Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award
The Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award honors individuals who have attained noted achievements in the area of education as teachers, researchers or administrators.

Dr Donald F SchwartzDr. Donald F. Schwartz
B.S. 1957, agriculture education
M.S. 1961, education administration
Professor Emeritus of Communication,
Cornell University

NDSU alumnus Donald F. Schwartz is widely recognized as a leader in communication education. He is credited with laying the foundation of NDSU's highly successful Department of Communication, establishing its first extensive communication program in 1969 and building the program through the 1970s.

While at NDSU, Schwartz held such positions as acting director of Office of Communications and University Relations and Assistant to the President. After earning his doctorate at Michigan State University, he served as the last chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences before it was reorganized into seven departments. He was then named the first chair of NDSU's new Department of Communication. He also began the first graduate program in business economics which evolved into the current MBA program.

Later, when he joined Cornell University, Schwartz assumed the department chair position from 1980-85. Considered a forefather of Cornell's Department of Communication, Schwartz moved the program from typewriters to computers to build a program that now offers doctoral degrees and is ranked in the top 5 in research productivity by the National Research Council. He holds professor emeritus status at Cornell.

"Few people have had the profound impact on two world-class departments as Dr. Schwartz has. He has truly been a visionary," wrote nominator Julie K. Henderson, professor of public relations at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and an NDSU alumna. "Dr. Schwartz has selflessly devoted time and energy to his students and given them endless support and encouragement. I cannot think of a person more worthy of this award."

Schwartz, BS '57, agricultural education, MS '61, education administration, was actively involved in the Public Relations Society of America and the International Communication Association. He served as National Advisor to the Public Relations Student Society of America. During his career, Schwartz produced 42 publications, papers and presentations and received 11 research grants. He also was a member of the editorial board for Public Relations Review and Organizational Communication: Emerging Perspectives, and he has been a member of the American Association of University Professors since 1967.

"He has carried the strengths gained from his experience at NDSU to offer a lifetime of exemplary gifts to the world's education community," wrote George Wallman, retired NDSU vice president for student affairs. "He has truly achieved academically, as a practitioner, scholar and educator."

His many honors include the 1990 Presidential Citation for Leadership, 1991 Outstanding Chapter Faculty Adviser and 1992 Championship Award from the Public Relations Society of America. He was named Professor of the Year at Cornell in 1993.

Schwartz and his wife, Lois, live in Green Valley, Arizona.




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