NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre is set to receive the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The award recognizes "living alumni who have achieved honor and distinction with recognition and reputations that extend well beyond the immediate environments in which they live and work," according to a press release. The university will bestow the award during a special reception at the UW-L Cleary Alumni and Friends Center on Friday, May 9.
"I am humbled to receive this recognition from UW-L," Nyre said. "I am grateful for the education I received from the dedicated faculty and staff of the university. UW-L is a great university that transforms young men and women. It changed my life."
A Wisconsin native, Nyre earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Nyre has served on numerous boards of directors, governor’s commissions and national task forces, and he has a nationally recognized program of research, numerous publications in the fields of psychology and education, and has authored and advanced vital state and national legislation, according to the release.
Before assuming the presidency of Iona College in 2011, Nyre served in a faculty capacity at several universities and as president/CEO of The Hope Institute.