The Carnegie Corporation of New York has honored four leaders in higher education with the 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award. The winners of this year's award are Leon Botstein, president of Bard College; Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University; Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania; and William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland.
Established in 2005, the award recognizes higher education leaders for their commitment to excellence in undergraduate education; the development of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs; university outreach to their respective communities and cooperative efforts with business, civic, and education leaders; and international initiatives. Botstein is being honored for his longtime support of innovation in higher education, while Cowen was recognized for his leadership in rebuilding Tulane after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as his work to improve K-12 public schools in New Orleans, Gutmann was honored for her efforts to integrate knowledge across disciplines and increase student access locally and globally, and Kirwan was recognized for his commitment to diversity, math and science learning, and affordable higher education. Each awardee will receive $500,000 to support academic priorities at their institutions.
"Each of these leaders has an academic vision focused on a commitment to excellence. They all see the university as an integral part of their communities, and view the health of K-12 education as central to the future of higher education," said Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian. "At a time when resources are scarce, we hope these awards will allow outstanding leaders to maintain the momentum of their most critical and innovative educational initiatives."
For more information about the 2009 Academic Leadership Award winners, visit the Carnegie Corporation Web site.