor and director of the Smittcamp Family Honors College.
Cara Hanson accepted the award for her husband, who is in Washington,
D.C., for meetings at the Pentagon, the Center for Immigration, the
Nixon Center and the National Press Club. He also will be interviewed
by Brian Lamb of C-SPAN's "Booknotes," Brit Hume of Fox News
and MSNBC's "Scarborough Country."
Hanson, who also is coordinator of the Classical Studies program at
Fresno State, is a prolific author, scholar and military historian.
In addition to teaching, he writes a column bi-weekly about contemporary
culture and military history for National Review Online.
Dr. Luis Costa, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, said Hanson
is "one of the best-known classicists in the country - if not the
best known" and is popular with students. "He is a tremendous
teacher," said Costa. "Students are in awe of him and often
follow behind from the classroom to his office when class is over."
Hanson joined the Fresno State faculty in 1984 to initiate the Classical
Studies Program, and with associate Dr. Bruce Thornton has developed
it into a nationally recognized program whose graduates regularly earn
full scholarships to doctorate programs at Ivy League and other top
Hanson's insightful, conservative commentary was thrust into the upper
echelon of politics post-9/11. He was invited to lecture President Bush's
staff on the history of terrorism and methods used to combat it. At
the invitation of Vice President Dick Cheney he discussed military history
and efforts to deal with military challenges with the vice president,
news commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner George Will, commentator
Brit Hume and Republican strategist Mary Matlin.
In December 2002, Hanson was asked by the captain of the USS Kennedy
to visit the Navy aircraft carrier at sea, where he remained a guest
for two days. He also attended President Bush's and Vice President Cheney's
individual 2002 Christmas parties.
In the 2002-03 academic term, Hanson was a visiting professor of military
history at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he drew on
Greek and Roman wars to teach future military leaders.
He has written articles, editorials and reviews for the New York Times,
Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, American Heritage,
City journal, American Spectator, Policy Review, The Wilson Quarterly,
The Weekly Standard, and Washington Times. He has been interviewed on
numerous occasions on National Public Radio, and appeared with David
Gergen on the "Jim Lehr Newshour" on PBS.
Hanson's most recent books are "Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles
in the Rise of Western Power," "An Autumn of War," and
"Mexifornia: A State of Becoming" and "Ripples of Battle,"
to be published in September.
Hanson earned his bachelor's degree at the University of California,
Santa Cruz, studied in Greece and received his doctorate in classics
from Stanford University.