The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has named Lindenwood University-Belleville among the co-recipients of the 2015 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Award to be presented on April 2 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights, Ill.
The event will pay special tribute to the five higher education institutions in Southwestern Illinois for their collective impact on workforce and the economy and their exceptional growth over the past decade. Dr. Ed Hightower, superintendent of Edwardsville School District 7, will also be honored for his years of service to the educational community.
“Lindenwood Belleville is honored to be recognized by such an esteemed organization as the Leadership Council,” said President Jerry Bladdick. “We truly are in good company with the other honorees, and our region is fortunate to have such a diversity of higher education institutions in the area. One thing that all of us have in common is the high quality of education we provide to our students.”
The annual awards program salutes those individuals and organizations that have displayed outstanding leadership and have positively impacted the region. With the theme Growth Fueled by Educational Excellence, the event will recognize the following as co-recipients of the 2015 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Award: Lewis and Clark Community College, Dr. Dale Chapman; Lindenwood University-Belleville, Dr. Jerry M. Bladdick; McKendree University, Dr. James Dennis; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe; Southwestern Illinois College, Dr. Georgia Costello; and Dr. Ed. Hightower, Superintendent of Edwardsville School District #7.
As an added highlight, the event will also spotlight Southwestern Illinois primary and secondary level teachers, administrators, support staff, and school board members who have received recognition awards during 2014.
The cost to attend is $100 per person. A limited number of table sponsorships is available for $1,000 each, which includes seating for eight, signage at the table, and special event sponsor recognition. Reservations are required. For more details about the event or to make a reservation, please call the Leadership Council at (618) 692-9745.
The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is a member-based economic development corporation representing Madison and St. Clair counties. The Council works to unite business, industry, government, education, and labor for economic growth in Southwestern Illinois. These effective partnerships serve as a driving force behind successful economic development efforts throughout the Metro East region.