NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., was honored with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois Award and featured in a gallery of award winners in Crain’s Chicago Business on Nov. 6.
AARP called Megahed and the other recipients “champions of leadership” and hailed the fact they are breaking perceptions and building possibilities.
The magazine noted that Dr. Megahed has launched the New Urban University Coalition, which uses shared knowledge and findings to improve higher education for urban students. It also noted that NLU welcomes older adults and retirees, which has resulted in a student population in which 12 percent are over the age of 50, three times the average at colleges statewide.
The other 49 honorees included leading business people, CEOs, doctors, writers, tech entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, artists and musicians.