Dr. David Sallee, president of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., has been recognized with the 2011 Chief Executive Leadership Award from District VI of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award will be presented during the organization’s annual conference scheduled for January 9-11 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City.
In announcing the award, the CASE Recognition Committee cited Dr. Sallee’s leadership during his decade-long tenure as president of William Jewell, an achievement which distinguishes him as the longest sitting president of any college or university in the Kansas City metropolitan area. During Dr. Sallee’s presidency, William Jewell was designated as TIME Magazine’s “Liberal Arts College of the Year” for 2001-2002 and has been consistently named among “America’s Best Colleges” in such publications as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes Magazine. The committee recognized Dr. Sallee’s leadership in rebuilding following a 2003 tornado strike that decimated campus facilities.
“What sets Dr. Sallee apart from others in his profession is his remarkable ability to choose his colleagues carefully, inviting them to share in his vision for the college, and every day trusting them to help shape its future in significant ways,” said Dr. Dan Lambert, president emeritus of Baker University. “He is a collegial president whose strength is openness and humility and whose leadership leaves no room for arrogance. And this kind of leadership builds great colleges.”
Washington, D.C.-based CASE is the leading advocacy organization for higher education in the United States. District VI is comprised of higher education professionals in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. For more information about CASE and the District VI leadership awards, go to
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.