The Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE) presented Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, president of Moraine Valley Community College, with the CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Award at its conference in Chicago on Dec. 11. The award recognizes an institutional leader for outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education and institutional advancement.

Jenkins, who has been Moraine Valley’s president since 2012, was selected for her vision for the college and inspiring others to that vision, support of institutional advancement, increasing the college’s stature in the community, encouraging innovation and risk-taking among employees, and leading the college to higher levels of success while establishing a positive image.

“Our purpose and mission is to serve everybody in the communities we represent. It is a very critical time in history for those of us in higher education to continue to promote and talk about the value of higher education. I am very fortunate to be in a place where we do the best we can each day to serve all of the students and communities. I am so thankful for this honor,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins serves on several national, state and local boards, and her efforts have led to numerous recognitions and awards. Her vision for the college—Service to Students, Service to Our Community, Service to One Another—is the driving force behind everything she does at and for the college, including being a welcoming institution for everyone; serving the community through service, civic learning and diversity initiatives; creating leadership training and development opportunities for all employees regardless of their role; and fostering an environment where all innovation is encouraged.