MCLA President Mary Grant Awarded Massachusetts State Merit Award


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that its president, Mary K. Grant, received the New England Board of Higher Education's (NEBHE) 2014 Massachusetts State Merit Award,  which she accepted at NEBHE's 12th Annual New England Higher Education Excellence Awards dinner on Friday, March 7 at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.

In total, six state merit awards were presented - one in each of the New England states. They were presented to an individual, program, organization, institution or business for exemplary work and excellence in promoting college readiness and success for the students of New England.

"Mary Grant is an extraordinary advocate for public higher education, civic engagement and community service," said NEBHE President and CEO Michael K. Thomas. "Her tireless efforts have helped MCLA stand out as one of the top public liberal arts institutions in America."

Council of State University Presidents Executive Officer, Vincent Pedone, praised Grant for her leadership. "There is no greater professional honor than to be recognized by one's peers," said Pedone.  "Mary Grant has put MCLA and North Adams on the map for serious students who want a small campus liberal arts education and an outstanding academic experience.  Her passion and vision inspire her students, her colleagues, and the commonwealth."

JD Chesloff, MCLA Trustee and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, affirmed Grant's impact on the community.

"We in the MCLA community know and admire the exceptional leadership of President Grant," Chesloff said. "What this award shows is that President Grant is also a force that is recognized both statewide and regionally. Her innovative leadership promotes the College but, more importantly, improves the educational experience and preparation of our students," Chesloff continued. "I am delighted that President Grant's work was recognized, and I congratulate her and the MCLA family."

Grant said she was honored to receive the Massachusetts State Merit Award.

"MCLA and NEBHE are committed to academic excellence and understand the importance of higher education and the transformative power that it can have on individuals and families, as well as regions, states, and nations," said Grant. "At MCLA, we continue our work to encourage students to thrive and succeed by presenting them with new and exciting opportunities for innovative learning experiences."

Founded in 1955, NEBHE promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England.

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