At the Spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6, Warner University honored Mrs. Doris Gukich and Mr. Rob Quam with honorary doctorates.

Doris B. Gukich

“Warner University is privileged to acknowledge the dedication of those who have been very instrumental in service to the Kingdom of God.  We consider the honorary degree a very special distinction,” said Dr. Steven Darr, Chief Academic Officer.

Doris Gukich began teaching at Warner University, then Warner Southern College, in 1977 as a Student Development Counselor and Instructor in Social Work. In 1992, she became Warner’s first female administrator as Vice President of Advancement and became the first female Vice President for Advancement in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Mrs. Gukich has been tireless in her efforts to raise money for campus development, special events and student assistance. She is well respected in the Lake Wales community for her service at Church of the Good Shepherd. In 1971, she married Dr. Robert Gukich, they have five daughters, (four are graduates of Warner) and soon to be 14 grandchildren. Mrs. Gukich retired effective March 31, 2017 after 40 years of service to Warner University.

Rob Quam

Mr. Quam has been involved with Warner University for 35 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Ministries from Warner University in May 1985. He was a baseball athlete, served as the Student Body President, was an assistant baseball coach, adjunct faculty member, participated in several job searches, supervised many Social Work Interns, is a parent of a Warner student, employer of many alum at the Lake Wales Care Center, Board of Trustee member since 2002 and became the Board Chair in 2007.

Mr. Quam has served as the Executive Director of the Lake Wales Care Center since 1985. Mr. Quam married Gail in 1984, and they have two grown children, Ryan and Amanda.

“There is a very thorough, thoughtful process the university goes through prior to the votes required to award this degree. Our desire is that the person chosen for this degree senses that the institution has gone to great lengths to honor an individual who best represents the values of Warner University,” said David Hoag, President of Warner University.