Greg Lippe, a member of Woodbury’s Class of 1967, and the current chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, will be awarded a Doctor of Public Service at Woodbury’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 11. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the honor at a recent meeting.
Lippe, who received his degree in accounting from the School of Business, also serves as chair of the school’s advisory board. The honorary degree is being awarded to Lippe in recognition of his long and distinguished public service career. He has served on the boards of a variety of civic and business organizations, including the board of Habitat For Humanity, the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions Board, the California State Board of Pharmacy, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, the Encino-Tarzana Hospital Charitable Foundation, the board of Val*Pac and the board of First Commerce Bank.
In 2007, the California Chamber of Commerce recognized Lippe as the Small Business Advocate of the Year. He has also been honored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal a number of times, including being named as one of the “Top 25 CPA’s” in the Valley in 2002 and again in 2007. He also received a Community Service Award Honor from the Valley Industry & Commerce Association in 2012 as recipient of the Harmon Ballin Community Service Award. He was also the recipient of the “Hammer of Hope” award from Habitat for Humanity in 2011.
In addition to these recognitions, Lippe has authored op/ed pieces in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee.
“We are very proud to have Greg as a long-standing and committed member of the Woodbury community,” Woodbury President David Steele-Figueredo said. “We are also grateful to him for all that he has done, not only for Woodbury, but for our local community as well. He is an exemplary leader and philanthropist and, on behalf of the entire Woodbury community, I congratulate him on this magnificent honor.”