LAWRENCE — The Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas will present the 2017 Dole Humanitarian Award to the founder of Love Publishing during a ceremony April 7 at the Dole Institute of Politics.
The award recognizes Stan Love posthumously for his work as an independent publisher. His company championed the opportunities for students with disabilities through its leadership in making transformative textbooks on special education available.
The award ceremony will start at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“We acknowledge the role that Stan has played as a publisher bringing to life the work of many accomplished authors and researchers,” said Elizabeth Kozleski, chair of the special education department. “Without his contributions, much of the work that we have done would not have been shared so widely.”
During his more than 50 years in publishing, Love formed personal relationships with authors and encouraged them throughout their careers. He took the time to understand the landscape of the field of special education, and he would spot emerging issues and evidence that he was eager to advance through the array of published books. He died Dec. 17, 2016.
The Dole Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals with connections to the state of Kansas whose efforts have enhanced the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.
The inaugural Dole Humanitarian Award was presented in 2008 to native Kansan and former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole in recognition of his lifetime of distinguished public service to the disability community. Additional former recipients of the award include Ross and Marianna Beach, Richard Schiefelbusch, as well as Gene and Gretchen Budig.
The top-ranked Department of Special Education housed in the KU School of Education, a nationally ranked school preparing educators as leaders.