We’ve always known that President Knobel is pretty exceptional. As he entered the final autumn season of his tenure at Denison, all kinds of other people came out of the woodwork to let us know how special they think he is, too.
Just this week, Knobel was honored by the 2012 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with its Chief Executive Leadership Award for District V. The recognition was given in honor of Knobel’s “outstanding leadership and service in support of education.”
In his recommendation letter, Tom Hoaglin ’71, chair of the Board of Trustees, said “Denison University and its stature have risen to new heights during the last 14 years of Dr. Knobel’s presidency. Denison is recognized as having a robust and well-managed endowment with a large base of supporters, a rigorous course of study and an outstanding faculty.” He added, “Knobel’s enthusiasm for Denison and its mission is wonderfully contagious.”
In addition, Knobel was recognized for his long support of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education and the ACE Ohio Women’s Network in early November.
“Dr. Knobel has been a strong supporter of the work of the ACE Ohio Women’s Network for many years, and the Executive Board is immensely grateful for his guidance and for the connections he has made with other Ohio higher education presidents on the network’s behalf,” said Jane Goettsch, a state coordinator of the ACE network. “Dr. Knobel’s active involvement helped grow the ACE network in its formative years, sustain it during many transitions, and position it for a strong future of advancing women in higher education.”
And Knobel has not limited his energy and talent to higher education. In October, the Granville Rotary Club awarded him their prestigious Vocational Service Award, given to individuals who, according to the Rotary, exhibit a high caliber of professionalism, enthusiasm, ethics, commitment to service, and vocational excellence.
During the ceremony, Knobel drew praise from The Works Museum executive director Marcia Downes. “Dale, as president of Denison University, is the model for town and gown relationships. His active involvement in the community is recognized and emulated by the students and faculty.” She added. “As a result, students from the Hill can be found in almost every facet of our lives in Licking County. Our community would look and feel very different without these amazing students and faculty.”