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May 27, 2005
Contact: Paula Naughtin, School of Education, (785) 864-3758.

Carol Marinovich receives KU School of Education Distinguished Service Award

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas School of Education has given its 2005 Alumni Distinguished Service Award to Carol Marinovich, former Kansas City, Kan., mayor and chief executive officer of the Wyandotte County Unified Government.

Marinovich earned her master's degree from the School of Education in 1981. After teaching in the classroom for nine years, Marinovich became the coordinator of special education for the Kansas City, Kan., school district. During that time, she began her political career, becoming not only the first female mayor but also the first mayor/CEO of the newly formed Unified Government.

Among her many accomplishments as mayor/CEO, Marinovich was instrumental in the development of Kansas Speedway and the Village West retail district, in the renewal of formerly blighted neighborhoods, and in the consolidation of the city and county governments.

Marinovich has received numerous awards, including being named one of the nation's top 11 public officials by Governing magazine in 2002.


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