2012 August 6 - 12:00 am


  • Kelly D’eath, director of financial aid at Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) recently received a commendation from the National Society of Leadership and Success. The award was special for D’eath because of its source — a nomination from the students who are members of the Gadsden State Chapter of the Society of Leadership and Success, sponsored by Judy Hill. D’eath received the Excellence in Service to Students Award, which recognizes and honors non-faculty staff members “who exemplify service to students.” D’eath said that’s the best part of her job.

  • Hinds Community College (Miss.) President Clyde Muse was presented the inaugural Excellence in Government Award in Local and District Government by Governor Phil Bryant on July 3 at the governor’s office in Jackson. Selected for his impact on the college, as well as his impact on the Mississippi community college system, Muse was recognized for his innovative approach to providing affordable and accessible education, including his public/private partnership with the Army National Guard; his local county/college partnership with Rankin County; and his public school/community college partnership with the Gateway to College National Network, which will be launched this fall. Muse has been president of Hinds since 1978. Bryant was a Hinds Community College student, receiving an associate degree in criminal science in 1975. Muse has been chairman of the Mississippi Association for Community and Junior Colleges legislative committee for many years, working tirelessly with lawmakers to secure funding for the 15-college system.

  • The Clark College Foundation (Wash.) has been named a national fundraising leader, receiving a prestigious award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The foundation was one of 41 institutions chosen for the Educational Fundraising Award in the Overall Performance category. Other institutions selected in the category include Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton and Wesleyan universities, as well as Vassar and Wheaton colleges and the United States Naval Academy. CASE consists of more than 3,400 colleges, universities and other schools. Clark College is one of three colleges in the nation that was chosen in the public, two-year institutions sub-category. The others were Community College of Allegheny County (Pa.) and Northwestern Michigan College. The annual award honors CASE-member institutions that show “exemplary development operations.” Awards are given for overall performance and overall improvement in fundraising, according to Brian Flahaven, director of legislative, foundation and recognition programs.
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