By ABBY BIESMAN
News & Features Editor
University President Ronald J. Daniels has been awarded the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2015 Academic Leadership Award, according to a press release. The foundation honors academic leaders, including university presidents, who are considered to be visionaries in their fields. These leaders’ institutions receive $500,000 as a reward for this honor.
Four presidents were honored this year. Some elements considered in awarding this honor include community-institution ties, dedication to liberal arts education and the advancement of interdisciplinary programs. Daniels commented on receiving the award.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized among the esteemed recipients of this award. It is exciting to have the innovative work by our faculty and staff and Johns Hopkins’ commitment to Baltimore recognized by the Carnegie Corporation, a great champion of higher education,” Daniels said in a statement.
The President’s office has chosen how to use the grant, according to Executive Director of Media Relations and Crisis Communications Dennis O’Shea.
“President Daniels will use the $500,000 grant to expand activities that make the university more accessible to students and graduates of Baltimore City public schools, including increased support for low-income students through the Baltimore Scholars program, partnerships with local K-8 schools, and new initiatives aimed at college and career preparation,” O’Shea wrote in an e-mail to The News-Letter.