Education Leaders Honored at the Middle States Regional Forum
Education Leaders Honored at the Middle States Regional ForumRuth Elena Velasquez, Operations Specialist, Middle States Regional Office
Two outstanding leaders from the Middle States Region recently received prestigious recognition from the College Board for their service and leadership in education.
Arsallah Shairzay, Dean of Early College and Advanced Placement Program® at the Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, DC was presented the William U. Harris Award of Excellence. This award recognizes an individual from a member institution who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills in the field of education, a record of service that has inspired, the ability to prepare and connect young people to college, and a genuine commitment to mentoring education leaders in an environment that supports their development and growth.
Doranna Tindle, Principal of Friendship Tech Prep High School in Washington, DC presented the award to Arsallah and said, "Dr. Shairzay’s work is the work of cultivating minds and changing lives for the better….the long and arduous task of leveling the playing field and getting marginalized and underserved students into and through college is gritty and difficult on the ground. Dr. Shairzay has done this work with unwavering passion and without asking for honor or adulation every single day for over a decade. I am happy to say that I am a product of Dr. Shairzay’s intentional development and I stand here as a mere representative of the hundreds of students, teachers, leaders, and parents he has invested in and developed over the years.”
The Bernard P. Ireland Recognition Award was presented to Rodney Morrison, Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. The award recognizes an individual with a commitment to improving humanity through education, by demonstrating a record of service to young people in the easing of the transition from high school to college, and distinguishing themselves as a change agent in their constituency. It is the highest individual award that is given to Middle States Regional Assembly members.
“When asked about Rodney’s contributions to students, colleagues remember him as one of the enrollment professionals that truly puts long term student success as a priority” said David Adams, Vice President, Middle States Region, who presented the award. “He cares about outcomes and not just initial short term enrollment decisions, and is a strong advocate for providing students with the supports they need to be successful in higher education. Despite the confusing and overwhelming process of finding the right college, his compassionate personality puts families at ease. As students look back at their college years, they remember Rodney as a person who had a strong impact on them getting into, staying, and graduating from college”.
These accolades were conferred on January 28, 2016, at the Middle States Regional Forum, held in Baltimore, Maryland.