Citation for Dr. John G. Rangos, Sr.

(L to R) Alex Machaskee, Executive Chair of SVOTS Board of Trustees; Dr. John Rangos; Archpriest Chad Hatfield(L to R) Alex Machaskee, Executive Chair of SVOTS Board of Trustees; Dr. John Rangos; Archpriest Chad HatfieldCITATION FOR DR. JOHN G. RANGOS, SR.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa)
7 February 2016 

“For where your treasure is there also is your heart” (Matthew 6:21).

John G. Rangos, Sr. reflects in his life, labors and Orthodox Christian faith the truth of these words from St. Matthew’s Gospel. Your heart purified by hearing the Gospel has inspired you to place your treasure at the service of Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

A man of sharp business acumen and vision as CEO of Chambers Development Company and Vice-Chairman of USA Waste you were a good and faithful steward using God’s blessing for the betterment of humanity.

As a founder of and honorary lifetime chairman of International Orthodox Christian Charities millions of dollars have been raised in service to those in need around the world.

Your gifts have been used as a Patron of the Arts and a Promoter of Education including a world–class library and administration building on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. 

As a Protector of Children you are now known to a multitude as the Builder of Hospitals, Benefactor of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted and Liberator of the Captive.

You stand in witness to your faith as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Order of St. Andrew the Apostle.  In consultation with His All-Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew you have become a Friend of the Natural Environment putting forth pioneering technological advances for environmental concerns seeking both restoration and renewal in service to the Creation of the Almighty.

Therefore, it is with great honor that:

By virtue of the Board of Regents of the State of New York in the Board of Trustees and the Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and by their unanimous decision, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) honoris causa, is bestowed upon the servant of Christ, Dr. John G. Rangos, Sr.