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Clay Johnson to Deliver Keynote Speech at Roger W. Jones Awards Ceremony

American University’s School of Public Affairs to Honor Outstanding Government Service

WHO: Clay Johnson, deputy director for management, Office of Management and Budget
 
Thomas A. Betro, director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Theresa M. Whelan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs

WHAT: American University’s School of Public Affairs 31st Annual Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, November 17

WHERE: Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University 
            4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS:  Free and open to the public. RSVP: rogerjonesaward@american.edu

MEDIA:  Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or hussey@american.edu

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Clay Johnson, deputy director for management in the White House Office of Management and Budget, will deliver the keynote speech, “An Insider’s Guide to Presidential Transitions,” at American University’s School of Public Affairs 31st Annual Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Kay Spiritual Life Center.  A reception will follow the ceremony in the Katzen Arts Center.

The 2008 recipients of the Roger W. Jones Award, presented to two federal career executives who have demonstrated the same commitment to excellence, leadership, and professional development as the man for whom this award is named, are:

  • Thomas A. Betro, director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • Theresa M. Whelan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs

In its 31st year, the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership recognizes public servants in the federal government whose careers are marked by extraordinary effectiveness in organizational development and a strong commitment to training and educating managers and executives. David M. Walker, former comptroller general of the United States, chairs the selection committee, which is composed of distinguished government executives, including former Comptroller General Charles Bowsher. 

The award is named for Jones (1908–1993), a leader in federal government for more than four decades.  Among his appointments, he served as chairman of the Civil Service Commission (1959–1961), deputy under secretary of state for administration (1961–1962), and senior consultant and special assistant to the director, Bureau of the Budget (1962–1975).  His service was marked by the ability to lead change based on the belief that government can mobilize human talents to accomplish goals.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

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