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Switzer honored by education council

Manchester University President Jo Young Switzer received the 2013 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

She received the honor at the CASE annual conference in Chicago for “outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education and institutional advancement,” according to a written statement from the school. Switzer is the first female president of the 125-year-old school.

CASE recognized Switzer’s ability and conviction in actively supporting advancement and fundraising for the university; inspiring others to Manchester’s vision; establishing a positive image for Manchester while leading it to higher levels of success; increasing Manchester’s stature; and encouraging innovation and risk-taking among employees, according to the statement.

“My role as chief storyteller for Manchester has given me the platform to describe a vision for the university and create the support to make that vision a reality,” Switzer said in thanking CASE for the award.

Switzer plans to retire in June. She assumed the presidency of her alma mater in December 2004.