February 6, 2019
On February 5, 2019, the presidents of Maryland’s independent colleges and universities bestowed the prestigious Presidents’ Award to Maryland’s U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen for his unparalleled leadership and remarkable public service in support of higher education. The presentation took place on Capitol Hill in the Hart Senate Office building.
The Presidents’ Award was established by the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) to recognize exceptional leaders who have made impactful contributions to college access, student success, and the advancement of knowledge. Over the past 50 years, the award has been presented sparingly to eight esteemed leaders who have distinguished themselves as champions of higher education.
Dr. Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College and Chair of the MICUA Board of Trustees, described the significance of the award and acclaimed the decision to honor one of Maryland’s most accomplished political leaders. “The actions of a few noble leaders have a profound impact on the lives of millions. Senator Van Hollen has used the strength of his ideals and the power of his position for the benefit of millions. Through his leadership and service, our nation and its citizens are safer, healthier, and more prosperous.”