City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken today presented Clinton Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Donna Shalala with the Chancellor’s Medal in recognition of her long-standing dedication to higher education and public service. The award was presented at the 11th annual CUNY/New York Times Women’s Leadership Conference promoting skills building for public and community service. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney received the Women’s Leadership Award at a special luncheon presentation for her longstanding dedication to women’s rights and social justice.
In presenting the award, Chancellor Milliken noted that Shalala was the nation’s longest-serving U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services during President Bill Clinton’s two terms, also served as President of Hunter College, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and President of the University of Miami, and was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President George W. Bush in 2008.
The Chancellor’s Medal, the University’s highest executive honor, recognizes extraordinary contributions to CUNY, commitment to education and outstanding public service. Past recipients include scientist Jonas Salk, former New York City Mayors Michael R. Bloomberg and Robert F. Wagner Jr., Coretta Scott King and John Cardinal O’Connor.
New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright presented the Women’s Leadership Award to Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. The Congresswoman has championed the establishment of the National Women’s History Museum and is a longtime advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment for the U.S. Constitution.
The day-long conference, which was held at Hunter College, drew women at the forefront of New York politics, nonprofits, business, media and higher education who want to encourage, mentor and support women student leaders, in particular the 2015-2016 CUNY Women’s Public Service Interns, college students who interned with female members of Congress, New York State legislators and New York City Council members.
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