I have taken the prerogative as chairman to "hijack" Betheny Reid's spot in this Leadership Briefing so that I may share good news about our Foundation president.
In the medical world, one of the highest recognitions that can be received is being named "Doctor of the Year" by the American Medical Association. In advancement in higher education, the highest recognition a professional can receive is being named the "Executive of the Year" by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)'s Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards (IRF).
Betheny has just been named to receive the 2012 Commonfund IRF Award at CASE's national conference in Chicago next month. This award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to advancement quality and effectiveness of their foundations and the community of institutionally related foundations as a whole.
Institutionally related foundations are private, nonprofit corporations that cultivate and manage private resources to support the missions of the colleges, universities and university systems with which they are affiliated.
During her 12-year tenure at DCCCD, Betheny has taken our Foundation from being relatively unknown to being one of the largest five community college foundations in the United States recognized worldwide.
Leadership is critical to our ability as a Foundation to succeed on behalf the students, faculty and staff of the DCCCD. Betheny would be the first to say that it is the quality of her staff and the quality of the Foundation Board and its supporters that have brought success to our efforts.