Rodney Morrison Receives Highest Honor from Middle States Region of the College Board
STONY BROOK, N.Y., April 12, 2016 — Stony Brook University’s Associate Provost for Enrollment Management & Retention, Rodney Morrison, received the 2016 Bernard P. Ireland Recognition Award from the Middle States Region of the College Board, the highest individual award that is given to Middle States Regional Assembly members.
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. This award decision was made by the Nominating Committee of the Middle States Regional Council.
“Congratulations to Rodney Morrison for this well-deserved honor and recognition,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “It is a testament to his outstanding work, which has helped the University achieve new milestones such as exceeding enrollment goals and raising 4-year graduation rates. His dedication and commitment to current and prospective students is quite profound.”
“As Provost, it has been my pleasure to work alongside Rodney Morrison in planning and executing the University’s enrollment management initiatives,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Rodney is well-deserving of this recognition for his work in ensuring that our student body continues to be highly-qualified and diverse, and in supporting Stony Brook University’s many student success initiatives.”
“We are grateful to Rodney for the critical leadership role he plays on the Middle States Regional Council,” said David Adams, Vice President of the Middle States Regional Office. “Rodney has served – and continues to serve – as a trusted advisor to me and many at the College Board. So many of us are proud to know Rodney as both a colleague and a friend.”
Adams also shared that when asked aboutRodney’s contribution:
Rodney is one of the enrollment professionals that truly puts long term student success as a priority. 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. 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.
The professionals Rodney has worked with said
: They admire the impressive array of institutions he has served, and the leadership and new ideas he has brought to advance the objectives of each institution. Rodney is always ready to elevate the conversation and address the hard-hitting issues with professionalism and warmth.
About Stony Brook University
Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.
About the College Board
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