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President Walter Harrison Honored Twice in One Day


Posted 05/18/2017
Submitted by Rose Brodeur
Category: Accolades, Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
President Harrison accepts the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) 2017 Connecticut Excellence Award.

President Harrison accepts the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) 2017 Connecticut Excellence Award.

Faculty Senate Chair Anne Pidano presents President Harrison with a contribution in his name to Roberto's Kids.

Faculty Senate Chair Anne Pidano presents President Harrison with a contribution in his name to Roberto's Kids.

President Harrison's personalized career baseball card.

President Harrison's personalized career baseball card.

President Walter Harrison was recognized on and off campus on Tues., May 16 for his leadership and contributions during his 19 years as president. The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) awarded him the 2017 Connecticut Excellence Award at the State Capitol, while the University's Faculty Senate acknowledged him with three meaningful keepsakes during a monthly meeting.

Each year since 2003, NEBHE has presented awards to individuals and organizations in each New England state, "for exemplifying, through their work, excellence in promoting sound education practices and policies, efficient sharing of education resources, and leadership to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being of New England."

You can watch the presentation of the Connecticut Excellence Award and view President Harrison's speech here.

In a touching tribute to one of President Harrison's favorite baseball players, the late Roberto Clemente, who spent 18 seasons playing as a right fielder for President Harrison's beloved hometown major league baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Faculty Senate presented him with a contribution in his name to Roberto's Kids, an organization devoted to nurturing social responsibility by using baseball to bridge the gap between different cultures.

"The Faculty Senate was pleased to recognize President Harrison's achievements and to honor him for his 19 years of service," says Faculty Senate Chair Anne Pidano. "Knowing that he is a major league fan, we gifted him with baseball-themed mementos as an opportunity to thank him for his dedication to the University."

The Faculty Senate also presented President Harrison with an "official" University of Hartford baseball shirt garnering the number 19 to recognize his years of service, and his own personalized career baseball card, complete with his achievements serving as statistics, including his formation of the President Walter Harrison Endowed Faculty Development Fund designed to support, "the many exceptional faculty who embody Walter Harrison's love of teaching students, and the University", as well as a number of other interesting stats, such as the fact that he's congratulated more than 30,000 graduates during his presidency.

"The Faculty Senate was pleased to recognize President Harrison's achievements and to honor him for his 19 years of service," Pidano says. "Knowing that he is a major league fan, we gifted him with baseball-themed mementos, but it was also an opportunity to thank him for his dedication to the University."

President Harrison accepts the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) 2017 Connecticut Excellence Award.

President Harrison accepts the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) 2017 Connecticut Excellence Award.

Faculty Senate Chair Anne Pidano presents President Harrison with a contribution in his name to Roberto's Kids.

Faculty Senate Chair Anne Pidano presents President Harrison with a contribution in his name to Roberto's Kids.

President Harrison's personalized career baseball card.

President Harrison's personalized career baseball card.