Chancellor William E. Kirwan of the University System of Maryland Honored with TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award
New York, March
8, 2010 -- The TIAA-CREF Institute is pleased to announce William E. (Brit)
Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, as winner of the 2010
TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. This award
recognizes leadership and commitment to higher education and contributions to
the greater good.
Madeleine d'Ambrosio, Vice President, TIAA-CREF Institute,
will present the award on March 8, 2010 at the American Council on Education's
Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona to Chancellor Kirwan.
"Chancellor Kirwan brings a collaborative and cooperative
leadership style to higher education welcoming all viewpoints," said Stephanie
Bell-Rose, Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute. "This coupled
with his forward thinking makes him one of the nation's most dynamic and
effective higher education leaders and we are so pleased to honor him today."
Established in 1993, the TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award is named in
honor of Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the
University of Notre Dame, nationally renowned educator and world humanitarian.
Father Hesburgh also served on the TIAA and CREF Boards of Overseers for
"Father Hesburgh stands as the symbol of leadership of what a
university president can and should do," said Kirwan. "To have my name in any
way associated with him is the greatest professional honor in my life."
Brit Kirwan has served as chancellor of the University System
of Maryland, which comprises 11 universities, since 2002 and previously served
as president of the University of Maryland, College Park and The Ohio State
University. His ongoing efforts have improved higher education and increased
the general public's appreciation for the role colleges and universities play
in advancing society.
Kirwan's effective leadership is most evident in the
collaborative partnerships he has established between the University System of
Maryland and the state's leaders. It's a partnership that has achieved
excellence both within the university system and for the greater good. His
efforts have produced notable results including increased state funding that
has promoted enrollment growth, and supported nanotechnology and biotechnology
to further enhance the system's pivotal leadership role in the knowledge
Kirwan has a relentless focus on improving access and affordability in
higher education and has also been a proponent of strengthening relationships
between the system and community colleges, and Maryland is known as a model of
collaboration between the two-and four-year sectors. With respect to
controlling costs without compromising quality, Kirwan's Effectiveness and
Efficiency initiative has emerged as a national model for higher education. It
was launched with a systematic examination and reengineering of all the
System's academic and administrative processes. While an ongoing initiative, it
is already a compelling success story.
Kirwan shared, "My passion as a leader is driven by equity and
excellence...equity because in a successful and stable society the benefits of
higher education must be available to all, and excellence because a society advances
best when people are challenged to achieve at their full potential."
As one of the nation's most respected higher education
leaders, Chancellor Kirwan has been asked to serve in many national and state
leadership positions. He has served as chair of several of the most important
higher education association boards, including the American Association of
State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Public and Land
Grant Universities, and the American Council on Education.
"Chancellor Kirwan's visionary leadership enables students,
faculty and the USM community to
realize full potential for success, and his commitment is shared by TIAA-CREF
as we take pride in helping to advance the goals of higher education, whether
in teaching, research or service," added Bell-Rose.
About the TIAA-CREF Institute
The mission of the TIAA-CREF Institute, part of TIAA-CREF, is
to foster objective research, build knowledge, support thought leadership, and
enhance understanding of strategic issues related to higher education and
lifelong financial security. For additional information, please visit www.tiaa-crefinstitute.org.
Click here to view an information brochure about the Hesburgh Award.
TIAA-CREF Institute is a division of Teachers
Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA), New York, NY.
American Council on Education
Contact: Mike Lurie