Retiring Misericordia University president Dr. Michael MacDowell and his wife, Tina, have been chosen as honors of the Salvation Army Community Service Award, recognizing their contributions and dedication on behalf of humanity and the betterment for all in the Wyoming Valley community.
The award will be presented at The Salvation Army’s annual community awards dinner on May 16 at the Best Western Genetti Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre.
The MacDowells relocated to Northeast Pennsylvania 15 years ago from Oneonta, New York where MacDowell was vice president and associate professor of Economics at Hartwick College.
As Misercordia University’s 12th president, MacDowell has served as the past vice chairman of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, where he remains on the board. He served as chair of the Great Valley Technology Alliance, past chair of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Colleges and Universities (NEPACU), a network of 13 public and private institutions, chaired the Council of Presidents (COPs), a collaborative effort of Luzerne County’s five public and private colleges and universities, and is a past vice president of the Northeast Pennsylvania Boy Scout Council.
Former recipients of The Salvation Army award are the late Senator Charlie Lemmond, Gus Genetti, Frank Henry and Richard Pearsall.