NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott is to receive an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College on May 28, 2006. Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke is the nation's oldest continuing institution of higher learning for women. Speaking of Scott, the college's president Joanne V. Creighton said, "As science education has been under ideological and political assault in the U.S., you have defended the separation of church and state and the power of uncompromised scientific inquiry and knowledge. By putting your intellect and passion to work for the greater good, you have exemplified the ideals upon which Mount Holyoke was founded." The honorary degree will be Scott's third; she received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from McGill University in 2003 and Ohio State University in 2005.