Name: Michelle Johnson.
Position: Manager of operations for the Graduate Admission Office. Hiring and overseeing 30 casual employees who process several thousand applications a year. Organizing the distribution of applicant files to 40 academic departments and overseeing the daily operations of the office.
Quote: “Our office is very hectic at times, but to me that’s the best part of the job. I like getting to know the people we hire—we get to meet some very interesting and unique people from all walks of life.”
Other interests: Scrapbooking and teaching classes at the Scrapbook Nuk. Spending time with her husband, Scott, and taking rides with him on his Harley motorcycle.
Robert George, a political and legal scholar at Princeton, has been named the first recipient of the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.
George will be presented with the award on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C., by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), a nonprofit organization whose members include thousands of education leaders, alumni and trustees from colleges and universities nationwide.
The award was established to honor “individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of liberal arts education, core curricula and the teaching of Western civilization and American history,” according to an ACTA news release announcing the award.
“Professor George is an expert on the natural law tradition in moral and constitutional philosophy, and his books and articles have shaped the debate in this field,” the award announcement noted.
George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, is the author of “The Clash of Orthodoxies” (2002), “In Defense of Natural Law” (1999) and “Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality” (1993). He also has edited several other books.