EUREKA — Glen Barton, former chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., is the recipient of the President’s Servant Leader Award from Eureka College.
Barton received the award from Eureka College President J. David Arnold as part of the annual Reagan Dinner on Feb. 5 at the college.
According to a press release from the college, “The award honors people from all spheres of leadership for their values of learning, service and leadership, which reflect the mission and core values of the college. The award is presented periodically to people locally, nationally and internationally who are role models of servant leadership.”
After retiring from Caterpillar in 2004, Barton led numerous fundraising efforts that transformed several institutions, including Eureka College, the Red Cross and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
“Servant leaders focus primarily on the well-being of the people they lead and the communities to which they belong,” said Arnold. “Glen Barton is exemplary in his service to the greater Peoria region, especially in the area of education where he was instrumental in the founding of the Quest Charter Academy and the creation of the Barton Fund at Eureka College.”
Barton is currently on the Board of Trustees of Eureka College and has supported mentorships, student service scholarships and teaching awards.
The Barton Fund, established in his honor, supports scholarship and mentorship opportunities at Eureka, including the Reagan Scholars, the Sandifer Mentorships and service scholarships.
In his retirement, Barton founded Quest Charter Academy, raising attention and resources to a new kind of educational experience serving the students of Peoria.
Past recipients of the award include Washington Mayor Gary Manier, retired Red Cross CEO and Eureka College Trustee Anne Fox, and Sister Judith Ann Duvall.