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Collin College President Receives National Award


March 16, 2009 – Collin College President Cary Israel has just been named the national Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

This award is the most prestigious honor presented by the council. It recognizes a chief executive officer at a community college who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and support of college communications and marketing.

Dr. Israel received the NCMPR regional Pacesetter of the Year award from District 4 in October and was nominated along with six other district Pacesetters from around the country for the national competition. There are nearly 1,200 community colleges in the U.S., and only the nation’s finest leaders compete for top honors.

“Dr. Israel has a keen ability to leverage opinion through his hands-on approach to public relations,” said J. Robert Collins, the college’s chairman of the 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 Collin College and to the Board because he is a strong, astute leader who is passionate about higher education as well as our community.”

Last year, Dr. Israel was recognized with the Chief Executive Officer Award for the Western Region by the Association of Community College Trustees, one of five regional honorees in the nation.

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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.