February 10, 2020
Tina Bjarekull, retired president of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), was presented with the 2020 Henry Paley Memorial Award during the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ 2020 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day.
The Henry Paley Memorial Award recognizes an individual who embodies a spirit of unfailing service toward the students and faculty of independent colleges and universities. The recipient of this reward has set an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States. Henry Paley was president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York from 1975 until his untimely death in 1984. He possessed a larger than life personality and was an important force in support of private, nonprofit colleges and universities in New York.
“Tina Bjarekull’s dedication, talent and perseverance in service to Maryland’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities, faculty and students truly exemplify the attributes of the Paley Award,” said Barbara K. Mistick, president of NAICU. “Beyond Maryland, Tina also has had leadership roles at the national level. The results she has achieved at the national and state level on behalf of her member institutions and the students they serve are truly remarkable and inspiring.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called Bjarekull the “voice of private, nonprofit higher education in Maryland. “Tina was the name, the face and the voice of private, nonprofit higher education in Maryland for many years,” he said. “She has been a magnificent leader at the state and national level, a passionate advocate for quality private higher education.”