Ralph Regula Honored with NAICU Advocacy Award
February 6, 2008
The 15th Annual National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Advocacy Award was presented to Congressman Ralph Regula Tuesday evening by Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union College at an awards ceremony held in Washington D.C.
The award was in recognition of Congressman Regula’s lifetime commitment to higher education.
“As our congressional representative, board member, alumnus and friend, it is an honor for me to present the Honorable Ralph Regula with this award,” said Giese. “Throughout his 33 years on the House Appropriations Committee, Ralph has made federal funding for education, and especially the core student aid programs, a top priority.
Regula remains connected to his constituents in Ohio by coming home every weekend. He meets with college presidents and students regularly to stay on top of the current needs in the 16th district.
“We are very proud of Ralph,” said Giese. “The work he does on the appropriations committee makes a difference to the students of Ohio and to millions of students across the nation. At Mount Union College, almost one-third of our 2,200 undergraduates receive $1.5 million in Pell Grant assistance.”
A 1948 graduate of Mount Union, Regula earned his L.L.B. degree from William McKinley School of Law in 1956. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Mount Union. He has served on the Mount Union College Board of Trustees since 1964.
Also honored during the ceremony was Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame who received the 22nd Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award.
NAICU serves as the unified voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation.