Bellevue University Tops U.S. News Rankings

Dr. Mary Hawkins wins 2011-2012 Business Leader of the Year

Dr. Mary B. Hawkins

University growth just one success noted by the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce.

(Bellevue, Neb.) Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins was awarded the Business Leader of the Year Award by the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards dinner on Thursday, October 4.

Since Dr. Hawkins arrival in 2000, Bellevue University has grown an average 12 percent each year and has been consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing nonprofit universities in the country. Dr. Hawkins is described as always looking for ways to better her community and is not afraid to "put the gloves on" to help get the job done.

She is credited with leading the implementation of the University's Cyber-Active Learning model and for her work in developing new programs. Dr. Hawkins community work also received recognition as she serves on numerous local and national boards including the Boy Scouts of America, United Way of the Midlands, Greater Omaha Chamber and the Omaha Business Ethics Alliance.

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