2008 New England Higher Education Excellence Awards Winners Announced

January 9, 2008

BOSTON— New Hampshire governor John H. Lynch and Robert L. Carothers, longstanding president of the University of Rhode Island, are among the recipients of the 2008 New England Higher Education Excellence Awards announced by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).

Commenting on the 2008 award honorees, NEBHE Chair and former Maine state Sen. Mary R. Cathcart said, “NEBHE’s primary mission is to ensure that all of our region’s students are ready to succeed and have access to quality, affordable higher education opportunities. The programs, organizations and individuals who are recipients of Excellence Awards represent the NEBHE mission in action.”

Each year, NEBHE presents four regional awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity and six state merit awards that honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state.

NEBHE Chair-Elect, Massachusetts state Sen. Joan Menard commented:

“This year’s Excellence Award recipients reflect New England’s rich cadre of professionals, organizations and colleges and universities — all working to pave the pathway of opportunity for every student.”

Among winners of the 2008 regional excellence awards, Carothers will be honored with the regional award for lifetime achievement, named for the late Rhode Island Higher Education Commissioner Eleanor M. McMahon.

Lynch will receive the regional award for leadership named for Walter R. Peterson, New Hampshire’s governor from 1969 to 1973.

The regional award for trusteeship, named for former University of Massachusetts President David C. Knapp, will be presented to Robert S. Karam, past chair of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees.

The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vermont will be honored with the regional award for program achievement, named for former Rhode Island state senator and Newport mayor Robert J. McKenna.

The 2008 New England Higher Education State Merit Awards winners are:

Conn. – Manchester Community College President Jonathan Daube

Maine – The Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute

Mass. – The Massachusetts School-to-College Date Policy Team, a joint venture between the Department of Education and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (Mass.)

N.H. – Keene State College’s Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies

R.I. – Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center, which provides adult education programs to low-income Rhode Islanders

Vt. – Vermont, John F. Brennan, president of Green Mountain College

NEBHE will honor the winners at an awards ceremony on Friday, March 14, at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The evening will also include a special presentation honoring the 50th Anniversary of NEBHE’s tuition-saving Regional Student Program. Click here for more information about NEBHE’s New England Higher Education Excellence Awards.


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