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MICA President Fred Lazarus IV Honored By Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates

Lazarus recognized for his efforts in official resolutions

Posted 03.11.14 by MICA Communications

Delegate members alongside President Lazarus at the House resolution presentation on Feb. 21 in Annapolis.

The House of Delegates of Maryland and the Senate of Maryland honored MICA President Fred Lazarus IV on Friday, Feb. 21 in Annapolis. Both the House and Senate issued resolutions stating their support for Lazarus, who will retire at the end of this school year, after serving 36 years as president of the College.

The resolutions cited Lazarus for his leadership in the arts and higher education:

"Be it hereby known to all that The Senate of Maryland offers its sincerest congratulations to Fred Lazarus IV, in recognition of his leadership in the advancement and integration of the arts, education and community development, and in appreciation for his dedicated service as he retires after thirty-six years as President of the Maryland Institute College of Arts."

"Be it hereby known to all that The House of Delegates of Maryland offers its sincerest congratulations to Fred Lazarus IV in recognition of thirty-six years as President of the Maryland Institute College of Art and his dedication to the arts community in Baltimore."

These resolutions were implemented after a vote by several members of the House and the Senate. While both the Senate and the House were in session, members took to the floor to speak on behalf of Lazarus. In the House, Delegate Samuel Rosenberg sponsored the resolution, and in the Senate, Sen. Catherine Pugh and Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. took the lead. In attendance with Lazarus was the Vice Chair of MICA's Board Michel Modell '07 '10, MICA trustee Ron Fidler '64, and Vice President and C.F.O. Douglas Mann.

Being recognized by the legislative body in Maryland is a testament to the importance of Lazarus' work for the state. Since coming to MICA in 1978, Lazarus has made significant strides for MICA and the Baltimore arts community.

Among recent accolades, Lazarus received the Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year Award, sponsored by the Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and was named a Marylander of the Year finalist by the Baltimore Sun. Lazarus has also been honored by the launch of the Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize, sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

MICA will host a series of events celebrating Lazarus' tenure in April during a week titled Legacy Week. For more details on the Lazarus Legacy events, visit www.mica.edu/lazaruslegacy.

Learn more about Lazarus' time at MICA by visiting www.mica.edu/lazarus.

Image caption: Delegate members alongside President Lazarus at the House resolution presentation on Feb. 21 in Annapolis.