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UC Presents Drs. Zuromskis’ With Honorary Degrees


Williamsburg, Ky. – The 55th Annual Honors Day was held in the Gatliff Chapel at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on Sunday, April 27, 2014. During the ceremony, UC President, Dr. Jim Taylor, presented honorary degrees to Dr. Christine Zuromskis and Dr. Michael Zuromskis.

Dr. Christine Zuromskis received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.


As the oldest of 10 children growing up in Erie, Penn., Christine knew that education was the key to success. She flourished in school, earning a National Honor Society membership and a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. Financial obligations required that she quit her studies and she subsequently moved to Boston where she met and married her husband, Michael. Together they founded a real estate investment firm and she enrolled at Harvard and finished her degree in Russian History and English Literature.

Dr. Christine Zuromskis has maintained her interest in education by serving on the Chairman’s Council of the American Trust for the British Library and as a founding board member of the British Library American Foundation.

She is currently researching a book on 17th Century Sugar Plantation Life in the British West Indies and pursuing her master’s degree at Harvard.

Dr. J. Michael Zuromskis received an honorary Doctorate of Law.

Dr. Michael Zuromskis, a semi-retired entrepreneur, attended the Phillips Exeter Academy and received his AB degree from Harvard College where he majored in American Government and rowed on the Harvard Varsity crew.

Early in his career he sold mainframe computers for the UNIVAC division of Sperry Rand subsequently serving as a marketing executive with a small software company. Leaving the technology sector, he directed his attention to real estate and began purchasing and renovating older properties in the Boston area. He also spent some time acquiring medical facilities for a Swiss investment firm.

Today, he and his wife Christine control a diversified portfolio including real estate investments and shipping and storage facilities. As a member of the National Association of Scholars, Dr. Michael Zuromskis has maintained an interest in examining current problems in the American education system and is a keen supporter of University of the Cumberlands.

Together, the Zuromskis have homes in Boston; Maine; London, England; and the Caribbean island of Nevis.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit