Story by Brendan Michaelsen
After reviewing more than 100 incredible nominations and careful deliberation among members of the NCLC Board of Directors, staff, and Campus Legacy Awards Luncheon host committee, we are thrilled to announce four inspiring individuals and initiatives as recipients of the inaugural Campus Legacy Awards.
These four have made unique contributions to the lives of students, communities, and the future of higher education. Each exemplifies and champions the importance of student leadership, and we couldn’t be more excited to recognize their important work.
Awardees will be honored at the Campus Legacy Awards luncheon on June 5th, 2017. We will announce the Student Body President of the Year during the event (check out the final four here). The luncheon is open to all who believe in the power of student leadership. We look forward to celebrating this occasion with you!
Vice President Joe Biden, Student Ally Award
The Student Ally Award honors a stakeholder who has significantly empowered student body presidents and advanced student leadership in the past year.
Joe Biden served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009-2017 following six terms representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate. In 2017, President Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the highest honor that can be given to a civilian, and the Bipartisan Policy Center awarded him the Congressional Patriot Award for his commitment to bipartisanship in policymaking. Biden’s career itself has exemplified the long-term impact of young leaders stepping up into public service. After graduating from law school in 1968, Biden moved to Delaware, to work as an attorney at a law firm. Just two years later, he was elected to the New Castle County Council and immersed himself into the Democratic Party. In 1972, 29-year-old Biden won an upset victory and became the fifth-youngest U.S. senator elected in the nation’s history.
Legacy article from the campusleaders.org history. Preserved for posterity.