CARE president, U.S. senator to receive top alumni honors

Two graduates of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs who have dedicated their careers to public service have been selected as the 2003 recipients of the University's top honors for alumni.

Peter Bell, president of CARE USA, and William Frist, U.S. senator from Tennessee, will receive their awards and deliver addresses on campus during Alumni Day activities on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Bell, who earned his MPA in international affairs from Princeton in 1964, will receive the James Madison Medal. Named for the fourth president of the United States and the person many consider Princeton's first graduate student, the medal was established by the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and is given each year to an alumnus or alumna of the Graduate School who has had a distinguished career, advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved an outstanding record of public service.

Frist, who specialized in health care policy and earned his A.B. from Princeton in 1974, has been chosen for the Woodrow Wilson Award. The honor is bestowed annually upon an undergraduate alumnus or alumna whose career embodies the call to duty in Wilson's famous speech, "Princeton in the Nation's Service." Also a Princeton graduate, Wilson served as president of the University and as president of the United States.

On Alumni Day, Bell will present a lecture titled "Where the End of Poverty Begins" at 9:15 a.m.

Frist will speak on "The Floor of the U.S. Senate as the Operating Theater: Is Transplanting Ideas Any Different From Transplanting Hearts?" at 10:30 a.m.

Both lectures will be open to the public in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.

The full story is available in a news release.