William J. Hybl to be honored with 2014 Community Enrichment Award

The Colorado Statesman

The Mizel Institute has named William J. Hybl, chairman and chief executive officer of El Pomar Foundation and president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the recipient of its 2014 Community Enrichment Award. Given annually to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to the community, the award will be presented at the 24th Annual Mizel Institute Dinner Gala on May 21, 2014, at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

“Hybl’s global connections have been impactful and reflective of a sound understanding of the importance of serving others,” said Larry Mizel, chairman of the Mizel Institute board of directors. “He was selected as the 2014 Community Enrichment Award honoree because of his exceptional leadership spanning a broad range of local and international accomplishments. As a founding contributor to the Mizel Institute and many other organizations in Colorado, he has represented the state — and country — graciously in his works.”

Throughout his life, Hybl has stood at the forefront of public service and civic engagement. For the past 40 years, he has served in several high level positions at El Pomar Foundation, and in 1989, he was elected chairman and chief executive officer. Under Hybl’s leadership, the Foundation has provided more than $450 million to date in grants for education, health care, the environment, amateur sports, human services and the arts throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Larry Mizel, chairman of the Mizel Institute board of directors, and William Hybl, chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation and the 2014 recipient of the Community Enrichment Award.
The Colorado Statesman file photo

El Pomar Foundation received the National Foundation of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1998, in recognition of its innovative grant making.

Hybl also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Endowment and as president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He was the Committee’s president from 1996–2000 and 1991–92, overseeing the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France; the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain; the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan; and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Hybl has served as chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008, and reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2011; U.S. Representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations from 2001–02; civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Colorado since 1986; member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1972–73; and special counsel to President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Hybl has also served on several executive boards of corporations, non-profits and educational institutions and received numerous prestigious awards and accolades for his significant contributions. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Kathy, and has two sons, William J., Jr. and Kyle, and six grandchildren.

As the 2014 Community Enrichment Award honoree, Hybl will join a list of distinguished past recipients that includes Pat Bowlen, Glenn R. Jones, Sharon Magness Blake, W. Dean Singleton, Norman Brownstein, Anna and John J. Sie, and Gov. John Hickenlooper.