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Former Star Tribune Publisher Receives Award of Distinction from University of Minnesota Board of Regents

February 18, 2015
Roger Parksinson

Minneapolis, MN (2/18/15)—Roger Parkinson, former publisher and president of the Star Tribune and current vice chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs today received the Award of Distinction, one of the highest awards given to a non-alumnus by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

In presenting the award, President Eric Kaler said Parkinson, who has served 15 years on the Humphrey School Advisory Council, “has been an extraordinary citizen and role model of civic engagement.”

The Award was conferred by the Regents in recognition of professional attainment and for Parkinson’s “service to the world community and the University community.”

At a recognition breakfast before the presentation, Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz said, “I am enormously grateful for Roger’s engagement in the work of the School. He has served with deep commitment to help promote our development efforts, and strengthen and advance the objectives of the School."

Parkinson, who has lived in Toronto for the last 20 years is also the former publisher, CEO, and chairman of the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper. Earlier in his career, he worked for Newsweek Magazine, served as a vice president of the Washington Post, and publisher and president of the Buffalo Courier Express.

In Minnesota, Parkinson organized the 1990 Gorbachev visit, served as chairman of the 1990 Olympic Festival, co-chairman of the 1985 All Star Baseball game committee, and on the Minnesota Super Bowl Committee. He also served on the boards of both the Minneapolis and the St. Paul United Ways, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, the Minneapolis Downtown Council, and the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. He was a trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation.

While at the Globe and Mail, he was founding chairman of both BNN, the Canadian business cable channel, and the Canadian Newspaper Association, and served as president of the World Association of Newspapers. He also served on both the business and academic boards of the University of Toronto and chairman, for 10 years, of the University of Toronto Press.

Parkinson earned a bronze star for service in Vietnam as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets). He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto.

“This really is a special honor, coming as it does from such a wonderful university in such a wonderful state,” said Parkinson.

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