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MICUA Presents Presidents’ Award to Speaker Busch

Maryland Independent College and University Association

February 28, 2018


Earlier today, the presidents of the State’s independent colleges and universities presented Michael E. Busch, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, with the prestigious Presidents’ Award for his devotion to college access and the advancement of knowledge.

The Presidents’ Award is presented sparingly to a few noble leaders who have made exceptional contributions to independent higher education, who have stood up for college access and opportunity, who understand the importance of student choice, and who know the value of knowledge. In the history of the Association, the Presidents’ Award has been bestowed to only seven very deserving leaders.

The MICUA Board of Trustees voted to award the 2018 Presidents’ Award to Speaker Busch to recognize his 32 years of remarkable leadership and dedicated public service. “Speaker Busch has been a true champion for investments in higher education – public and private,” said Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College and Chair of the MICUA Board of Trustees. “The State of Maryland is well served by his effective statesmanship and commitment to the values Marylanders hold dear.”

Speaker Busch represents portions of Anne Arundel County, including his hometown of Annapolis and the world-renowned St. John’s College. The President of St. John’s College, Dr. Pano Kanelos, presented the award to Speaker Busch at a ceremony held in the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. Sixteen presidents and former presidents of Maryland’s independent colleges and universities along with over 150 students and campus leaders joined in the celebration.

Earlier in the day, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed February 28, 2018 “Independent Higher Education Day in the State of Maryland.” He recognized the successful partnership between the State of Maryland and its independent colleges and universities and commended the institutions for their contributions to workforce development, scientific discoveries, global competitiveness, civic participation, and service to community. MICUA students and campus leaders participated in a day-long celebration, which included briefings, visits with elected officials, and the special presentation to Speaker Busch.

To view photos of the award presentation as well as Independent Higher Education day click here.   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

MICUA is a non-profit organization which serves thirteen of Maryland’s highly distinctive and influential independent higher education institutions that serve 64,200 students annually at more than 180 locations throughout the State.

MICUA serves: Capitol Technology University, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, St. John’s College, Stevenson University, Washington Adventist University, and Washington College.