Allan Bense lived out of his car for a portion of his last semester as a business graduate student at Florida State University.
“That was a tough point at FSU, but it certainly helped make me a better person,” Bense said, laughing about how he shaved and showered at the Tully Gym on campus.
But that didn’t close out his long-standing relationship with the university, and it’s something he hasn’t forgotten 44 years later as he prepares to accept an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his two-time alma mater.
The Republican former Florida House Speaker and accomplished businessman will be presented with the degree during an invitation-only ceremony on Monday.
“I’m extremely honored, and I was shocked,” said Bense, who had previously chaired the FSU Board of Trustees.
Will Weatherford, another former House Speaker (and Bense’s son-in-law), will speak at the ceremony. Ed Burr, the current Board chair, also will give remarks.
The honor typically recognizes people who have made scholarly or