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Middle States Regional Awards

The William U. Harris Award of Excellence recognizes an individual whose institution is a member of the Middle States Regional Assembly and who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills in the field of education. Named for William U. Harris, the Middle States regional executive director from 1990 to 2001, the award is given annually to an educator whose work exemplifies Bill’s spirit and character.

2015 William U Harris Award of Excellent Recipient:
Thomas Pappenhagen, Ph. D., Mathematics and AP Probability & Statistics Teacher, Middletown High School, Middletown, DE

Thomas Pappenhagen’s efforts in and out of the classroom have helped to strengthen the AP program at Middletown High School, providing opportunities for increasing numbers of students to enter college as confident and prepared freshmen. His commitment to helping students better their chances for success in college, and beyond, is exemplary.

The Bernard P. Ireland Recognition Award is the highest individual award that is given to Middle States Regional Assembly members. Named for Bernard P. Ireland, one of the original incorporators of the College Board and the first director of the Northeastern Regional Office (the predecessor of the Middle States Regional Office and New England Regional Office), this award recognizes an individual who shares Bernard’s commitment to improving humanity through education.

2015 Bernard P. Ireland Award Recipient:
Heather McDonnell, M.S.Ed., Associate Dean of Financial Aid and Admission, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Heather McDonnell’s passion for serving students and families has earned her the admiration and respect of her colleagues. She has been a consummate financial aid administrator, committed to the highest ideals and principles governing need analysis methodology and the fair and equitable distribution of need-based financial assistance to deserving students and their families. Heather is recognized for her numerous contributions as a leader in the field and her dedication to making higher education accessible to students.

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