Doctor of Laws Degree

The Doctor of Laws degree is granted for prolonged demonstration of superior service and dedication to a field of study. William W. Biggs’ creation and development of LI-COR Biosciences, his ability to combine solid engineering and science with innovative thinking to create ground-breaking technology, his commitment to providing meaningful and fulfilling work for his employees, his generosity to his community and his dedication to God and his family distinguish him as a servant-leader, pioneer and visionary.

Biggs and his wife, Elaine, launched the company that would eventually become LI-COR Biosciences with one product, 400 square feet of borrowed workspace and the help of a part-time employee. Today, with more than 340 employees, LI-COR is the leading provider of technology for measuring global climate change and an innovator in the areas of genetic and cancer research. LI-COR products are in use on every continent, and each day the company strives to help scientists ask and answer the most challenging research questions. The foundational work developed by Biggs has led to more than 300 U.S. and foreign patents.

By honoring William Biggs with the Doctor of Laws degree, Concordia University, Nebraska gives thanks for those who, in God’s name, dedicate themselves to learning and applying knowledge and faith to their vocations. We are pleased to confer upon William Biggs the Doctor of Laws degree,honoris causa.

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William W. Biggs

Lincoln, Neb.

William W. Biggs received both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in 1967 and 1969 respectively. In 1971, he co-founded Lambda Instruments Corp. In 1978, the name was formally changed to LI-COR, Inc.

The growth and success of the company in providing software and equipment for scientists measuring climate change, photosynthesis and other plant functions as well as drug discovery and biotechnology research is a testament to the ingenuity of its founders. From the first light measurement instruments designed for plant science research and the first automated infrared DNA sequencer to novel techniques for cancer research and patient treatment using near-infrared chemical dyes, virtually every innovation at LI-COR is built on the vision established by Bill Biggs.

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce recognized LI-COR with its first-ever Manufacturer of the Year award. Additional recognition includes Quantum Workplace Employee Voice award for exceptional employee engagement, Nebraska Exporter of the Year award, Nebraska Business Development Council Innovation Business of the Year award, and the Governor’s Bioscience award. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln named Bill an Outstanding Alumnus in 1999.

A member of the Lincoln Berean Church, Bill and his wife Elaine live in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have two grown children, son Greg Biggs who now serves as president of LI-COR and a daughter, Lori Humphrey. They have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Doctor of Laws degree is granted for prolonged demonstration of superior service and dedication to a field of study. Rev. Dr. Robert Rosin’s work as Professor of Historical Theology and Executive Director of the Center for Reformation Research at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; his work as Coordinator for Theological Education in Eurasia for LCMS World Mission; his significant contributions through writing, publication and editing; and his excellence in teaching in classrooms in both domestic and international settings, distinguish him as a lifelong, faithful servant of God, dedicated to his students and spreading the gospel throughout the world.

Rev. Dr. Rosin is recognized not only for his exceptional scholarship but for his ability to communicate within a variety of cultural environments, using historical theology to proclaim the everlasting truth of the gospel and its relevance to present day cultures and contexts. In addition, he has shaped the lives and ministries of countless men and women who are blessed to know him as teacher, mentor, colleague and friend.

By honoring Rev. Dr. Robert Rosin with the Doctor of Laws degree, Concordia University, Nebraska gives thanks for those who, in God’s name, dedicate themselves to learning and applying knowledge and faith to their vocations. We are pleased to confer upon Dr. Robert Rosin the Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.

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Rev. Dr. Robert Rosin

Ballwin, Mo.

Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Rosin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia Teachers College, now Concordia University Chicago, in 1972, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1976. He earned both a Master of Arts Degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977 and 1986 respectively. In addition, he was a resident research fellow at the Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, from 1979 – 1981.

Rosin currently serves as professor of Historical Theology (Emeritus) for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In addition to teaching, he has served as chair of the Department of Historical Theology, editor of Concordia Seminary publications and executive director of the Center for Reformation Research, in St. Louis, Missouri.

While he was teaching at Concordia Seminary, Rosin also served as coordinator of Theological Education in Eurasia for LCMS World Mission, assisting Lutheran churches with theological curriculum development. He taught short and long-term history and theology courses at Lutheran theological schools in Eurasia, ranging from Central Asia Lutheran Seminary in Kyrgyzstan to Westfield House in Cambridge, England, as well as in Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Cambodia and Brazil.

Rosin has a long list of scholarly publications including several books. These include: “Reformers, The Preacher, and Skepticism: Luther, Brenz, Melanchthon, and Ecclesiastes,” “Concordia Reference Bible,” and “A Cup of Cold Water: A Look at Biblical Charity.”

Scholarly articles include: “Seeking the Center: A Catholic Case Study (and Context Counts!),” “In Quest of an Historical Angle: Tree? Labyrinth? Rhizome? Landscape? Hinge and Promise,” “The Actuality of the Theologico-Political,” “Humanism, Luther, and the Wittenberg Reformation,” “Reformation Christology: Some Luther Starting Points,” “Luther on Education,” “John Eck’s Four Hundred Four Articles for the Imperial Diet at Augsburg,” “Luther as Educator: His Contribution to Universal Education,” “Bringing Forth Fruit: Luther on Social Welfare,” and many more.

In addition, he has presented numerous lectures for congregations and has taught at universities and professional schools around the world such as Ethiopia, Croatia, Brazil, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. He serves as a frequent resource on the Reformation.

He has held membership in the Society for Reformation Research (executive board and treasurer), Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (executive council, membership secretary, and treasurer), American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek (founding member, executive board, and secretary/treasurer), Verein für Reformationsgeschichte, Luther-Gesellschaft, Renaissance Society of America, American Society of Church History, and Lutheran Historical Conference.

His service on Synodical commissions have included the Commission on Doctrinal Review (chairman) and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (secretary).

Rev. Dr. Rosin and his wife, Laine, live in Ballwin, Missouri, and attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Missouri.