Wright named Champion of Vision by CCCU
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II, is pleased to announce Dr. Karen Buchwald Wright, president and CEO of Ariel Corp., was presented the inaugural Champion of Vision Award from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Wright, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from MVNU in 2015, was presented the Champion of Vision Award during the Champions Award Luncheon, Jan. 31, as part of CCCU’s the three-day 2019 Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Shirley V. Hoogstra, president of CCCU, toured MVNU’s downtown buildings when she served as MVNU commencement speaker in 2018. This quick tour with Spaulding illustrated the partnership between Dr. Wright and MVNU and launched CCCU’s creation of the Champion of Vision Award with Dr. Wright in mind as the first recipient.
“How do you thank a person like Dr. Wright, for her massive generosity to this university,” said Spaulding. “She doesn’t give to be noticed, to be praised, to be appreciated. She gives because she has the kind of soul that breeds generosity.”
Dr. Wright and MVNU have joined forces in repurposing buildings on Mount Vernon’s South Main Street including Buchwald Center, Hunter Hall and the Stephen W. Neese Center as well as the construction of The Grand Hotel on Public Square and Ariel Arena on campus.
“These are all truly gifts to the Mount Vernon community,” said Jan Reynolds, former director and current vice president of Ariel Foundation. “I think the downtown just called to (Dr. Wright) and she began looking at these empty large buildings and what can be done with it. She started this whole infectious, exciting movement that something can be done with this downtown. It became this joyful set of projects that the whole community became a part of.”
Spaulding is not only proud of what this partnership means to the students, faculty and staff of MVNU, but what is can inspire in other communities and campuses.
“I think it’s important for the members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to recognize both the quality of what’s going on here and what’s possible in their communities,” said Spaulding. “Since we are a Christian university, we certainly believe that what others call impossible is just the next step that we take. This is a pattern, this is possible and God can use people and universities to do great things.”
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.
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