Illinois State University President Al Bowman has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V Chief Executive Leadership Award.
Established by CASE in 1999, the award recognizes presidents for outstanding leadership and service in support of education and contributions to their institutions and communities that deserve exceptional notice and praise.
“The selection committee was impressed with the leadership you have provided to Illinois State, and you were a unanimous choice for this honor from a very competitive pool of candidates,” said CASE Trustee Teresa Exline in notifying Bowman of the award. Bowman will be officially honored at the annual CASE V conference in Chicago in December. The CASE V district includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
“When we looked at the criteria for this award, they clearly matched President Bowman’s leadership style,” said Erin Minné, vice president for University Advancement. “Since becoming president eight years ago, Dr. Bowman has led a transformation making Illinois State a top-choice public university and earning greater national acclaim and respect. For his work on campus and throughout the community, he richly deserves this recognition.”
Among those joining Minné in Bowman’s nomination were Charlie Moore, chief executive officer of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, and Marty Vanags, chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of the Bloomington-Normal Area. Nominating criteria included the attributes of support, vision, image, community involvement and innovation.
“President Bowman’s leadership extends well beyond the boundaries of Illinois State’s campus to the entire community,” Moore said. “His passion to bring the University and community together in partnership benefits not only the students and employees of Illinois State, but all the citizens of McLean County.”