McGill Principal receives prestigious leadership award


Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, will receive tonight the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award is one of six major distinctions that will be presented by CASE International’s chapter for northeastern United States and Eastern Canada (District I), at an event to be held in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Chief Executive Leadership Award honours institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts in promoting public understanding of education, and for support of advancement at their campuses. It recognizes institutional heads, presidents, chancellors, or other campus chief executive officers who have demonstrated the ability to increase their institution’s stature in the community and to establish a positive image for their institution while leading it to even higher levels of success.
“One of the qualities this awards aims to recognize is an inspiring vision,” said Christine Tempesta, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the MIT Alumni Association and Chair of the CASE District I Board of Directors. “McGill’s successes over the past decade as one of the top-ranked universities in the world, as well as the innovative research and higher education public policy programs Prof. Munroe-Blum has contributed to in Canada and in her native Quebec, are compelling demonstrations of her vision for a highly performing university system.”
“McGill welcomes this prestigious recognition of Principal Munroe-Blum’s outstanding achievements over the past ten years,” added Stuart (Kip) Cobbett, Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors. “Thanks to exemplary engagement from its alumni, donors and volunteers, McGill has had a successful campaign that has led to a significant increase in graduate scholarships and student aid. McGill also proceeded with a renewal of its faculty with the hiring of more than 1,000 new professors and, with the support of a number of generous donors, established a number of new cutting-edge facilities on its historic campus.”
"I am moved at receiving this award from CASE, a most valuable and distinguished institution. CASE's advocacy for philanthropy is vital as we promote the key role of universities in society," said Prof. Munroe-Blum. "I accept this award with great pride on behalf of the remarkable people who make up the McGill community – our faculty, staff and students, and our engaged and generous alumni and volunteers in over 180 countries. Together, we are enabled to grow the impact and reach of our university and to expand our capacity to serve superbly communities and society, locally and around the world."

Read full article: McGill Newsroom, January 30, 2013