for President Judith Rodin
Award For 2003
Rodin, president of the University of Pennsylvania, scholar,
author, teacher, catalyst for neighborhood change, trailblazer
in higher education, champion of public education, and
builder of bridges among people of all backgrounds," has
been named winner of The Philadelphia Award for 2003. The
award is presented to a citizen of the region who has done
the most to "advance the best and largest interest" of
Rodin, the first woman to head an Ivy League institution,
receives Philadelphia's highest honor for advancing a multitude
of initiatives that have positively impacted Penn, its
neighborhood and the entire Philadelphia region, according
to William J. Marrazzo, chair of the Philadelphia Award
Trustees, and President and CEO of WHYY.
Marrazzo said, "She is being recognized for her unwavering
commitment to elevating the economy of West Philadelphia
and the quality of life for its residents; for her leadership
roles in galvanizing Philadelphia's higher education institutions
in order to keep the region's brightest graduates here
and for promoting the region as a high-tech business location."
Dr. Rodin accepts The Award at a ceremony this September,
she will join the ranks of a prestigious group of distinguished
leaders who have won the Award. The Award, which bestows
a $25,000 honorarium, was established in 1921 by Pulitzer-Prize
winning author and philanthropist Edward W. Bok.
enormously honored to be named as this year's winner of
The Philadelphia Award," Dr. Rodin said. "This prestigious
award is deeply meaningful to me, as it recognizes the
recipient's commitment to improving the life of our community, a
role that I have embraced throughout my ten years at Penn.
From the beginning of my tenure, I have striven to demonstrate
Penn's commitment to its community, through a host of programs
and initiatives to help spur economic development, educational
opportunity, business growth and quality of life enhancements. I
am also deeply honored to join the company of so many
distinguished former recipients, who, like me, share a
deep love for Philadelphia and its citizens."
Models of Excellence Award
President for Human Resources John Heuer made the following
remarks at the Models of Excellence ceremony on May 6 when
he presented an Award to President Rodin.
Rodin, we are going to miss you on this stage. You have
provided extraordinary leadership, guidance, and support
for this program, and supported so many others, that have
enriched staff experiences at Penn."
your tenure as President:
created a more positive work experience at Penn by encouraging
and participating in many appreciation and recognition
all this and so much more, we want to recognize you as
a Model of Excellence for the University of Pennsylvania.
Brown Honorary Degrees
Rodin received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris
causa, from New York University at their 172nd commencement
on May 13. She was one of five recipients.
Rodin will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree
Brown University's 236th Commencement on May 31. She will
receive her degree along with eight other recipients.
the honorary degree from Penn which was conferred at Commencement.
Veterinary Medicine's Bellwether Medal
the groundbreaking ceremonies for the School
of Veterinary Medicine's new Teaching and Research building on April
17, Dean Alan M. Kelly presented President Judith Rodin
the School's Silver Bellwether Medal. Dean Kelly thanked
Dr. Rodin for her contributions to the School and the University,
reading the following citation:
Rodin as President you have expanded the scope of possibilities
for the University of Pennsylvania's students, staff and
faculty, while simultaneously including the citizens in
the surrounding west Philadelphia area. The School of Veterinary
Medicine congratulates you on your unique visualization
and leadership that has enhanced the University in higher
education, research and client care; Penn is now at the
apex of the Ivies. As never before you have brought passion
and verve to Penn,
Rodin through your insight and support the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania appropriation for the School has more than
trebled. This was a direct result of your fair-mindedness.
Equally important, was your presence at appropriation hearing
in Harrisburg whereupon you reinforced the School's request
for State funds. Your presentations at these hearing were
distinctively scintillating and you greatly impressed the
assembly with your intellect and eloquence. You gathered
immense respect among the Commonwealth's General Assembly.
In so doing, time after time, you paved the way for approval
of the School's funding appeal,
Rodin your effective lobbying of the Governor
and mortor" funds led to this glorious day
of groundbreaking for a new Teaching and research
Building; we are enormously
grateful. It is safe to say that we would not
be here today without your vigorous support
Rodin for all of your magnanimous contributions tot he
University of Pennsylvania we are immeasurably thankful.
We, however, shall fondly remember the Rodin Years as a
time of special friendship to the School of Veterinary