The Adelante Latino Education Committee honors four individuals each year for their contributions to educational excellence in the region. On October 6, Millersville University’s Barry Kornhauser, family arts collaborative creator, and Dr. William Redmond, assistant vice president for academic services and pre-collegiate programs, were two of those individuals selected as award winners by the committee. Each award recipient received an Adelante Award and a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate.
Kornhauser received the Partner in Education Award for his work with underserved children and accepted it in the name of Millersville University. Kornhauser recently joined the staff of Millersville University to help lead Millersville’s newly formed Family Arts Collaborative. Prior to Millersville, he served 32 years as the playwright-in-residence at Fulton Theatre. He is a recipient of the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup, honoring “a body of distinguished work by a nationally known writer of outstanding plays for children,” the Helen Hayes Outstanding Play Award, Ivey Award, two American Alliance for Theatre & Education Outstanding Play Awards and a Bonderman Prize; along with Pennsylvania’s “Best Practices Honor” and the state’s first Educational Theatre Award. In 2008, Kornhauser was selected as the United States nominee for the “ASSITEJ International Award for Artistic Excellence” and his Youtheatre program for at-risk teens and those living with disabilities and was honored at the White House as one of the nation’s top arts-education initiatives.
Redmond received the Leadership in Education Award. Redmond has been employed by Millersville University for the past 28 years. Currently, he serves as the assistant vice president for academic services and pre-collegiate programs. Redmond is also the creator and served as the director of the nationally recognized and award-winning Lancaster Partnership Program. Since 1993, the program has seen 73 percent of its Latino and African American students pursuing postsecondary education, with more than $2.2 million of corporate financial aid being awarded to Lancaster Partnership students attending Millersville University. As a Governor-appointed member of the Board of Trustees at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology for more than 11 years, Redmond played a key role in the school’s recognition as an accredited college by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges.