Named in honor of Alvah H. Chapman Jr., former chairman of Knight-Ridder media and one of South Florida’s most influential philanthropic and civic leaders, The Chapman Leadership Honors provides recognition to individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions in business leadership and community building. The honoree is a distinguished, transcendent leader who is making a difference within their organization and in the communities they serve.
At this event, the Center for Leadership presents The Transcendent Leader Award to an individual who has championed a cause that benefits our community and society at large. The awardee also presents the keynote address at the event.
The Chapman Honors is proudly presented by the Center for Leadership at Florida International University with support from its Board of Advisors and community partners.
About Alvah H. Chapman Jr.
Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. was one of South Florida's most influential business leaders for thirty years, responsible in many ways for Miami's emergence as an international business center. A third-generation newspaperman, he came to Miami in 1960 to work for Knight Newspaper. He helped take the company public in 1969 and was the leading architect of the 1974 merger that created Knight Ridder in Miami. Chapman became chief executive officer of the company in 1976 and chairman in 1982. He retired as chairman in 1989 yet continued to serve on their board until 2000. During his tenure, corporate revenue tripled and The Miami Herald won 33 Pulitzer Prizes.