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College President Awarded Pacesetter Award

October 29, 2008 – Collin College President Cary Israel was named the “Pacesetter of the Year” on Oct. 21 by district 4 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

The honor recognizes a chief executive officer at a community college who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and support of college communications and marketing. The Pacesetter Award is the most prestigious honor presented by NCMPR and is awarded annually in each of the organization’s seven districts. There are 169 colleges in district 4, spanning the states of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

According to Dr. J. Robert Collins, who chairs the college’s Board of Trustees, “Dr. Israel’s success begins with a heart-felt zeal for the mission of the community college. A natural communicator, Dr. Israel is a true asset to our institution and to the board because he is a strong, astute leader who is passionate about higher education as well as our community.”

The win automatically advances Dr. Israel to the national competition. NCMPR will name the national Pacesetter of the Year at its national conference in March. Nationwide, NCMPR has more than 1,500 members at 600 institutions.

Cary A. Israel has been president of Collin College since 1999.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.