Midland University - Fremont, Ne

Midland Receives Honor for Innovative Partnerships

Midland Receives Honor for Innovative Partnerships

Sep 12th , 2011

Lincoln, Neb. - Midland University was honored Friday evening by state business leaders with the 2011 Power in the Partnership award. Presented by the Nebraska Diplomats, the award recognized Midland for building partnerships in the local community, as well as influence and collaborations beyond Fremont.

Dr. Ben Sasse, Midland University President, said, “We are blessed to have a business community that is so heavily engaged in thinking about the future 128 years of Midland, not just the past 128 years. The support of this community is helping Midland as we expand our reach to students and supporters beyond the boundaries of Fremont.

“As we reach out, we’ve been gratified to see Omaha and other Nebraska communities embracing us. We know that the future of Midland is connected to the economic development of greater Omaha and other regions of the state. The growth and development happening across Nebraska is benefiting Midland.”

Gov. Dave Heineman presented the award to Dr. Steve Bullock, Midland Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, during the Diplomats’ annual Passport to Nebraska Weekend and the state’s second Reverse Trade Mission.

Dr. Bullock said, “It is clear that higher education has a central role to play in economic development, particularly in cultivating an educated and highly skilled workforce. Such a workforce helps facilitate business growth and allows us to be more competitive on many levels.”

Dr. Sasse said, “We know that the students that end up being the entrepreneurs of tomorrow are intellectually curious. They want to stay engaged in university debates, lectures, pursuits, and sporting events for a life, not just the four years they are a student. Those are the students we are serving, and that’s the level of engagement and community we are creating at Midland.”

Midland was nominated by the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce in recognition of recent resurgence and the university’s Dana@Midland Initiative. Launched to assist students displaced by the closure of Dana College, Midland provided students the option to continue their education at a sister institution. Midland honored all scholarships, provided housing and allowed all credits to transfer. Last year, Midland welcomed more than 300 former Dana students, along with several faculty and coaches to campus.

Ron Tillery, Executive Director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “Over the past year, Midland’s influences extended far beyond its traditional reach. Our local business community and private citizens rallied behind Midland and its leadership to provide the resources that helped support this outreach. We are pleased to see the changes taking place at Midland University honored.”

The Nebraska Diplomats is the state’s largest economic development organization, involving more than 360 business executives and community leaders from across Nebraska. Recent partnership awards have gone to The Gallup Organization, the University of Nebraska and the Peter Kiewit Institute.