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Professor Wally Scott addresses an audience at the Legends & Leaders Gala in May, where he was honored by National-Louis University for his contributions to improving education. Looking on is Diana Mendley Rauner, chair of the National-Louis Board of Trustees.

National-Louis University honors Prof. Wally Scott for contributions to education reform


5/6/2006 - Professor of Management and Senior Austin Fellow Walter D. Scott was honored May 6 with National-Louis University's Leadership in Educational Advancement 2006 Award, at the University Club in Chicago. Scott's contributions to the betterment of education in the Chicago community, along with the critical role he has played at NLU in initiating major change both as a trustee and as an advocate, were celebrated at the Legends & Leader Gala, designed to honor those who have shaped NLU's success.

“Wally Scott is an exceptionally impactful member of Chicago's business and philanthropic community,” said Diana Rauner, chair of NLU's board of trustees. “His leadership has served the university extraordinarily well. He has been an instrument of change and has brought to NLU many quality trustees who respect his integrity, intelligence and commitment. Today we have a board that includes the cream of the crop of the region's ‘next generation' civic leadership as well as leaders of this generation. Wally's contributions of dollars, time and energy, and, perhaps most important, the gifts of his experience, reputation and passion, have generated invaluable opportunities for the university to flourish and grow.”

Scott said he is honored by the recognition and looks forward to continuing his support of NLU.

“A great deal of my time and energies over the past 18 years have been focused on public education in Chicago, and NLU plays a central role in that arena. They have close to 15,000 students, most of whom are or will become teachers, and they award more master's degrees in education than any other university in the country,” said Scott. “And there can be no doubt in any of our minds that great teachers are the foundation for great educational outcomes and great lives for our young people.”