Penn’s landmark West Philadelphia Initiatives program, a model for collaboration between universities and urban communities throughout the country, picked up an accolade as one of 10 winners of the 2003 Urban Land Institute’s Awards for Excellence competition. This award from the nonprofit Institute is known as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.
Penn’s West Philadelphia Initiatives program was hailed for its success in revitalizing the neighborhood, especially through the University Square, Hamilton Square and Left Bank projects and the Penn-Alexander School.
Rodin’s contributions honored
Penn President Judith Rodin garnered more praise for her work, as she was selected as this year’s recipient of the prestigious William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The first woman selected for the award, Rodin was honored for her personal, professional and community contributions to the region.
During her 10-year tenure, Rodin’s leadership has driven Penn’s growth, doubled research funding, tripled the University’s endowment and stabilized the West Philadelphia neighborhood.
Rodin will formally be given the William Penn award in April, 2004.
Originally published on December 11, 2003