Two Professors Win International Leadership Awards
(Bradenton, Fla., Jan.29, 2007) - Two Manatee Community College (MCC) professors, Luci Frith and Dr. Dennis Runde, received 2007 Exemplary Leader Awards from the Chair Academy, an organization dedicated to advancing academic leadership training worldwide. The awards will be presented at the Academy's 16th Annual International Conference, which will be held March 7 through 10 in Jacksonville.
The awards recognize college leaders who have demonstrated best leadership practices and commitment to their institutions and students. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues.
Frith, speech and intercultural humanities professor, has been with MCC for 21 years. She was recently chosen by Dr. John Rosen, MCC's vice president of academic affairs, as the recipient of the 2007 Vice President's Academic Excellence Award. She will be recognized along with other MCC recipients of National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at a 2007 conference to be held May 20 through 23 in Austin, Texas. It will be her second NISOD award. A presenter at state and national conferences, Frith has master's degrees from the University of Akron, Ohio, and the University of South Florida, Tampa.
Runde has been chair of the MCC mathematics department for seven of his 16 years at MCC. Other awards he has won include a NISOD award and, just last year, an Outstanding Teaching award from the Florida Two Year College Mathematics Association (FTYCMA). He is co-author of A Survey of Mathematics With Applications, a textbook for liberal arts mathematics courses. A frequent presenter at FTYCMA and other conferences, he has a doctorate degree from the University of South Florida.