will award President Paul Mina,with its 2012 Citizen Laureate Award at the University's Commencement Sunday May 20.
The Citizen Laureate award recognizes individuals in the community who have consistently supported Framingham State University and whose work exemplifies the highest level of commitment to service and to the well-being of others.
University is recognizing Mina this year for his vision and leadership in establishing Framingham’s Pearl Street Cupboard and Café, which provides food and assistance to local families in need.
“Framingham State University has played an integral part in supporting the United Way of Tri-County, we truly appreciate that they are recognizing the great work of our President,” said Jen Maseda, senior vice president,
United Way of Tri-County. “We know Paul will continue to lead us all in making positive strides to eliminate hunger in our community.”
“In establishing the food pantry, Paul fully leveraged the existing partnership between Framingham State University and the United Way of Tri-County by drawing upon the professional expertise of our faculty and the energy and dedication of student interns and volunteers. He saw a need and stepped to the plate as a community leader to make it happen. He involved not only our institution but countless other individuals and organizations in the area with outstanding results. In my mind, he embodies the spirit of the University’s Citizen Laureate Award.” said Dr. Suzanne Conley, vice president for enrollment and student development Framingham State University and vice chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Tri-County.
Mina will accept his award fromFramingham State President Timothy J. Flanagan at the University's Commencement Ceremony Sunday, May 20.