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SOURCE Carnegie Corporation of New York
Presidents of Arizona State, Duke, Spelman and Stanford Win Grants
NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced four recipients of its 2013 Academic Leadership Award. Each winner is an exceptional president of a U.S. college or university. The award is in the form of a $500,000 grant to be used in support of each honoree's academic initiatives.
The 2013 honorees are:
The Academic Leadership Award, established in 2005, builds on Carnegie Corporation's long tradition of developing and recognizing leadership in higher education. The award honors university presidents who are not only resourceful administrators and managers, but also have a keen interest in the liberal arts and a commitment to excellence and access, curricular innovation, reform of K-12 education, international engagement, and the promotion of strong links between their institutions and their local communities.
"At a time when we all recognize that education is crucial to the future of our society, economy, and democracy, the quality of the leadership of higher education institutions is of paramount importance," said Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. "I'm very proud that Carnegie Corporation, since 2005, has singled out 16 exemplary college and university presidents in the United States."
The award is distinctive because it does not give money directly to the honoree. Rather, the $500,000 grant is given to each institution to be used at the discretion of the honoree to further each winner's academic priorities.
This year's award recipients and examples of their accomplishments:
Richard Brodhead: http://about.duke.edu/leadership/brodhead
Starting with his inaugural in 2004, President Brodhead has made the university's primary mission "knowledge in service to society." His vision exemplifies the achievements that the Academic Leadership Award recognizes, including access and excellence, a commitment to the liberal arts, interdisciplinarity, and global engagement. President Brodhead also serves as co-chair of the national Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his initiatives, President Brodhead:
Michael Crow: http://president.asu.edu/about/michaelcrow
Crow has served as the President of Arizona State University since 2002. He has become nationally known for his commitment to innovation and to reinventing the research university model to emphasize access and excellence. In his inaugural speech, President Crow described a "New American University" measured, in large part, "not by who we exclude, but rather by who we include and how they succeed." This has been the guiding principle of President Crow's administration, which has:
John Hennessy: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/president/biography/
Since 2000, John Hennessy has served as president of Stanford University, one of the nation's most prestigious institutions. Though perhaps best known as a center for Silicon Valley innovation, under President Hennessy's leadership the university has continued to deepen and broaden its commitment to humanistic study, expanded interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty members and students, and developed new centers and partnerships abroad. In addition, President Hennessy has underscored the importance of K-12 education reform, and he has led the university's commitment to provide access and financial aid for low- and middle-income students. President Hennessy has:
Beverly Daniel Tatum: http://bit.ly/1iHVZw4
Since being named President of Spelman College in 2002, Beverly Daniel Tatum has shown that, with vision and commitment, access and excellence in higher education do not have to be mutually exclusive. The college is known for admitting and graduating a large percentage of low-income, first generation students. During her tenure, the percent of students qualifying for federal Pell Grants has risen from some 30 percent to over 50 percent, about 87 percent of all students receive some form of financial aid, and scholarship support has tripled. President Tatum, the first African American female college president to receive the award has:
The Academic Leadership Award reflects another dimension of Andrew Carnegie's vision that education is a fundamental element in strengthening the bonds of our society and our democracy. Recipients have been heads of distinguished institutions, small and large, public and private, from both coasts and in between. While each university and its constituents present a distinct set of challenges, what unites these leaders is their firm belief in the value of a high-quality college education for all, and their vigorous outreach to the wider community. They represent some of higher education's most effective leaders. They have demonstrated true dedication to helping students achieve their aspirations, now and far into the future.
The Corporation solicits nominations from previous winners, as well as from the leaders of national organizations representing higher education. The nominations are carefully reviewed, with particular scrutiny given to a candidate's long-term record of accomplishment and innovation.
Past winners of the Academic Leadership Award are:
Henry S. Bienen, Northwestern University
Robert J. Birgeneau, University of California, Berkeley
Leon Botstein, Bard College
Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
Jared L. Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University
Scott S. Cowen, Tulane University
Matthew Goldstein, The City University of New York
Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
William E. Kirwan, University System of Maryland
Eduardo J. Padrón, Miami Dade College
Don M. Randel, University of Chicago
About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.
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