The , which is celebrating its centennial anniversary, has announced Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the , and Eduardo J. Padr�n, president of , as the recipients of the 2011 .
Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals who, in addition to fulfilling their administrative and managerial roles with dedication and creativity, have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence and equity in undergraduate education, curricular innovation, the liberal arts, reform of K-12 education, and the promotion of strong links between their institution and their local communities. Hrabowski and Padr�n will receive $500,000 each to use in support of academic initiatives at their respective institutions.
Hrabowski's recognizes his development of a culture of excellence and success in preparing students of all backgrounds to go on to earn PhDs in science and engineering, while Padr�n was selected for his efforts to improve student access, retention, graduation rates, and overall achievement at a school with a predominantly low-income and minority student population.
"Presidents Hrabowski and Padr�n have been powerful voices advocating for a robust undergraduate education that strives for excellence and creates an environment for students — especially low-income, minority and immigrant students — in which success is the norm," said Carnegie Corporation of New York president Vartan Gregorian. "They have each committed their institution to serving its community and have demonstrated that excellence in leadership is far more than effective management alone."