In honor of his dedication to higher education in Maryland, the presidents of the State’s independent colleges and universities will present Thomas V. Mike Miller, President of the Maryland Senate, with the prestigious and sparingly bestowed Presidents’ Award on February 21, 2017 - the day the Governor proclaimed as Independent Higher Education Day in the State of Maryland.
“Over the years, President Miller has been a champion for investments in higher education – public and private. He has supported capital grants for academic buildings and operating funds to support students. He has backed legislation to make our system stronger and more effective. Maryland’s independent colleges and universities are indebted to President Miller for his leadership,” said Father Brian Linnane, President of Loyola University Maryland.
The award serves to honor President Miller’s more than 45 years of unparalleled leadership, remarkable public service, and support of access and affordability for higher education.
“The Presidents’ Award is presented sparingly to a few noble leaders who have made exceptional contributions to independent higher education, who have stood up for college access and opportunity, who understand the importance of student choice, and who know the value of knowledge. I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this honor,” said Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College and Chair of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) Board of Trustees.
The ceremony was held in the Miller Senate Office Building during Independent Higher Education Day celebrations and was attended by the presidents of MICUA’s member institutions, who unanimously voted to present the award to President Miller. Over 150 students and administrators who gathered for Independent Higher Education Day from MICUA’s member institutions witnessed the presentation.
Earlier that day, students, administrators, and presidents of MICUA member institutions gathered to celebrate the State’s partnership with its independent colleges and universities and the options, opportunities, and outcomes the partnership brings to Maryland. Students also gave thanks to elected officials for their support of Maryland’s independent institutions, which serve 61,000 students and confer 14,600 degrees annually.