Roger Parkinson, publisher of the Star Tribune from 1983-1992, was awarded an “Award of Distinction” from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Parkinson, who was later publisher of the Toronto Globe and Mail, has been a long-time member of the Humphrey School Dean’s Advisory Council.
Some of his other Minnesota achievements include:
- Helped arrange the 1990 visit of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev
- Chairman of the 1990 Olympic Festival
- Co-chairman of the 1985 All Star Baseball game committee
- Member of the Minnesota Super Bowl Committee
- Member Minneapolis and the St. Paul United Way boards
- Board member of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, the Minneapolis Downtown Council, and the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra
- Trustee of the University of Minnesota Foundation
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler presented the award Wednesday for Parkinson’s “service to the world community and the University community.” Kaler said Parkinson “has been an extraordinary citizen and role model of civic engagement.”
According to University officials, Parkinson said: “This really is a special honor, coming as it does from such a wonderful university in such a wonderful state.”