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Whig-Clio to honor Shultz for public service, Nov. 9

Princeton alumnus and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz will be presented with the 2004 James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service by the American Whig-Cliosophic Society during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in McCosh 10.

As part of the event, Shultz will give an address on "Ideas and Action." The ceremony is open to the public.

The James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service is a longstanding tradition and the highest distinction bestowed by the Whig-Cliosophic Society. Past recipients include Supreme Court Justices Earl Warren and Sandra Day O'Connor, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, President Bill Clinton and Sen. William Frist.

"It is an honor to present this year's James Madison Award to fellow Princetonian Secretary George Shultz," said Princeton sophomore Elizabeth Linder, director of the Whig-Clio Speakers Program. "Secretary Shultz's service to our nation unquestionably represents the Madisonian ideals encompassed by the award."

Founded in 1765, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society is the nation's oldest literary, political and debating society and claims among its early members James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and the person many consider Princeton's first graduate student.

A member of Princeton's class of 1942, Shultz has combined academics and government service in a long and distinguished career.

After earning his Ph.D. in industrial economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shultz served as a member of President Eisenhower's Council of Economic Advisers. He also was a faculty member and dean at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Appointed U.S. secretary of labor in 1969, he went on to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget and secretary of the treasury and to chair the Council of Economic Advisers under President Nixon.

In 1974 Shultz left government to become president and director of the Bechtel Group for eight years. He also taught at Stanford University until appointed secretary of state by President Reagan in 1982. In this position for seven years, he played a key role in implementing foreign policy that brought about the end of the Cold War and the development of strong relationships between the United States and countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

After leaving office in 1989, Shultz became director and senior counselor at Bechtel, professor of international economics at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution. In January 1989 he was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 1971 Princeton presented him with its Woodrow Wilson Award, given annually to an alumnus in recognition of distinguished achievement "in the nation's service."

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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