The award recognizes a non-Rotarian who has made major contributions to both business and the local community, and whose high ethical standards in professional and personal life exemplify Rotary's philosophy. This philosophy is practiced by Rotarians through the following four-way test which asks:
· Is it the truth?
· Is it fair to all concerned?
· Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
· Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary Club 13, in a recent press release, noted its recognition that "Gilliland has established a progressive and ambitious agenda for the urban campus of 14,000 students since taking office in April 2000. Working in a highly collaborative process with the university and surrounding community, Chancellor Gilliland and the university's leadership team have committed to realize the following goals by 2006: to be a national leader in scholarship and creative activity; to attract, nurture and develop responsible community leaders; to be an essential community partner and resource; to be a workplace of choice; and to have the resources to fuel the university's vision."
A few congratulatory notes from the community:
Congratulations to Martha Gilliland on this well-deserved recognition of her contribution to Kansas City. Her work, leadership and passion for education illustrate the Rotary's philosophy of high standards. I am honored to join Kansas City Downtown Rotary Club 13 in celebrating Martha!
Joy Wheeler President FirstGuard Health Plan
It is Greater Kansas City's good fortune to have Martha Gilliland as one of its very own, and the honor of "Business Executive of the Year" is most fitting. Her leadership in driving new standards for higher education will continue to bring benefit to both students and the community.
Pete Levi President, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce