Christopher S. “Kit” Bond, the former Missouri governor and U.S. senator who earned a reputation over his 40 years of distinguished public service as a skilled statesman able to build coalitions and effectively work across party lines, and as the siren voice for developing policies that strengthened the connection between parents and children through Parents as Teachers (PAT), has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
While Missouri governor, Bond was instrumental in supporting legislation to require ‘parenting education’ in every school district in Missouri. As a U.S. House Committee on Appropriations member, Sen. Bond was the primary voice for PAT in Washington, D.C. Bond still considers helping to expand the PAT program to be one of the greatest accomplishments of his long career in public office.
He waged a career-long crusade for funding for the upstart program. As a young father, Bond enrolled his son in the PAT program during its pilot stage. To this day, he calls PAT “Missouri’s greatest export.”
Bond is a lifetime member of PAT’s board of directors.