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Abare receives awards for leadership and community service

Apr 4, 2013
by Staff

Flagler College president William T. Abare Jr. received two recent awards, including the 2012 James T. Rogers Distinguished Leadership Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The award is reserved for those exhibiting extraordinary leadership. Nominations for the award were solicited from those active in the accreditation activities of the Commission on Colleges, representing the commission’s 800 member colleges and universities.

Abare and his wife, Susan, also received the 2013 Community Service Award from the St. Augustine-based Caring Hands – Caring Community organization. The Abares were recognized for their many years of charitable service to St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

“You both have touched so many young adults and children in important times of their lives,” said Mark F. Bailey, president of the organization’s board of directors.

Caring Hands – Caring Community is a charitable organization founded in 2004 to build awareness and support for the health care services provided through BayView Healthcare.  Its purpose is to help those in need of services regardless of their ability to pay. 

Abare is in his 42nd year with Flagler College, and his 12th year as president. He has been active on local boards and organizations including the St. Augustine Foundation, the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, Flagler Health Care System, Flagler Hospital and the St. Johns County Welfare Federation. He is an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has worked with numerous other local groups.

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