Wil Cwikiel, middle school principal at Harbor Springs High Schools in rural northern Michigan, named as the recipient of the 2011 Ray Gatchalian Spirit of Leadership Award for his exemplary efforts of courage and risk-taking roles in environmental protection and advocacy to his current role in counseling youth.
DENVER –The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, KFLA, has named Wil Cwikiel, middle school principal at Harbor Springs High Schools in rural northern Michigan, as the recipient of the 2011 Ray Gatchalian Spirit of Leadership Award for his exemplary efforts of courage and risk-taking roles in environmental protection and advocacy to his current role in counseling youth. This marks the third time that the award was presented. As the award winner, Cwikiel will have the opportunity to share his story and experiences at the KFLA bi-annual Forum in Washington, D.C. The Ray Gatchalian Award was created to recognize individuals that are compassionate, courageous, risk-takers, and who have a talent for getting things done.
Will Cwikiel’s love of people, leadership and the outdoors has taken him on a voyage as an environmentalist to an entirely new occupation as middle school principal. Cwikiel saw the career change as a leadership opportunity in his community that he believed he was uniquely able to fill. In his new position, Cwikiel has been exposed to the troubled spirits of his community’s youth. Those close to him say that he brings the same reverence to encounters with adolescents as he did to the wonders of the national world.
Prior to riskily switching his career to education, Cwikiel worked for the State of Michigan as the chief of the Land and Water Management Division of the Department of Environmental Quality and was the policy director for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. He was recently appointed to serve on the
Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Council by Governor Jennifer Granholm. In his life’s work, he has embodied courageous leadership and compassion, many times in the midst of controversial and challenging situations. He is tapped as a speaker and expert panelist for his expertise, but also because of his optimistic nature.
The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Spirit of Leadership Award is named for Ray Gatchalian, a former Kellogg Fellow. Along with other traits, the award recognizes a Fellow who has proven to be an exceptional leader, embodying characteristics that defined Gatchalian like being compassionate, courageous, taking risk, and having a talent for getting things done. The award is presented bi-annually at the KFLA forum. For additional information please see http://www.kfla.org/programs/?p=p&c=5.
KFLA, www.kfla.org, is a network of more than 1,200 leaders throughout 40 countries worldwide committed to positive change and to giving back in their communities. The KFLA connects, renews and leverages its Kellogg Fellows' network and partners as an effective, humane change agent in addressing today’s critical issues.