Paul Reed Smith, Founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars, has received an honorary doctorate of public service from Maryland’s Washington College. The degree, which was in recognition of Smith’s significant achievements as an innovative and creative thinker, was presented by Washington College’s President, Sheila Bair, during a public ceremony on April 13. Smith was recognized for PRS Guitars, which has been designing and manufacturing electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars and amplifiers for more than 30 years, and for his new company, Digital Harmonic, LLC, which marries art and science with developed image and waveform technology.

“I am very appreciative to be recognized by the Department of Business Management at Washington College,” Smith said. “I hope it serves as an inspiration to the students that, regardless of where you start, things are possible with determination, a plan and a great work ethic.”

Smith joins a prestigious circle of honorary degree recipients, among whom are U.S. presidents (including George Washington) and nationally renowned scientists, writers, artists, historians and statesmen. Smith has visited Washington College on several occasions, offering master classes in music and performing with the Paul Reed Smith Band.

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