- Honorary Degree (1974)
- Doctor of Science
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Presenter: John William Ryan
A native of Prachuabkirikan, Thailand, and a graduate of Chulalongkorn University, Malai Huvanandana received a Thai Government Scholarship to complete advanced degrees in political science abroad. He holds a master's degree from the University of the Philippines and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. Prior to his graduate work, he had served in the Excise Department of the Ministry of Finance and in the Department of Physical Education in the Ministry of Education.
Upon his return to Thailand, Dr. Huvanandana was appointed Deputy District Officer and Chief of Section in the Ministry of Interior and also became a member of the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University. With the exception of a two-year period as Governor of Puket Province and ten years as Deputy Director-General in the Public Welfare Department, Dr. Huvanandana has been principally associated with the Ministry of Interior, rising from Division Chief of the Municipal Control Division to successive posts as Inspector-General, Deputy Under-Secretary, Executive Advisor, Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Policy and Planning of Interior, Chief of the Office of Interior Policy and Planning, and Deputy Minister. While Deputy Minister, he headed the National Housing Authority. Concurrently he has of Laws had a distinguished academic career at Thammasat University: first, where he successively headed the Faculty of Political Science, the Faculty of Social Administration, and the Institute of Public Administration, and later at the National Institute of Development Administration - a Ford Foundation-sponsored project of which Indiana University has been the American partner - where he served for three years as Rector and was Chairman of its Board of Trustees. Dr. Huvanandana has participated as a Deputy Member in the ILO Governing Body, as Chairman of the EROPA Executive Council, and as a member of both the U.N. Social Development Commission and the Governing Council for the Asian Academy of Development Administration.
His numerous honors include election to Knight Grand Cordon (special class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand; Knight Grand Commander (second class, lower and higher grades) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao; Plaque of the Order of Brilliant Star, Republic of China; Order of Diplomatic Service Merit (second class), Republic of Korea; Knight Grand Cordon (special class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant; and Safe-guarding of the Freeman (second class) Medal.