Sweetwater Founder Chuck Surack Receives Two Doctorate Degrees


-- Honors Conferred by Indiana University and University of St. Francis --

Fort Wayne, IN, May 14, 2012 — Chuck Surack, President and Founder of Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the U.S., recently received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from each of two different universities in Indiana.

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Indiana University conferred the honor during commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 9, at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum. In his comments, Chuck O’Connor, the Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Indiana University - Purdue University- Fort Wayne (IPFW), the Fort Wayne IU campus, listed Surack’s many professional accomplishments, as well as his involvement and support of the community. He concluded, "Chuck Surack and Sweetwater Sound have been central to the success of the music technology program at IPFW. For all he has done for IPFW, as well as for the economic and cultural well-being of northeast Indiana, Indiana University is proud to confer upon him the Doctorate of Humane Letters."

IPFW’s music technology program was launched in 2010 as a partnership between the university and Sweetwater, with major funding from Chuck and his wife Lisa.

Professor Jeffrey Hass of the Center for Electronic and Computer Music at the Jacobs School of Music at the IU Bloomington campus, said, “Chuck is personally a very generous supporter of our program. His commitment to education is unparalleled among his music technology peers.”

The University of St. Francis (USF), a private education institution in Fort Wayne, IN, presented Mr. Surack with his degree at its commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 4th, also at the Memorial Coliseum. USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, listed Surack’s accomplishments dating back to his early childhood, and concluded, “We are pleased to award the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Chuck Surack. His leadership, generosity and guidance, not only to the university, but to so many other people and organizations, exemplify the qualities associated with this high honor.”

Surack helped to launch USF’s music technology degree in 2007, providing Sales Engineers for the development of music technology labs and facilities, as well as equipment to start the program. In addition, Surack and his wife, Lisa, created the Sweetwater/Chuck and Lisa Surack Endowed Scholarship for Music Technology to assist students with financial aid.

Surack remarked, “I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so honored; to be recognized in such an extraordinary and unexpected way is truly humbling. No one accomplishes anything without the support of others, so I will always cherish this recognition on behalf of the many hundreds of friends, partners, and employees who’ve been a part of making my dreams a reality.”