2012 Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership honored second recipient of the annual Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award

Ms. Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Museum Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Newark Museum

Photo: Mary sue sweeney price, museum director and chief executive officer at the newark museum


About the Awardee

Mary Sue Sweeney Price was appointed sixth director of The Newark Museum in 1993.  The Museum, which has just celebrated its centennial, is nationally recognized for its collections, architecture, and historic commitment to education and access.  Mrs. Price has overseen several museum expansions, including the  restoration and reinterpretation of the Victorian-era Ballantine House, a National Historic Landmark and the creation of interactive natural science galleries, “Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature’s Secrets.”  The Museum has recently begun a Signature Project for expansion designed by its longstanding architect, Michael Graves.

Important exhibitions organized under Mrs. Price’s leadership include "Crowning Glory: Images of the Virgin in the Arts of Portugal;” "Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity;" “Picturing America,” the contextual reinstallation of the museum’s outstanding American art collection, and most recently “Constructive Spirit: Abstrat Art in South and North America.”  Price is past President of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), representing the major art museums in North America, a past president of ArtTable Inc., the national organization for professional women leaders in the visual arts, and a trustee of ArtPride NJ, one of the most effective arts advocacy organizations in the country. She also serves as a Commissioner of the American Association of Museums.  She is a graduate of Allegheny College and attended Harvard’s Publishing Procedures program as well as the AFA/Getty Foundation Museum Leadership Institute.  Mrs. Price has received honorary doctorates from Rutgers University, Drew University and Caldwell College, and has been honored by the government of Portugal for contributions to cultural diplomacy.  She and her husband, the historian Dr. Clement Alexander Price, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, live in downtown Newark’s historic Lincoln Park district.


About the Award

This annual award is in honor of a dear friend and champion of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Steven J. Diner, former Rutgers-Newark Chancellor. The Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates a long-term commitment to strengthening civil society through ethical leadership. In addition, the annual awardee names a nonprofit organization in Newark that receives a monetary prize.  This year Mary Sue Sweeney Price has chosen Saint Vincent Academy to receive the monetary prize. The Academy’s mission is to prepare urban women to be creative participants in society by empowering them with rigorous academic learning and life-enhancing Gospel teachings. This nurturing, disciplined community supports a culture of high expectations, a love of learning and the attainment of the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that promote personal and professional fulfillment.

To learn more about last year's award and recipient, click here.


Support this Award Today

Please consider making a contribution in support of the Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award, in honor of Mary Sue and for your commitment to Rutgers University and community engagement in the City of Newark.   A check to the Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award may be sent to:

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership
Steven J. Diner Ethical Leadership Award
1 Washington Park, 10th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102

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