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SPA: Public Administration
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The Roger W. Jones Award

Recognizing public servants whose careers are marked by extraordinary effectiveness.

Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership

Call for Nominations

Since 1978, American University School of Public Affairs has honored more than 70 federal career executives in SES positions for their exception public service and dedication to the work and goals of government. Each year a distinguished panel selects two individuals for their demonstrated capabilities in the areas of leadership and commitment to effective continuity of government.

The nomination process for the 2016 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership is now open. Nominate an executive leader for this honor, and show them their contributions to good government are valued.

2016 Roger Jones Nomination

2015 Ceremony

The 2015 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership ceremony was held in the Katzen Arts Center on October 22, 2015. The following federal career executives were honored at this event:

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R.J. Holley
Special Agent in Charge
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Chicago Field Office

Nina PelletierAU Profile
Assistant Inspector General for the Evaluation and Inspections Division
Department of Justice, Office of the
Inspector General 


Keynote Speaker

Reginald F. Wells delivered the 2015 Roger Jones Award Ceremony keynote speech. Read more about him here.

Dr. Reginald Wells

Dr. Reginald Wells
Chief Human Capital Officer
Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources

Social Security Administration

Roger W. Jones Selection Committee

Mortimer Downey, Chair
Senior Advisor
Parsons Brinckerhoff

David Chu
Institute for Defense Analyses

Patrick Malone
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs
American University

David Pekoske
Group President
National Security Group A-T
Solutions Inc.

Barbara Romzek
Dean, School of Public Affairs
American University

Charles Rossotti
Senior Advisor
The Carlyle Group

Gwen Sykes
U.S. Secret Service

Robert Tobias
Business Development, Key Executive Leadership Programs
American University

2016 Ceremony

Save the Date

November 10, 2016, 7:00 PM

Abramson Family Recital Hall
Katzen Arts Center
American University