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St. Norbert College President Wins Leadership Award

From St. Norbert College, December 15, 2015
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College president Thomas Kunkel was selected unanimously as the recipient of the 2015 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) V Chief Executive Leadership Award.

The award is designed to recognize chief executives who:

Articulate a compelling vision for the institution and to have inspired others to that vision.

Establish a positive image for the institution while leading it to higher levels of success.

Increase the institution's stature in the community.

Encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees.

Actively support all aspects of institutional advancement.

Kunkel received the award and spoke at the closing luncheon of the CASE V Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

An author, journalist and educator, Thomas Kunkel is the seventh president of St. Norbert College. He joined the college in 2008.

Kunkel is the author or editor of six books. His latest book, "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker," (Random House; 2015) has been named one of the best non-fiction books of the year by Publishers Weekly.

During his tenure at St. Norbert College, Kunkel has overseen the construction and renovation of more than $100 million in campus facilities and infrastructure, including the Gehl-Mulva Science Center and its South Teaching Wing; Michels Commons; Schneider Stadium; the Mulva Library; Gries Hall; the Ariens Family Welcome Center; Todd Wehr Hall; Dudley Birder Hall; and the Cassandra Voss Center. The college's enrollments have reached record levels on his watch, as has the academic profile of its student body. And this fall's class is the most ethnically diverse in school history. Beyond that, St. Norbert has climbed steadily in national rankings of liberal arts colleges.

Kunkel is a member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors and Associated Bank's regional advisory board. For three years he served as chairman of the President's Council of the Midwest Conference. He is on the boards of the New North and Achieve Brown County, and he is active in numerous other community groups.

Before coming to St. Norbert, Kunkel served for eight years as dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where he also served as president of the American Journalism Review and as editor and director of the Project on the State of the American Newspaper.

Kunkel spent much of his early career in newspaper management, working for such organizations as the San Jose Mercury News, the Miami Herald, the New York Times and the Cincinnati Post.

Kunkel recently announced he will retire from St. Norbert College in May of 2017.