Cornwell Assumes Leadership Role with Florida Campus Compact

Rollins President Grant Cornwell to serve on executive committee of campus-based civic engagement group.

Drew DeVito ’16 and Andrej Ingle ’18 plant native trees near Moab, Utah, during an alternative spring break experience this spring. (Photo by Scott Cook) Drew DeVito ’16 and Andrej Ingle ’18 plant native trees near Moab, Utah, during an alternative spring break experience this spring. (Photo by Scott Cook)

From the moment he took office as Rollins’ 15th president last summer, Grant Cornwell has been in high demand. Whether hosting staff receptions at his house or meeting with community leaders, it seems the president is on everyone’s radar.

DeeDee Rasmussen, executive director of Florida Campus Compact, was among those waiting in line to corral Cornwell’s services. Now, she has her wish.

“As soon as we heard Grant was headed to Florida, we began conversations about the possibility of asking him to serve on our executive committee,” said Rasmussen, whose chapter is part of a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities dedicated to educating students for civic and social responsibility. “Grant has a strong reputation and commitment to the field of engaged scholarship, and we’re thrilled that he’s willing to take on this important role.”

Florida Campus Compact is comprised of more than 50 college and university presidents who are committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service.

Grant and Peg Cornwell lend a hand at a SummerSERVE project at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, a rehabilitation facility located in southeast Orlando that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured or orphaned Florida native species. (Photo by Scott Cook) Grant and Peg Cornwell lend a hand at a SummerSERVE project at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, a rehabilitation facility located in southeast Orlando that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured or orphaned Florida native species. (Photo by Scott Cook)

According to Rasmussen, Cornwell and fellow committee members are tasked with “leading us in a way that reflects all three sectors of higher education (state universities, state colleges, and independent colleges/universities) and with an eye toward geographic diversity.”

“I look forward to working with my presidential colleagues to advance Florida Campus Compact’s vision that all of the state’s students acquire civic and sought-after skills,” Cornwell said. “It’s vital that our graduates are determined to improve the quality of life in our communities.”

Over the past decade, Rollins students, faculty, and staff have been heavily involved with Campus Compact on the state and national levels, winning multiple awards and holding various leadership positions. In November, Cornwell signed the organization’s 30th anniversary action statement, and in March he attended its 30th anniversary conference in Boston.

“Faced with the daunting challenges of growing social inequalities, higher education must honor its historic responsibility in expanding opportunity by helping nurture a new generation of learners,” said Richard Guarasci, chairman of Campus Compact. “In signing the new Compact Action Plan, presidents such as Grant Cornwell are leading the way in creating specific campus strategies and practices to change lives and build economic and civic prosperity.”

This fall, Associate Dean of the Faculty Gabriel Barreneche, Assistant Professor of Communication Anne Stone, and Director of Rollins’ Center for Leadership and Community Engagement Meredith Hein will begin crafting Rollins’ civic action plan at one of Campus Compact’s Civic Action Planning Institutes.

President Cornwell takes a selfie with first-year Rollins students during a SPARC Day service-learning project at The Paragon School in Orlando, a school for students with autism. (Photo by Scott Cook) President Cornwell takes a selfie with first-year Rollins students during a SPARC Day service-learning project at The Paragon School in Orlando, a school for students with autism. (Photo by Scott Cook)

A Thriving Partnership

Highlights from Rollins’ 10-year engagement with National Campus Compact and Florida Campus Compact

2016

  • Don Davison, professor of political science, won the Florida Campus Compact Graham-Frey Civic Award.
  • Marissa Corrente, associate director of Rollins’ Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, won the Florida Campus Compact Community Engagement Educator Award in the independent colleges and universities sector.
  • Rollins, along with Opportunity, Community, Ability, Inc., was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Florida Campus Compact Campus-Community Partnership of the Year Award in the independent colleges and universities sector.
  • Rollins was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Campus of the Year Award in the independent colleges and universities sector.
  • Arden Baxter ’18 selected as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow for her work with the Rollins College Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.
  • President Grant Cornwell named to the Campus Compact Executive Committee.

2015

  • Raul Carril ’14 ’16MBA selected as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow. He was one of 201 student leaders from colleges across the U.S. to be honored with this award.
  • Sharon Carnahan, psychology professor and executive director of Rollins’ Child Development & Student Research Center, won the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award.
  • Gabriel Barreneche, Spanish professor and associate dean of the faculty, recognized for engaged scholarship research.
  • For cross-departmental collaboration on its Democracy Project, Rollins received the Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Award.

2014

  • Anne Stone, assistant professor of communication, won the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award from Florida Campus Compact.
  • Professor of Environmental Studies Bruce Stephenson won the Graham-Frey Civic Award.

2013

  • Kimberly Dennis, associate professor of art history, received the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Award for her service work in the women’s studies field.
  • Ashley Kistler, associate professor of anthropology, won the Engaged Scholarship Research Award, which honors scholars for outstanding research in the field of service learning and engaged scholarship.

2012

  • Rollins and Fern Creek Elementary School received the Campus-Community Partnership Award for producing measurable improvements in people's lives while enhancing higher education.
  • Diane and Michael Maher Professor of Distinguished Teaching Rachel Newcomb recognized with the Service-Learning Faculty Award for contributing to the integration of service learning into the Rollins curriculum.

2011

  • Rollins received the 20th Anniversary Engaged Campus Award, the top award given to a college or university in the state of Florida.
  • Meredith Hein, director of the Rollins College Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, received the Community Engagement Educator Award.
  • Professor of History Julian Chambliss won the Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Faculty Award.

2010

  • Professor of Philosophy Margaret A. McLaren won the Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Faculty Award.
  • Kistler was selected to participate in the 2009–10 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Fellows Program.

2009

  • Professor of Art Rachel Simmons received the Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Faculty Award for contributing to the integration of service learning into the Rollins curriculum.

2008

  • Barreneche received the Service-Learning Faculty Award.

2007

  • Rollins received the inaugural Engaged Campus Award, the top award given to a college or university in the state of Florida.
  • Micki Meyer, Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Community, received the Community Engagement Educator Award.
  • Rhonda Ovist, associate professor of sociology, received the Service-Learning Faculty Award.