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Board of Governors’ Chair, Brian Lamb, Receives 2023 Horatio Alger Award

Horatio Alger Association names 13 outstanding individuals, each of whom has overcome adversity to achieve professional and personal success, to its Member Class of 2023

TALLAHASSEE – Last week, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, awarded Board of Governors’ Chair, Brian Lamb, the prestigious Horatio Alger award.

“From a young age, my parents instilled in me a belief in the power of education and the importance of giving back to others,” said Mr. Lamb.  “I’m thrilled to be joining this outstanding organization which will allow me to continue to pass that message on to Horatio Alger Scholars, who will undoubtedly become the leaders of the next generation.”

Chair Lamb joined 12 other exceptional business, civic and cultural leaders across North America to receive 2023 honors.  For 76 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon esteemed individuals who have succeeded despite facing adversities and have remained committed to education and charitable efforts in their communities. 

The Award symbolizes the Association’s values, including personal initiative and perseverance, leadership and commitment to excellence, belief in the free-enterprise system and the importance of higher education, community service, and the vision and determination to achieve a better future.

“Over many years, Brian has been a passionate advocate of the power of higher education, working tirelessly to enhance access and expand opportunities for our youth,” said Eric Silagy, vice-chair of the Board of Governors.  “He is an impact player, much like he was on the basketball court, and while I know he never expects recognition for his hard work and commitment to helping others, it’s nice to see him receive this well-deserved national award.” 

“There isn’t anyone who more embodies the values of this highly esteemed recognition than Brian Lamb does,” said Alan Levine, chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee.  “His leadership within our State University System has left an indelible mark on the hundreds of thousands of students who benefit from his tireless leadership.   I’m proud to serve under his direction and more proud to call him a friend and an inspiration,” 

“Board of Governors’ Chair Brian Lamb sets an incredible example for our Florida university students to follow,” said Manny Diaz, Jr., Education Commissioner, and Board of Governors member.  “As a product of Florida’s education system, he is the embodiment of the of the values and principles of our state universities.  Congratulations to Chair Lamb on a well-deserved recognition.”


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About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans:

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles.  The Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members.  Horatio Alger Members support promising young people with the resources and confidence needed to overcome adversity in pursuit of their dreams through higher education.  Through the generosity of its Members and friends, in 2022, the Association awarded more than $16 million in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships to over 1,600 students across the United States and Canada, and provided college support and mentoring services to its Scholars.  By the 40th anniversary of the Association’s scholarship program in 2024, more than $259 million will be awarded in undergraduate, graduate, military veteran and career and technical education scholarships to more than 37,000 deserving students.  For more information, please visit