Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Pennsylvania State University at its May commencement.
Ehrenberg is a labor economist, an expert on the economics of higher education and director of the Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute. He is a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell's highest honor for undergraduate teaching.
Ehrenberg served as a member of the Cornell Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010 and as Cornell's vice president for academic programs, planning and budgeting for three years in the 1990s. He was nominated to be a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees in 2009 and confirmed by the New York State Senate in March of this year.
A member of the Cornell faculty since 1975, Ehrenberg serves on the National Research Council's Committees on Research Universities and Measuring Productivity in Higher Education. He is a member of the board of trustees of Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions.
Ehrenberg has authored or co-authored more than 120 papers and authored or edited 20 books.