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Joseph Rives, Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning, receives the Management/Leadership Recognition Award from the Illinois Association for Institutional Research (I-AIR).
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Rives Receives I-AIR Management/Leadership Award

November 14, 2017

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MOLINE, IL - Joseph Rives, Western Illinois University-Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning, has received the Management/Leadership Recognition Award from the Illinois Association for Institutional Research (I-AIR).

The Management/Leadership Recognition Award is awarded to an executive officer of an institution, political leader, or leader of another organization who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of research, planning and information-based management in higher education. The award recognized Rives' efforts to advance these goals in Illinois and to support Illinois higher education.

"Dr. Rives' contributions to Illinois higher education throughout the years are commendable," said WIU President Jack Thomas. "Joe has also worked to enhance WIU's partnerships with our community and educational partners, as well as alumni, economic development leaders and many others, to further relationships with our many stakeholders."

Rives was recognized for regularly inviting local mayors, state and federal legislators and leaders from education, business, industry and the non-profit sector to the University to discuss ways in which higher education contributes to the state and communities in which they exist. As part of the President's Executive Institute, he has organized summits in nine Illinois communities and in St. Louis to discuss partnerships, education and community and economic development.

Rives was named vice president of the Quad Cities in August 2008. He joined Western's administration in 2005. In his roles as vice president of the WIU-Quad Cities campus, Rives serves as the University's point of contact for Quad Cities economic development issues, corporate partnerships, leadership for University-wide planning and is responsible for institutional accreditation reporting for the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Rives also works with Illinois, Iowa and Missouri community colleges and regional high schools to institute collaborative educational paths and has responsibility for the administration and planning for the Quad Cities campus. He was named to a four-year term on the Higher Learning Commission's Action Council (IAC) in 2017.

Rives also serves as an I-AIR Steering Committee member, and has served as president, vice president and treasurer from 2002-2003, president of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA), chair of Renew Moline's Project Management Team and is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, and he serves as a persistence and completion mentor for the Commission.

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