(October 5, 2017) Tempe, AZ - Carolyn Warner, Founder and Chairman of Corporate// Education Consulting, Inc., has been named as the 2018 honoree of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Heroes of Education award. This award, celebrating its 13th year, is given to a champion of public education in Arizona and recognizes those who have a proven personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities.
Warner served for twelve years as Arizona’s elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the first non-educator to hold that post. In this position, she was a member and executive officer of the State Board of Education/Career and Technical Education, and served on the Arizona Board of Regents and the State Community College Board. Hallmarks of Warner’s tenure were increased services to schools, greater accountability, greater involvement of business and the community in education policy, ground-breaking Basic Skills and Employability Skills initiatives, and the creation of the Arizona Educational Foundation. In 1986, she was her party’s nominee for Governor of Arizona.
Warner has received Congressional and Presidential appointments to the National Skill Standards Board and the White House Conference on Small Business, and was a Presidential appointee to the National Commission on the Public Service. She currently serves on the National Board of Advisors of InfiLaw, as National Treasurer of Jobs for America’s Graduates – the nation’s most successful school-to-work transition program, is Co-Chair of the Arizona Career and Technical Education Quality Skills Commission, and is past Chair of the United Methodist Foundation for Higher Education and past President of the Arizona Women’s Forum. Warner is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, is an accomplished author and just released an autobiography, “Before I Forget”, co-written by Lisa Schnebly-Heidinger.
"We are delighted and privileged to have Carolyn Warner as this year's honoree," said Christina Schultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. "Her passionate commitment to education and business-partnering in Arizona and nationally, has improved the prospects for our students and alumni. Carolyn's energetic and astute efforts during her extensive and successful career continue to have an enormous positive impact on our community."
The Heroes of Education Recognition Dinner honoring Warner will be held March 29, 2018 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix. Since 2006, this event has raised over $15 million in scholarship funds. More than 500 community and business leaders are expected to attend.
For more information about the Heroes of Education event and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, contact Mary O’Connor, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at 480.731.8403.
About Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation
The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designated by the Maricopa Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its ten colleges. The Foundation actively seeks contributions from a variety of public and private sources including individuals, corporations and other foundations. It acts as a trustee for donations to assure that gifts are distributed in the manner specified by the donor.