Wim Wiewel, president of Portland State University, has won the 2014 Leadership Award from The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII for transforming PSU into a nationally recognized urban university.
In his five years as president, Wiewel has led PSU with a clear vision for civic leadership, student access, global excellence, educational opportunity and effective resource management. He has succeeded in raising the university's profile and performance, and its growing reputation is resonating with constituents. Private gifts to the university have more than doubled in the past three years.
"Dr. Wim Wiewel is an well deserved recipient of the CASE Leadership Award,” said CASE VIII Board Chair Cheryl Nations. “It is always an honor to recognize outstanding achievements that exemplify standards by which we compare our work, educate and inspire ourselves to greater success."
Wiewel played a key role last year in convincing Oregon lawmakers to restructure higher education, creating independent accountability and flexibility for PSU through its own Board of Trustees. In 2013, he received a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, a national nonprofit, for demonstrating innovative and advanced leadership in education related to sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation.
The Leadership award recognizes a district member institution president or head, chancellor, educational system head, or CEO for outstanding efforts to promote the understanding and support of education. The nominees must have demonstrated the following:
- Created a vision for an institution and inspire others to accept that vision,
- Established a positive image for the institution and/or successfully led an institution through turbulent times,
- Increased an institution's stature in its community and its educational service to the community,
- And been innovative and encouraged an institution's personnel to be innovative and take risks.
Wiewel will receive the award at the 2014 CASE District VIII Conference Feb. 12-14 in Vancouver, BC.