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Commencement 2016

Honorary Doctorate Recipients 2016

Barbara Lindquist TannerBarbara Lindquist Tanner

Barbara Lindquist Tanner is a community leader, humanitarian, human rights activist and philanthropist. Growing up in Ogden, her father developed his business while her mother was a community leader. She attended Ogden High School, Weber College and then transferred to the University of Utah. At the University of Utah, Tanner was on the debate team, and during one event her opponent was Norman Tanner. They were a well-matched team even when they were on opposite sides of a debate. Barbara and Norman were married for 77 years and raised four children; Clark (deceased), Susan, Deon and Deb. As a family they cultivated a concern for community, the environment and humanity. Tanner shared her leadership talents in organizing such agencies as Utah Girls Village (now Utah Youth Village) and established and participated in musical groups such as the Utah Symphony and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. In 2006, she established the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy. She also has been a strong supporter of hundreds of Salt Lake Community College students through scholarship programs she has established.

Stan Parrish


Stanley B. Parrish

Stanley B. Parrish, currently the president and CEO of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, began his career in the wholesale floor covering business at Midwest Floor Covering, Inc. where he worked for 21 years, seven as the president and CEO. Parrish worked five years as the chief of staff for Sen. Orrin Hatch and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the associate deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Upon his return to Utah, Parrish served as the Utah governor’s executive director of Community and Economic Development and served for several years on the SLCC Board of Trustees. He was president of the PPI Group, president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of Waterware, Inc. Parrish then became the owner of the Mighty Distribution Center and Parandco. A long-time friend of the College, Parrish has helped SLCC tirelessly by supporting philanthropic efforts like the annual golf tournament. He and his wife Joyce live in Salt Lake City and have six children and 17 grandchildren.

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