Our President, Annie Maxwell, was recognized and awarded the Bicentennial Alumni Award at the University of Michigan’s 2017 spring commencement for her work on global threats and commitment to addressing “wicked problems.”
This special award was created exclusively for the university’s 200th anniversary, honoring 20 people who who can inspire the university’s community through their outstanding ongoing work, and herald its future achievements, as well as its state, national, and global impact.
Susan M. Collins, the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, stressed Annie’s deep-seated values, stating: “Annie has spoken extensively about her belief that solving the world’s most vital challenges requires our full collective intelligence and creativity, which we can only catalyze by engaging diverse people and perspectives throughout the process,” says Collins.
Jennifer Niggemeier, director of graduate career services and alumni relations, recognized Maxwell not just for her professional accomplishments, but for her longstanding support for the next generation of policy leaders: “She’s been a mentor to so many Ford School students over the years…from developing internships to modeling the way for women in leadership. We are so proud that she will represent the Ford School during the university’s bicentennial celebrations.”
Other University of Michigan Bicentennial Alumni Award winners include, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who both recently won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the song “City of Stars” from the movie “La La Land.” Babak Parviz, the creator of Google Glass and former director at Google X. Christopher Paul Curtis, whose first book “The Watsons go to Birmingham,” won a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor.
The full announcement can be found at the link here: http://fordschool.umich.edu/news/2017/ford-school-alum-annie-maxwell-receive-u-m-bicentennial-alumni-award