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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

2015 Ceremony on October 22

Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University

To recognize exceptional leadership among persons who have devoted themselves to a life of public service, the School of Public Affairs annually grants the Roger W. Jones Award to two federal career executives who have demonstrated the values promoted by Roger W. Jones. More than 70 distinguished executives have been recognized since the university initiated the award 38 years ago.

2015 Ceremony

We are pleased to have recognized the following leaders at the 2015 ceremony:

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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 will deliver 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

Robert Cleary
Emeriti Faculty
American University

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



Application (2015 Nominations Process Closed)


Previous Awardees