News Release| 2013 Plater Award; Cal State L.A.


Cal State L.A. President Covino
earns national award for
leadership in civic engagement

Los Angeles, CA – California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) President William A. Covino was named the recipient of the 2013 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. The award is given by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing civic learning through a variety of programs and activities.

Covino received the award while serving as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Fresno State.

“I was impressed with how comprehensive civic engagement is at Fresno State. Bills leadership connected his campus to all corners of his community, improving the educational outcomes at Fresno State and enriching the community it serves,” said George Mehaffy, AASCU’s vice president for academic leadership and change.

Under Covino’s leadership, the Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning helped volunteer service by Fresno State students, faculty, staff and administrators exceed 1 million hours for three straight years. Service hours totaled 1,129,004 in the 2011-2012 academic year. The volunteer work was done by 16,405 people, including 16,258 of approximately 21,000 students at Fresno State.

According to philanthropic standards, the estimated economic impact of Fresno State’s community service was greater than $28.5 million in the past year.

“This is a great recognition of the commitment of so many at Fresno State to creating a true and lasting university-community partnership, and to the ethic of engagement, service and citizenship that is so deeply held by the universitys faculty, staff and students,” Covino said of the award.


The Plater Award was established in 2006 in appreciation for the leadership of Plater, who served as chief academic officer of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) from 1987 through 2006. For more about the William M. Plater Award:

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