The has announced the four recipients of its . They are Richard H. Brodhead, president of ; Michael M. Crow, president of ; John L. Hennessy, president of ; and Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of .
Established in 2005, the award honors university presidents who, in addition to being resourceful administrators, demonstrate a keen interest in the liberal arts and a commitment to promoting excellence and access, curricular innovation, K-12 education reform, and strong links between their institutions and local communities. The honorees' respective institutions will each receive $500,000 to be used at the discretion of the honoree to further his or her academic priorities.
Tatum, the first president of an historically black college or university to win the award, plans to apply half of the $500,000 award toward a matching grant that establishes an endowed computer science faculty position, while the other half will be used to create an endowed fund to help students who are nearing graduation meet emergency financial needs, the reports.
"At a time when we all recognize that education is crucial to the future of our society, economy, and democracy, the quality of the leadership of higher education institutions is of paramount importance," said Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian. "I'm very proud that Carnegie Corporation, since 2005, has singled out sixteen exemplary college and university presidents in the United States."