Barry University wins 'education award' from Beacon Council

Barry University wins 'education award' from Beacon Council

Gladys Amador

Barry University wins ‘education award’ from Beacon Council

Miami Shores, Fla. – Barry University is the winner of The Beacon Council’s Ninth Annual Beacon Awards for Education. The council chose Barry for demonstrating exceptional contributions to the educational system in Miami-Dade County through innovation, leadership, and community involvement.

“These activities at Barry University foster the values of social responsibility and inclusivity while impacting economically disadvantaged communities,” said Andreas Business School Dean, Dr. Tomislav Mandakovic. “The incorporation of programs - such as the Barry Institute for Community and Economic Development (BICED) at the School of Business - into the academic curricula, develops the social consciousness in our future business leaders.”

Barry is among several other winners including Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, who won in the financial services category as well as Goya Foods of Florida who won for international commerce and multinational corporations. The Beacon Council awards recognize people, businesses or organizations for their noteworthy contributions to the local economy in the areas of job creation, business expansion and corporate citizenship.

The judges’ committee, which included the chair, chair-elect, and past chairs of The Beacon Council, selected all 14 awards including Barry University’s education award sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The awards are part of The Beacon Council’s Local Business Local Jobs business outreach program, which focuses on local business retention and expansion by assessing and addressing the needs of local businesses.

The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization, will recognize the winners at the Ninth Annual Beacon Awards on May 11, 2011 at Jungle Island. Local CBS4 news anchors, Shannon Hori and Antonio Mora, will present the awards as masters of ceremony.

“The Beacon Awards recognize and celebrate a wide range of dynamic organizations and individuals which are firming up our economy,” said Jack Lowell, chair of The Beacon Council. “They are the best, and we thank them all for their commitment and many contributions to our community.”