Chancellor Kirwan Receives Reginald Jones Award
Award Recognizes Individuals
Advancing the Cause of Minorities in STEM Fields
ADELPHI, Md. (May 30, 2008) - University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor
William E. Kirwan has been named the 2008 recipient of the Reginald H. Jones
Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Action Council for
Minorities in Engineering (NACME). The award is named for Reginald H. Jones
who, as chairman and CEO of General Electric, helped to establish NACME and
honors individuals who have made significant contributions to increasing the
representation of minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and
The award includes a $10,000
donation to the not-for-profit of the honoree's choice. Chancellor Kirwan has
directed the donation to the University System of Maryland Foundation in
support scholarships for low-income and underrepresented minority students.
"Reginald Jones was a pioneer
in increasing access to engineering education for minorities," said Chancellor
Kirwan. "I am truly honored to receive this award bearing his name. His work
and legacy-the mission of NACME-remind us all how important it is that we
continue our efforts to increase minority participation in higher education
overall, and specifically in the nation's science and engineering workforce."
Chancellor Kirwan became the
third chancellor of the University System of Maryland in August 2002.
Previously, he served as president of Ohio State University (1998-2002)
and as president of the University of Maryland, College Park
(1988-1998). Prior to his presidency, he served as a member of the
University of Maryland mathematics faculty for 34
years. Chancellor Kirwan is a
nationally recognized authority on critical issues shaping the higher
education, including accountability, cost containment, economic
competitiveness, and diversity and equity. He serves on the Board of
of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; chairs the College
on Access, Admissions, and Success in Higher Education; and is the
Chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant
Colleges' Committee on Student Learning and Accountability.
Founded in 1974, NACME
provides leadership, advocacy, and support for the national effort to increase
the representation of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines and
professions. For more information on NACME's mission, visit www.nacme.org.
Chancellor Kirwan's Biography
National Action Council for Minorities in
Contact: John Buettner