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Gadsden State Dean Receives International Recognition


Dr. Jim Prucnal, dean of financial and administrative services, was recently presented the Foundation Fellow Award by the Gadsden Civitan Club.   He was honored as a Fellow of the Civitan International Research Center for extraordinary contributions in leadership and community service. 

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Dr. Jim Prucnal

“This award is presented annually to an outstanding member who has gone the extra mile in representing the civic commitment of Civitan.  We are proud to present this year’s award to Jim Prucnal and feel that he is a true representative of our mission,” said Bob Walden, past-president of the Gadsden Civitan Club.

                Prucnal, a former Civitan secretary and executive board member, has been a member of the Gadsden Civitan Club for many years actively participating in annual projects.  He was Civitan of the Year in 2005.  Prucnal remarked, “I am extremely honored to be chosen as a Foundation Fellow and I thank the Civitans for this honor.”  An award of $1,000 will be presented to the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) in his honor.  CIRC, founded in 1989 on the campus of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, focuses on the development of the mind-brain through service, education and research.  It provides opportunities for researchers to expand the current knowledge about human development and developmental disabilities by conducting basic, clinical and translational research.

                The Gadsden Civitan Club is a non-profit voluntary organization whose members seek to improve their community with a special focus on helping those individuals who are mentally challenged.

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