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Gottschalk, Reese-Hawkins Receive AU's Highest Awards

By Maralee Csellar

American University honored Thomas Gottschalk, vice chairman of AU’s Board of Trustees and counsel to Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Angie Reese-Hawkins, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, with two of the university’s most prestigious awards at this year’s President’s Circle Dinner on Thursday, October 23, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington.

Gottschalk, a member of the AU Board of Trustees since 1998, received the President’s Award.  The President’s Award is given to members of the AU community who have demonstrated extraordinary philanthropy and service to the university.  

Gottschalk, who served as executive vice president of General Motors (GM) between 2001 and 2007, has been a member of AU’s School of International Service Advisory Board since 2004.  The Washington, D.C., resident, joined GM as a senior vice president and general counsel in 1994. Before his appointment as general counsel at General Motors, Gottschalk was a partner and member of the management committee of the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., where he is now of counsel.

Angie Reese-Hawkins, a 1979 graduate of AU’s School of Communication, received the Cyrus Ansary Medal.  Named in honor of trustee emeritus and former board chair Cyrus A. Ansary, the medal recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to his or her profession, public service, and philanthropy at AU and in the broader community.  

During her 15-year tenure with the YMCA, Reese-Hawkins, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has served as chief operating officer, executive vice president, development director, regional vice president, and associate executive director of membership and communications. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington—which was founded in 1852—has 16 branches touching the lives of more than 250,000 people each year.  For more than 150 years, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been offering a safe haven for people to come together and nurture their spirits, minds, and bodies through its programs and services.