President Receives Landmark Award for Public Service
President Shirley Ann Jackson was the inaugural recipient of the Council on Competitiveness America Competes Award for Public Service. She received the award at a dinner celebration on March 6, 2012, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
According to the Council, the America Competes Award for Public Service is given to “a leader who has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in America and abroad through public service and private sector outreach, and to those who show an extraordinary commitment to excellence and the American spirit. It is a rare individual who demonstrates this dedication by advancing the public dialogue across the worlds of scholarship, policy, and business.”
In accepting the award, President Jackson said, “I have a high regard for the value of public service. I also recognize the special obligations of scientists to bring their knowledge into the public arena. The key challenges of our times all have scientific and technological components. The only way that informed decisions can be made is if those of us who have the analytical skills, perspectives, and relevant facts participate at every level.”
Speaking about the importance of collaboration among business, academia, and government to address global challenges and to strengthen the global economy, President Jackson said, “We live in uncertain and, in many ways, difficult times, but I see great hope for our collective future, if we prepare the next generation, encourage investment in research, create cooperation across disciplines and sectors, and bring knowledge and thoughtful discourse to the challenges we face.”
General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt also was honored by the Council, receiving the America Competes Award for Corporate Leadership. The award is given to an individual who, throughout the course of his or her life and career, has demonstrated a commitment to working across the lines of business, academia, and politics for the betterment of the local, national, and global community.