Cryus Ansary Award

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The Cyrus Ansary Medal is one of the University's highest volunteer honors.

Since 1990, the Medal has been awarded at an annual President's Circle dinner, a gathering of the University's most generous donors.  Named for Mr. Ansary, CAS/BA '55, AU trustee emeritus, former board chair, community leader, and president of Investment Services International, the Medal is awarded to a member of the American University community who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to public service and philanthropy at AU and to the broader community, as well as for recognized professional accomplishments.

Esther Benjamin, SIS/MA '92, CAS/MA '95, was awarded the Cyrus Ansary Medal by AU President Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71 (left) and Board of Trustees chair Gary Abramson, SPA/BA '68.

Esther Benjamin, SIS/MA '92, CAS/MA '95, was awarded the Cyrus Ansary Medal for her extraordinary accomplishments in public service, and her expertise and dedication to improving human conditions through global development initiatives.She was presented the award by AU President Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71 (left) and Board of Trustees chair Gary Abramson, SPA/BA '68.

Recipients of the Ansary Medal include AU alumni, trustees, volunteers, and community leaders who set high standards for achievement and serve as role models to American University's students and alumni.

Recipients of the Cyrus Ansary Medal

  • 1990 - Helen Palmer Kettler* and David Lloyd Kreeger*
  • 1991 - Sylvia Greenberg, Jack Kay, and Eric A. Friedheim*
  • 1992 - Robert P. Kogod
  • 1993 - Edward Carlough Jr.*
  • 1994 - Sheldon W. Fantle*
  • 1996 - Michael R. Forman
  • 1997 - Sondra D. Bender
  • 1998 - J. Willard Marriott Jr.
  • 2006 - Alan L. Meltzer
  • 2007 - Kermit A. Washington
  • 2008 - Angie L. Reese-Hawkins
  • 2009 - Esther T. Benjamin

* Deceased

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