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President-elect Conneely Receives United Way Award Named in His Honor

May 8, 2012

United Way of the Bluegrass has recognized the incoming Notre Dame of Maryland University president for his leadership in providing  local and regional solutions for the organization.

Dr. Jim Conneely, currently associate provost and vice president for student affairs at Eastern Kentucky University, was named as the first recipient of the James Conneely Regional Leadership Award on April 27 at a joint meeting of the United Way’s Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. The award will be presented annually to an individual who has shown leadership for advancing the United Way of the Bluegrass regional mission.

“It is the appropriate name for recognizing extraordinary regional leadership in the area of health and human services,” said Bill Farmer, president of United Way of the Bluegrass. “Jim’s involvement with United Way has included serving as the chair of the Madison County Board of Trustees, as a member of regional Board of Directors, as a member of the nomination committee and as a member of the selection committee for hiring the current United Way president. Through his exceptional leadership and insight, United Way of the Bluegrass advanced its organization into a strong regional organization, both internally and externally.”

Conneely, who joined EKU in 2003, was recently named president of Notre Dame of Maryland University, effective July 1.

Throughout a 30-year career in higher education administration, Conneely has been very active in numerous regional and national organizations related to student affairs, particularly the Southern Association for College Student Affairs and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In addition to holding numerous offices in those and other organizations, he also has contributed many publications and presentations to the field.