January 30, 2012 — Coral Gables — University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala has been chosen to receive the esteemed 2012 Jay Malina Award. This award is the highest honor bestowed annually by The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic partnership, and is presented to a community executive whose leadership has contributed greatly to the prosperity of Miami Dade’s economy.
This award will be bestowed to President Shalala at the 10th Annual Beacon Awards at the new Miami Marlins Ballpark on April 25, 2012. The Jay Malina Award embodies the qualities of community commitment, global leadership in education, and economic impact in the community. Shalala is the first female recipient of the prestigious award. The Beacon Awards also will recognize businesses and organizations for their significant contributions to the local economy in their respective industries, such as Aviation, Business Services, Creative Design (Fashion-Lifestyle, Film & Entertainment), Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology/Telecommunications, International Commerce/Multinational Corporations, Life Sciences, and the Visitor Industry. More than 700 top business and community leaders will be in attendance. Click here for tickets.
“I am honored to be chosen as a recipient for The Beacon Council’s Jay Malina Award,” said President Shalala. “Over the past decade, the University of Miami has positioned itself as an economic engine and community resource that fosters entrepreneurship, innovation, and educates thousands of young people who can succeed in our evolving global economy.”
During President Shalala’s tenure, UM has solidified its position among top U.S. research universities. Among her accomplishments, in her 10 years at UM, are fundraising, driving diversity, and promoting job creation in Miami-Dade County.
In today’s workplace, where change is the only constant, UM works to harness the wealth of human talent in Miami-Dade County. Home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff, the University of Miami is consistently among the top private employers in Miami-Dade County.
“We are particularly pleased that the judges, who are all past chairs of The Beacon Council, have chosen her for the highest award we have and have recognized her for what she has done for this community," said Alan Becker, Chairman of the Beacon Council. “She has helped us market Miami to the business world, both nationally and internationally. Her leadership has led the University of Miami to graduate an educated, skilled workforce necessary in today's changing business world and her vision has led to the university's new Life Science and Technology Park. It will be a valuable resource in the growth of future industries and medical research for decades to come.”
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