Randall Edwards Receives Humanitarian Award

Posted: February 26, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

When faculty, staff, and students at the Prince William Campus held a recent celebration to remember Martin Luther King Jr., they also honored one of their own. Executive Vice President Randall Edwards was named the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

The award, presented at the campus for the first time, is an annual presentation by the King celebration planning committee to a member of the campus community whose actions portray King’s humanitarian principles of diversity, vision, commitment, and community service.

“I am very humbled by this recognition,” says Edwards. “All my life, I have tried to be helpful to others who needed my help.” He says it has always been his goal to leave a positive impact on his place of business. “Over the years, I have been fortunate to have worked with people who have had a similar desire, and together we have been able to accomplish some good things.”

Throughout his career, Edwards has been committed to community service and civic leadership while working fervently to shape the image of higher education in Virginia. His numerous contributions to George Mason range from developing student life policies and student health programs to personally assisting an employee with the U.S. citizenship process and initiating monthly naturalization ceremonies at the Arlington Campus for new U.S. citizens. He also is an active member of the Diversity Advisory Board.

An advocate of the distributed university concept, Edwards has spent the past five years developing and promoting its principles at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Campuses to build a stronger university that draws from and gives back to the individual communities it serves. He is recognized as an untiring organizer and supporter of collaborative relationships that benefit the university and its constituent communities.

He serves on the governing boards of the Prince William Health System, the Prince William-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Ballston Partnership, and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. He is a member of the Prince William Economic Development Council, the Arlington Economic Development Commission, the Arlington Economic Development Higher Education Committee, the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, the Prince William Citizens Technology Advisory Group, the Prince William 66 Partnership, and the Friends of Arlington.

When accepting the award, Edwards reminded the audience that “more work needs to be done” to move our society “onward, upward, and forward.”

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