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Jan. 5, 2009
The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education will present Northwest Missouri State University President Dean L. Hubbard with its Chief Executive Leader Award on Jan. 27 at the annual CASE District VI conference in Kansas City.
Hubbard, who will retire in July, was nominated by the Northwest Foundation, and his nomination received letters of support from Mike Faust, president of the Northwest Foundation; Chuck Place, a former president of the Northwest Foundation; and Don Schneider, a member of the Northwest Board of Regents.
The Chief Executive Leader Award recognizes the chief executive of an academic institution who has demonstrated the ability to:
"Since arriving at Northwest in 1984, Dr. Hubbard has created a vision, inspired others, established a positive image for Northwest and increased the University's stature in the community," said Orrie Covert, vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Northwest Foundation. "He has encouraged innovation and risk-taking among Northwest employees and has actively supported the University's advancement efforts."
In his nomination letter, Faust cited Hubbard's ability to dramatically change the culture of the University and ensure that students are the focal point of Northwest's educational philosophy.
"Dr. Hubbard is a transformational figure in higher education who has a passion for making sure students leave with tools for life and career, not just a piece of paper," Faust said. "Because of Dr. Hubbard, quality is not a slogan, but an integral part of the culture. The culture honors good results, not good intentions."
With all his successes over a 25-year career, Schneider said one of Hubbard's significant accomplishments has been his vision for an institute on campus that combines business and academia.
"His hard work and dedication to this notion has produced funding and has seen the hope become a reality with the building of the Northwest Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This initiative was rooted in the twin notions of educational and economic opportunity," Schneider wrote in his nomination letter.
"The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will combine research and high-tech business incubation by coupling academic and entrepreneurial resources. Dr. Hubbard's dream is the help make Missouri a full participant in the 21 st century global marketplace by providing research and direction in multiple areas of science, nanotechnology and biopharming. His ambitious dream has been realized and will undoubtedly experience tremendous success. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has already been hailed by Missouri's governor as 'cutting-edge technology and creative genius.'"
In his letter, Place noted endeavors such as the Electronic Campus, alternative fuels, Culture of Quality and the American Dream Grant.
"President Hubbard's record of amazing success at Northwest was created by hard work and follow-up consistently applied hour after hour to all with whom he came in contact for what is now nearly 9,000 days in this leadership role," Place wrote. "... Leading and inspiring thousands of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University came not from a few introductions of planned changes but rather from the rare talent of involving the individuals and sharing the small bits of improvement with everyone."
CASE District VI will also present the Chief Executive Leader Award to Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University. The organization supports the efforts of college and university advancement offices in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
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