On March 7, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) presented Eastern President Elsa Núñez with the Eleanor M. McMahon Award for Lifetime Achievement at the NEBHE 2014 Excellence Awards Banquet held at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel.
More than 350 higher education leaders in New England were in attendance; the audience also included members of Eastern's administration as well as Dr. Núñez's parents, husband, children and grandchildren.
"I am grateful for this award," said Núñez, "and am honored to have worked with so many of you over the years. I have always believed that the social and economic mobility that we provide through higher education is the best way we have to protect our great American democracy."
Eleanor McMahon was the first commissioner of higher education in Rhode Island (1982-1989), past president of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and past chair of the New England Board Higher Education. During her career, she was a schoolteacher, a professor at Salve Regina University, the provost at Rhode Island College and a visiting professor at Brown University.
Presenting the award were Connecticut State Rep. Roberta Willis; NEBHE President/CEO Michael Thomas; Mark Herzog, NEBHE chair; and Emily Cain, the incoming NEBHE chair and a Maine state senator.