President Mark B. Rosenberg honored as “changemaker” by CEOs for Cities

portrait_rosenbergCEOs for Cities, a national organization dedicated to connecting urban leaders with each other and with the smartest ideas for city success, will honor FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg as a “City Changemaker.”

Rosenberg is being honored for his commitment to utilizing the resources of Florida International University as an anchor in the community, helping Greater Miami to meet its ecological, cultural, social, and urban challenges. He will receive his award at the 2013 CEOs for Cities national meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Oct. 1, Other honorees include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, as well as Olga Stella of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and Jim Walker, founder of Big Car, an arts and culture organization in Indianapolis.

“We are very pleased to honor these six extraordinary leaders for their innovative leadership in making their cities more vibrant, sustainable and economically competitive,” said Lee Fisher, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities “Each was enthusiastically nominated by community leaders in their cities.”

Rosenberg is the fifth president of FIU, and formerly served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida. He is a Fulbright Research Scholar and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Rosenberg is a passionate educator and urban problem-solver.

“I have always had a passion for teaching because it gives students the tools they need to develop into leaders and have a positive impact on the future of our community and nation. As president, I have an even greater opportunity: to lead a university that gives thousands of student’s access to these tools,” Rosenberg said. “This award is a testament to the work, determination, and spirit of our faculty, staff, students, and community that has allowed us to become a leading public research institution,” Mark B. Rosenberg said.

The theme of the 2013 national meeting is “The Art of the Collaborative City,” and will explore the role of the private, public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors at the intersection of art, design, talent, and place. More than 250 leaders from more than 60 cities are expected to attend.

The CEOs for Cities national network includes mayors, college presidents, community foundations, business leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, architects, and designers. CEOs for Cities is online at More information about CEOs for Cities’ national meeting can be found at, or by contacting Arin Miller-Tait at

For more about the Changemaker awards, click here.

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