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Philanthropist, cultural arts activist Nancy W. McCann to receive 2022 Presidential Medal

Posted March 01, 2022 in Articles

Nancy W. McCann, president of the John P. Murphy Foundation and the Kulas Foundation, will be awarded the President’s Medal at this year’s Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise event on Wednesday, May 11 in the Cleveland State University Student Center. The honor is the University’s highest prestigious non-academic recognition.

“Nancy McCann is an inspiration, a steady and devoted catalyst for growth and positive change not just here at CSU, but throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond,” said CSU President Harlan M. Sands.

“More than just an influential leader in business, civic, educational, cultural and nonprofit circles, Nancy has changed countless lives for the better, including here on campus. We are thankful for her leadership.”

A native Clevelander, McCann developed a successful career with Higbee’s and Forest City Enterprises, earning national repute for innovative “retail-tainment” marketing concepts. Later, McCann was pivotal in the development of Kent State University’s Fashion Museum and School of Design.

As president of the John P. Murphy and the Kulas Foundations, she supports the arts. And as an eight-year member of the CSU Foundation Board of Directors, she also supports student success and educational excellence.

At CSU, she established the Nancy W. McCann Endowed Music Scholarship to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a music degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

In fact, McCann’s high energy and visionary leadership has been described as “unprecedented.”

During her time as a member of the CSU Foundation Board of Directors, she passionately led Radiance fundraising efforts and was integral to the success of ENGAGE: The Campaign for Cleveland State University, which raised $114 million.

“Each and every gift to Cleveland State University is an opportunity for a student,” McCann said.

“Supporting CSU means donors are supporting students’ dreams, goals and aspirations. Radiance celebrates our donors who provide the necessary support to empower CSU students and give them the tools and skills to fulfill them so they can compete on the world stage.”

Hosted by the Cleveland State University Foundation, with the support of generous sponsors, Radiance is CSU’s signature fête celebrating the power of the University’s donor community and its impact on student success initiatives.

For tickets and sponsorship information, call 216.875.9839.

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