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TICUA Honors Congressman Harold Ford, Jr.

Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. is the 2003 recipient of the TICUA Congressional Gold Medallion for Excellence in Higher Education Policy. This is the highest congressional award given by The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA). The award will be conferred on Congressman Ford during the TICUA Gala Reception on February 25, 2003. In 1996 Harold Ford, Jr., was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 9th District at the age of 26. He was reelected to the House of Representatives in 1998 with nearly 80 percent of the vote, and again in 2000 with no opposition. Newsweek Magazine has characterized Congressman Ford as “shrewd dealmaker” with a “frenetic passion for his work.” This has proven to be the case with his work on higher education policy. Congressman Ford has worked tirelessly to increase student aid for needy students while seeking to reduce the administrative burden on college campuses. Dr. William Troutt, President of Rhodes College, describes Congressman Ford as “passionate, intelligent, and extraordinarily successful as a lawmaker.” Congressman Ford is being recognized by the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities for his work in expanding the student aid programs to ensure college access to needy Tennesseans. Twenty-seven percent of students attending private colleges in Tennessee receive federal grant aid. Over 80% of the more than 54,000 enrolled in the state’s private colleges are provided some form of financial aid to help lower the tuition burden. “Harold Ford, Jr. has proven himself to be a remarkable advocate of students in Tennessee,” commented TICUA President Dr. Claude Pressnell, Jr. “I can think of no better person to receive this year’s award.” This is the third year that TICUA has awarded the Congressional Gold Medallion for Excellence in Higher Education Policy. Past recipients include Senator Bill Frist and former Representative Bob Clement. TICUA represents 35 private non-profit accredited colleges and universities in Tennessee. Representing over 54,000 students and 25,000 faculty and staff, TICUA serves its membership through public policy analysis, research, professional development opportunities, and cost containment strategies. Event Information: TICUA Annual Meeting Gala Event at the Nashville Marriot at Vanderbilt University Tuesday, February 25, 2003 Start Time: 6:00 p.m. (Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.) Contact: Joan Chappell, TICUA Director of Administration, chappell@ticua.org for attendance information and media pass.