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06/23/2015

University Administrators' Association Recognizes Incoming Winthrop President for Leadership Skills

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 The American Association of University Administrators selected Mahony, currently the dean of College of Health, Education, and Human Services at Kent State University, Ohio, as the inaugural recipient for a new award.
 The 2015 McInnis/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership was given at the association’s annual Leadership Seminar on June 12-13 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

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Dan Mahony
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Incoming Winthrop University President Dan Mahony received a national award this month for his principled and ethical leadership practices.

The American Association of University Administrators selected Mahony, currently the dean of College of Health, Education, and Human Services at Kent State University, Ohio, as the inaugural recipient for a new award. The 2015 McInnis/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership was given at the association’s annual Leadership Seminar on June 12-13 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Mahony, who was selected this spring as Winthrop’s 11th president, said he is honored and humbled to be recognized for his efforts by his peers. “Young people look to their college professors and administrators for role models in their professional life. We are educating our future generations and so we need to be extra vigilant to set the bar high for them and for ourselves,” Mahony said.

He begins work on July 1 at Winthrop.

Jerome L. Neuner, the association’s award chair, said Mahony is a successful leader of a large and complex academic unit at a major university. Other nominees had that same experience, he noted but several unique characteristics separated Mahony from others.

“One is the great rapidity of his rise to a presidency. Another is his specific scholarly interest in issues of justice and ethics in college, high school and professional sport such as codes of ethics, athlete gambling, sports funding, and fan behavior,” said Neuner, who a retired administrator from Canisius College.

Yet another was Mahony’s interest in the international dimensions of the profession, including many joint publications with international scholars and presentations at international events.

Neuner said Mahony’s degree in accounting led to a year with Peat Marwick Main & Co. in Washington, which is an excellent credential to have in dealing with the finances of any large enterprise. Throughout his career, Neuner said, Mahony has been generous in serving on various governance and service committees devoted to the well-being of groups and the institution as a whole.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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