- Honorary Degree (1998)
- Doctor of Laws
- 10th Anniversary Center on Philanthropy
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Presenter: Myles Brand
Joseph was nominated by President Bill Clinton as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in July 1995. He had been appointed undersecretary of the Department of the Interior by President Jimmy Carter, was a member of the advisory committee to the Agency for International Development under President Ronald Reagan, and was appointed an incorporating director of the Points of Light Foundation and a member of the Presidential Commission on Historically Black Colleges by President George Bush.
Joseph was president and chief executive officer of the Council on Foundations from 1982-1995, and was vice president of Cummins Engine Company and president of the Cummins Engine Foundation from 1972-1977. He is the author of two widely acclaimed books, The Charitable Impulse and Remaking America.