FIU Center for Leadership to Recognize Alberto Ibarguen for His Community Commitment at The Chapman Leadership Honors

Top Quote Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will receive this year's Transcendent Leader Award at The Chapman Leadership Honors, an annual event in honor of Alvah H. Chapman. The award is being presented by Florida International University's Center for Leadership, widely recognized for its leadership research, development and training opportunities. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) September 26, 2013 - Alberto IbargŁen will receive this year's Transcendent Leader Award presented by the Center for Leadership at Florida International University. He will be recognized at The Chapman Leadership Honors, an annual event named for Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., a businessman who championed arts, education and social causes that continue to benefit society.

    IbargŁen is president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The Chapman Leadership Honors offers the opportunity to learn from IbargŁen firsthand as each year's honoree is asked to give the keynote address at the event which begins at 6:30 p.m. on October 3, 2013 at FIU's Graham Center Ballrooms, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, Fla. The event is free and open to the public, but seating will be limited. Registration is available online.

    A former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, IbargŁen established himself as a dynamic leader in journalism and the South Florida community. He is a former chair of the World Wide Web Foundation and has served as a board member of PepsiCo, American Airlines, AOL and other prominent organizations with both local and national reach. Under IbargŁen's leadership, the Knight Foundation has supported the building of Miami's cultural core and continues to cultivate the city as a center for ideas and innovation.

    Chapman, who ran newspapers in Georgia and Florida, eventually became publisher of The Miami Herald and later CEO and chairman of Knight Ridder, its parent company.

    The concept behind the event is the Center for Leadership's groundbreaking research in identifying characteristics that make for ethical and effective leadership. IbargŁen, who embodies Chapman's example of leadership by inspiring organizations and communities to engage in the issues that affect their community, is a deserving candidate to receive the Center's second annual Transcendent Leader Award.

    "Alberto IbargŁen has stood out as an innovative leader in the South Florida community for many years, and the Transcendent Leader Award shows our admiration for him," said Dr. Modesto Maidique, executive director of the FIU Center for Leadership. "His dedication to keeping the community informed about what is happening in our own backyard, in addition to the rest of the world, is evidence of his deeply rooted commitment to serving for a higher purpose."

    This year The Chapman Leadership Honors will also recognize a new generation of leaders, ages 40 and younger, with the presentation of the Emerging Leader Award. Candidates will be recognized based on their work in providing innovative solutions to social and business challenges, as well as a strong focus on improving the quality of life in our community and state.

    Founded in 2005, the nationally ranked Center for Leadership is widely recognized for its leadership research, development and training opportunities, providing leaders with the competencies necessary to positively transform their organizations and society. The Center's mission encompasses engaging cutting-edge research in leadership development, delivering innovative leadership programs and strengthening leadership understanding through executive development programs, leadership lectures and other events. Under the direction of Dr. Maidique, who served as president of FIU for 23 years, the Center's leadership development program alumni include organizational leaders from industries including health care, banking and finance, technology, retail, education, government and the military, with participants from across the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and Africa.

    Presenting sponsors for this event include Mercantil Commercebank and The Chapman Foundation. For more information regarding sponsorship or on the Center for Leadership at FIU, call (305) 348-LEAD or visit lead.fiu.edu.

    About FIU Center for Leadership
    The award-winning FIU Center for Leadership engages in research projects, the development and delivery of executive leadership programs, and community engagement to ensure applicability of our leadership model. Our leadership development program alumni include organizational leaders from industries including health care, banking and finance, technology, retail, education, government, and the military, with participants from across the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and Africa. The Center's lecture series, The Leadership Lectures, features world renowned and distinguished academicians and practitioners and is designed to give our local community access to thought-provoking and diverse perspectives on leadership. We are committed to promoting and advancing the study of leadership, based on our model that effective, ethical decision-making and self-awareness are the keys to great leadership. For more information visit lead.fiu.edu

    About FIU College of Business
    As the business school for the Americas, the FIU College of Business is South Florida's most important business education resource and a recognized leader in international business education. Its South Florida home blends the advantages of a multicultural, urban, and ethnically rich center. Technology, international commerce and banking, travel and tourism, and entrepreneurship all flourish in this dynamic environment. As the largest of FIU's professional schools, CoB enrolls approximately 6,000 undergraduate and more than 1,000 graduate students. CoB also serves the multinational business community through an extensive menu of executive and professional education programs. For more information visit business.fiu.edu

    About FIU:
    Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

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