St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has been selected to receive the World Savvy Distinguished Global Educator Award.  This award is presented each year in recognition and celebration of individuals who have made a significant contribution to global learning for students and teachers in their career, as a practitioner, leader or policy maker.

World Savvy is a national education group that educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.

“I’m very honored to receive this award and to be recognized by an organization as admirable as World Savvy,” said President Brian Rosenberg.  “We take pride in Macalester’s longstanding global commitment.  Whether it’s our Institute for Global Citizenship, our students who are citizens of over 90 countries, or our international curriculum, Macalester is, at its core, global.  This award should be understood far less as a recognition of me than as a tribute to the Macalester community, past and present.” 

Recipients of this award demonstrate a robust commitment to global competence, in their own lives and in their educational practice and leadership, while having contributed significantly to expand the perception of and access to global learning opportunities throughout their careers.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to honor Brian Rosenberg with the World Savvy Distinguished Global Educator Award – his authentic commitment to global citizenship and engagement for students during his tenure at Macalester has been inspiring and a model for others,” said Dana Mortenson, Co-founder and Executive Director of World Savvy. “We are delighted to publicly recognize all that Brian Rosenberg has done to support global competence education more broadly, and World Savvy's work specifically, over the last several years.”

Brian Rosenberg, the sixteenth president of Macalester College, began his tenure at the college in August 2003. Rosenberg is active nationally, serving as a member of the Leadership Circle of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group, the Presidents’ Trust of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Presidents’ Advisory Board of the Bonner Foundation, and as a member of the board of the Teagle Foundation. He is a past chair of the board of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives and of the Presidents’ Council of Project Pericles.  Within Minnesota, Rosenberg is a member of the Itasca Project, an alliance of more than 50 leaders drawn from the private, government, and social sectors with the goal of improving economic competitiveness and quality of life within the state.

At a special VIP event on May 29th, Rosenberg will be interviewed by MPR’s Kerri Miller and honored with The World Savvy Distinguished Global Educator Award. The event begins at 5:30 PM at Macalester College’s Alexander G, Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, followed by the World Savvy Gala (tickets required).

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World Savvy, a national education nonprofit, educates and engages youth to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Since 2002, World Savvy has partnered with stakeholders at all levels of the education system - educators, schools and districts, and state and national policymakers; to develop and implement global competence education, so that all students are prepared to navigate the complexities of college, career, and life, in today’s interconnected world.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,011 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at

May 15 2014

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