The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has announced details for its 2015 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Awards Dinner.
The event will pay tribute to five educational institutions in Southwestern Illinois for their impact on the workforce and the economy and their exceptional growth over the past decade. Edwardsville School District Superintendent Dr. Ed Hightower also will be honored for his years of service to the educational community. The evening celebration will be held on Thursday, April 2, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights, and reservations are now being taken. FOX 2 News/News 11 reporter Betsey Bruce will serve as emcee.
The annual awards program salutes individuals and organizations who have displayed outstanding leadership and have had a positive impact on the region, and this year will be no exception. With the theme Growth Fueled by Educational Excellence, the event will recognize the following as co-recipients of the 2015 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Award:
• Lewis and Clark Community College, Dr. Dale Chapman
• Lindenwood University-Belleville, Dr. Jerry M. Bladdick
• McKendree University, Dr. James Dennis
• Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe
• Southwestern Illinois College, Dr. Georgia Costello
• Dr. Ed Hightower, superintendent of Edwardsville School District
The event also will spotlight Southwestern Illinois primary and secondary level teachers, administrators, support staff and school board members who received recognition awards during 2014.
The cost to attend is $100 per person. A limited number of table sponsorships are available for $1,000, which includes seating for eight, signage at the table and special recognition as an event sponsor. Reservations are required. For more details about the event or to make a reservation, call the Leadership Council at (618) 692-9745.