In a ceremony on May 7, Lindenwood Belleville Vice President Jerry Bladdick and Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Community Relations Mary Radcliff accepted the Community Partners Award of Excellence on behalf of Lindenwood University. Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert and Belleville Police Chief Col. William Clay III presented the awards.
Calling Lindenwood “one of Belleville’s finest partners,” Eckert and Clay recognized the university for the positive impact it has had on the community. Lindenwood is the first recipient of the Community Partners Award of Excellence, which was recently created by the City of Belleville and the police department to honor organizations that have made a difference in the community.
The Belleville Police Department recommended Lindenwood for the award.
“Lindenwood has enriched Belleville by taking an empty high school campus and transforming it into a very prominent neighborhood centerpiece,” said Chief Clay. “Lindenwood has also stabilized and raised property values, instilled a renewed sense of hope, and an air of vitality.”
“It’s truly an honor to accept this award on behalf of the university,” said Bladdick. “The success of Lindenwood University-Belleville is in part due to the tremendous support we get from this great community, and it is also due to the hard work, dedication, and pride of the Lindenwood University-Belleville faculty, staff, and students. In addition, our success comes from the incredible support this campus receives from our president, Dr. Evans, our Board of Directors, and the administration of the Lindenwood University system.”
The awards are currently on display in the Executive Office at Lindenwood Belleville.