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Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2008

IU Kokomo Chancellor Ruth Person awarded Presidentís Medal

Aug. 5, 2008

KOKOMO, Ind. -- Ruth Person, chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo, has been awarded the President's Medal for Excellence by IU President Michael A. McRobbie. The award is one of the highest honors an IU president can bestow.

Ruth Person

Ruth Person

Person, who has served as chancellor since 1999, received the medal in recognition of sustained excellence in service, achievement and leadership during a farewell reception at IU Kokomo on Friday (Aug. 1). Person is leaving IU Kokomo this month to become chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint.

During her nine years as chancellor, Person "brought a combination of dedication, tenacity and candor, which have made her an invaluable asset to the Kokomo campus and to the university as a whole," McRobbie said.

During her term as chancellor, IU Kokomo has moved toward becoming a full baccalaureate institution by adding new bachelor's and master's programs and eliminating most associate degree programs. Significant campus improvements have also taken place, including the renovation of numerous classrooms, construction of new lecture halls and the addition of classroom technology. Person also oversaw the construction of Hunt Hall, the campus' award-winning science facility.

The President's Medal for Excellence is a reproduction in fine silver of the symbolic jewel of office worn by the president at ceremonial occasions. Criteria for recipients include distinction in public service, service to IU, achievement in a profession, and/or extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts, humanities, science, education and industry.

The award was first presented on Sept. 20, 1985, to members of the Beaux Arts Trio.

For a complete list of winners, go to: medal list.shtml.