WATERVILLE — William R. Cotter, Colby College president, is the 1993 recipient of the Honor Roll Award for Education of the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
The award was presented at the center’s annual awards banquet April 21 in Washington, D.C.
“President Cotter has shown, throughout his entire professional career, an interest in leadership and a commitment to diversity,” said William M. Burke, president of the Washington Center. “He has also been a strong supporter of experiential learning.”
The center’s mission is experiential learning and, as a result, Cotter was a natural choice to receive the award, Burke said.
Since Cotter became president of Colby College in 1979, the faculty has grown by one-third and its endowment nearly four times.
Cotter graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1958 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1961. He also led the African-American Institute in New York from 1970 to 1979 and was coordinator of international education programs for the Ford Foundation before that. From 1963 to 1965 he was a White House Fellow.