Former MSUM president Roland Dille will be honored with the fourth Clay County Heritage Award, presented by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.
“Each year we select an individual or group who has done good work in preserving history and culture in Clay County,” said Maureen Kelly Jonason, executive director of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. Previous award-winners have been musician Bobby Vee, the Georgetown Community Affairs Committee and Concordia history professor Hiram Drache.
Dille was the longest-running MSUM president, serving from 1968 to 1994. While at MSUM, he co-founded Tri-College University, served as president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, was a member of the National Council of the Humanities and was acting chancellor of MnSCU.
In addition to his work at MSUM, Dille has served Clay County in many ways, including lobbying for the Hjemkomst Center to be built in 1986.
“As a long-time member of the (Red River Heritage) Society, he spoke for having the center built,” Jonason said.
He has contributed to the community as a long-time member of the Moorhead Rotary Club, a former board chair of the previous Moorhead Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a member of the boards of several historical societies, including the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.
The Clay County Heritage Award is not the first recognition Dille has received. At MSUM, his name has been given to the Roland Dille Center for the Arts, the Dille Fund for Excellence and the Roland and Beth Dille Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award.
To purchase tickets to the gala where the award will be presented, call 218.299.5511. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door or $320 for a table of eight.