The Honorable Carl E. Sanders


The Honorable Carl E. Sanders


Term of Award

Fall 1996

Degree Name

Doctor of Laws

Institution Issuing the Honorary Degree

Georgia Southern University

Brief Biography of Degree Recipient

The Honorable Carl E. Sanders (1925-2014) was a native of Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from the Academy of Richmond County where he played football for which he received a scholarship to the University of Georgia. His law education was interrupted when he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he returned to UGA to finish his studies before starting his law practice back in his hometown.

Sanders was active in state politics beginning in 1954 when he won a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Two years later, he moved on to the State Senate where he played an important role in the desegregation of schools. In 1962, Sanders became the 74th Governor of Georgia where he made education a top priority by increasing spending, hiring more teachers, setting standards for public schools and expanding the university system.

The Honorable Carl Sanders received the Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Georgia Southern University on August 11, 1996.


Georgia Southern University, Honorary degree, Doctor of Laws


More information about the Honorable Carl E. Sanders can be found here and his obituaries here and here.

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The Honorable Carl E. Sanders