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Dr. Jim Diamond inducted into the Hall of Fame at DelVal

May 02, 2013

Dr. Jim Diamond was inducted into the Student Government Board Hall of Fame in April at Delaware Valley College.

It is a prestigious honor, not awarded annually, but given when SGB feels there is a person who deserves this special recognition.

Members are inducted based on dedication to improving the lives of their fellow human beings, loyalty to the College, and contributions to improving the student experience.

“Dr. Diamond has shown outstanding dedication to the College, served his fellow human beings in Africa (in the Peace Corps), and has spent his life helping people help themselves,” said SGB President Galen Weibley, a graduating senior. “Both Dr. Diamond and his wife, Betty, have been amazing mentors for me and for all of the students here.”

Dr. Diamond, a 1961 alumnus of the College, is an honorary DelVal trustee and the national chair of the College’s planned giving committee. He has had an impressive career in agriculture, which included highlights such as serving as an international consultant for the United Nations. He served as both a faculty member and a dean of agriculture during his career with DelVal before retiring in 2008. Both he and his wife, Betty, have given time and service, plus generous financial contributions, to improve DelVal.

One of Dr. Diamond’s proudest contributions to the College is helping to found an exchange program with the University of Podlasie, in Poland.

The Hall of Fame plaque, which will be unveiled in the fall, will feature a sculpted representation of Dr. Diamond’s face, and will be displayed in the College’s Student Center.

Dr. Diamond said he was elated and honored to be selected.

“It was a humbling experience to be chosen for this recognition by a group of exceptional young people at DelVal College,” said Dr. Diamond. “I did not earn this honor alone.  My wife Betty certainly played an important role in supporting and encouraging me during a 47-year career that led to this award.  She believed in me and stood by my side all along the way.”

He said that both he and Betty believe strongly in the students at DelVal and what they will offer the world.

“I firmly believe that most DelVal students will be successful in college and their journey through life because of the amount of effort, dedication, and sacrifice they exhibit toward their educational performance and activity participation,” said Dr. Diamond. “Their professors and fellow students are molding their views of their world. DelVal students are unrelenting preparing themselves to be the best of the best.”