The 15th Annual Erasmus Circle Donor Recognition Reception, held at the beautiful home of Paul Lindsey and Kathy Alexander, honored our donors who support the College of Education.
The evening included a presentation on urban public education in the Age of Reform by alumnus Richard Carranza. Carranza is chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools.
Alumna Charlotte Harris was recognized for her service as president of the College of Education National Advisory Board for the past three years. We are grateful for her active leadership, her ability to reconnect friends to the college, and her commitment to education.
Mary Belle McCorkle and the McCorkle family received the Erasmus Circle Outstanding Achievement in Education Award. The McCorkles have a legacy of supporting K-12 education and the College of Education. By serving in many roles -- teachers, administrators, parents, and activists -- they continue to stay involved in and advocate for education and students. Mary Belle, her husband, Richard, daughters Lori McCorkle Benz and Lisa McCorkle, and son-in-law Mark Olbin were all present to accept the award. Between these members of the McCorkle family, there are 11 UA degrees, nine of which are from the College of Education!