American University President Neil Kerwin received the World Affairs Council's 2011 Educator of the Year Award at the Global Education Gala on Wednesday, March 9. WAC gives the award annually to an institution that represents outstanding leadership in international education.
Kerwin’s acceptance speech outlined the university’s dedication to international education and service. “On behalf of our international students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 140 nations, and the globally oriented U.S. students, faculty, and staff who attend and work at American University, I am honored to accept the Educator of the Year Award from an organization dedicated to strengthening worldwide connections and global bonds,” he said.
The gala featured a keynote address by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The WAC also honored Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer with the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award and the Intel Corporation and Foundation with the Global Education Award.
“Our Board is proud to recognize our distinguished honorees with our highest annual awards for their continuing dedication to the simple principle that we, all of us, and especially our young people, are better off if we have a deeper understanding of the world in which we live,” WAC-DC Chairman John Duff said.
Kerwin was previously honored as 2009 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine and was named to the inaugural Irish Education 100 List by the Irish Voice.
Past recipients of the Educator of the Year Award include former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and George Washington University President Stephen Knapp.