NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., will receive the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award, established to recognize living alumni who have achieved honor and distinction with recognition and reputations that extend well beyond the immediate environments in which they live and work. The university will bestow the award during a special reception at the UW-L Cleary Alumni and Friends Center on May 9. Prior to the reception, Dr. Nyre will meet with La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and tour the UW-L Campus with Chancellor Joe Gow.
"I am humbled to receive this recognition from UW-L," Nyre said. "I am grateful for the education I received from the dedicated faculty and staff of the University. UW-L is a great university that transforms young men and women. It changed my life."
A Wisconsin native, Dr. Nyre earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, an MA from the University of Missouri, and both an Ed.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas before completing pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School and the University of Kansas.
Nyre has served on numerous boards of directors, governor’s commissions, and national task forces. He has a nationally recognized program of research, numerous publications in the fields of psychology and education, and has authored and advanced vital state and national legislation.
Prior to assuming the Presidency of Iona College in 2011, Nyre served in a faculty capacity at numerous universities and as President/CEO of The Hope Institute. See more about President Nyre.
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