Honorary Degree Recipient

James B. Patterson James B. Patterson

Montclair State University has named author James B. Patterson as its 2014 honorary degree recipient. Mr. Patterson will deliver the keynote address to the 2014 graduating class and receive an honorary Doctor of Letters at Commencement, which will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the IZOD Center.

An award-winning author of more than 100 books, Mr. Patterson is best known for his suspense and thriller novels including the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and Women’s Murder Club series. He has also penned many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction works and romance novels and is the current best-selling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

A perennially best-selling author, Mr. Patterson has achieved book sales totaling more than 270 million copies. The first author to achieve 10 million e-book sales, Mr. Patterson holds the Guinness world record for the most titles to appear on The New York Times No. 1 best sellers list.

Mr. Patterson has garnered numerous awards including the Edgar Award, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year Award, the International Thriller of the Year Award and the Children’s Choice Book Award for Author of the Year.

An advocate of reading and education, Mr. Patterson and his wife, Susan, have donated books to schools and to military personnel in the United States and overseas and they have funded scholarships at numerous colleges and universities, including Montclair State University.

Providing more than $1 million in scholarship monies to universities in 2013 alone, the Pattersons are active financial supporters of up-and-coming teachers committed to providing their future students with the necessary foundation for lifelong reading enjoyment.

Mr. Patterson is a graduate of Manhattan College (BA) and Vanderbilt University (MA).