Alexandra Mathwig is one of eight recipients of the 2017 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, announced the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). The Brown University doctoral candidate in History of Art & Architecture was selected from a pool of more than 250 nominees from 127 institutions.
The award recognizes exemplary promise as a future leader of higher education, a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility, and an emphasis on teaching and learning. The award is named in honor of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley.
"I am deeply gratified to be one of this year's recipients of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award," said Mathwig. "It is an honor to be acknowledged for my service work at Brown and I am very thankful for the opportunities that I have been afforded as a Ph.D. student here to pursue my interests in higher education beyond those directly related to my research.
"At a time when liberal education is under increasing scrutiny and civil discourse is being challenged, leadership combining academic and civic responsibility is more important than ever," AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella said in a news release. "We couldn't be more proud of the Cross scholars for all that they have accomplished and enthusiastically await the many ways in which they will shape the agenda for higher education through excellence in teaching, service, and leadership."