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Paul Reed Smith Receives Honorary Doctorate

...by Washington College President Sheila Bair during a public ceremony on April 13. Smith was recognized for both PRS Guitars, his acclaimed guitar manufacturing company, and his new cutting-edge company: Digital Harmonic, LLC, which marries art and science with developed image and waveform technology.

“Paul is a remarkable example of entrepreneurial spirit; a kid builds a guitar in high school woodshop and ends up as managing partner and founder of the third-largest guitar manufacturer in the U.S. Many would tell you that the company makes the best electric guitars that have ever been made,” said George Spilich, a professor of psychology and director of the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington College who treasures his own PRS guitar. “Now Paul is taking his expertise in signal processing and pivoting that knowledge into the creation of a signal processing company that has the promise of greatly improving medical imaging. If all that does not merit recognition in the business world, I don’t know what does.”

“I am very appreciative to be recognized by Washington College,” said Paul Reed Smith. “I hope it serves as inspiration to the students, that regardless of where you start, things are possible with determination, a plan, and a great work ethic.”

Paul joins a prestigious circle of honorary degree recipients that includes U.S. presidents (including George Washington) and nationally renowned scientists, writers, artists, historians, and statesmen.





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