Cal Poly Pomona President Emeritus Michael Ortiz has been selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Leadership Award by his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education.
This honor is awarded annually in recognition of exceptional service in furthering the school’s mission and programs and remarkable leadership in advancing educational opportunity in the community.
Ortiz’s outstanding leadership and his extraordinary career in the California State University system, in addition to earlier positions in North Carolina, made him a natural candidate for the award, according to Laurie J. Norman, the UNC School of Education’s Director of Alumni Relations.
“His work in the field of special education and his leadership roles brought distinction to the School of Education,” says Norman.
Ortiz will be recognized at an awards dinner in October before an audience of friends and family, including his wife of 33 years, Betty. The recipients of six other alumni awards will also be in attendance.
He will be the 17th recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award, introduced by the School of Education in 2000.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award,” Ortiz says. “My time at the University of North Carolina helped to lay the foundation for a long and cherished career in higher education.”