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The College Board Medal of Distinction presented to Lois Rice, in memoriam

 

The College Board Medal of Distinction was established by the Board of Trustees in 1975 to recognize individuals who have provided national leadership and service in the advancement of educational opportunity and who have demonstrated commitment to the principles reflected in the mission of the College Board. This year, the College Board is honored to bestow the award on Lois Dickson Rice.

 

 

Lois Dickson Rice

Lois Dickson Rice was intelligent, creative, and a passionate advocate for opportunity. A scholar and leader, Rice spent her career working tirelessly to create access for all students. She served as vice president of the College Board and director of our Washington office, where she played a critical role in the development, passage, and implementation of the Pell Grant Program and other federal efforts to improve the participation of underrepresented students in higher education. She was a member of several commissions, including the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education and President Bill Clinton’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. She was chair of the visiting committee to the African American studies program at Harvard University. She earned a BA from Radcliffe College and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Columbia University.

Accepted by Susan Rice and John Rice

Ambassador Susan Rice

Ambassador Susan E. Rice served President Barack Obama as National Security Advisor and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

John Rice

John Rice is the Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT).

Welcome Remarks

Carmen Fariña

Chancellor, New York City Department of Education 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:30–5:45 p.m.

Speakers

John B. King Jr.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
11 a.m.–noon

John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of the Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that identifies and closes educational opportunity and achievement gaps. King served as U.S. secretary of education in the Obama administration. Prior to that, King was deputy secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P–12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. King joined the department following his post as New York State Education education Commissionercommissioner. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.

Clay Pell

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
11 a.m.–noon

Clay Pell is practitioner in residence at Brown University's Swearer Center for Public Service, focusing on national security and public policy. He previously served as deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education at the U.S. Department of Education. Pell graduated first in his class from the Coast Guard Direct Commission Officer School, earned his JD from Georgetown University, and graduated from Harvard University with high honors in social studies and a citation in Modern Standard Arabic. He speaks English, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. He’s a practicing attorney, a member of several nonprofit boards, and continues to serve as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.

John Rice

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
11 a.m.–noon

John Rice is the Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national nonprofit organization that equips underrepresented minorities with the skills, coaching, and relationships required to become high-impact leaders in corporations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial ventures. Serving more than 6,000 students and professionals nationwide, MLT is a leading source of minority talent at its blue-chip partner companies as well as at the nation’s top MBA programs.

John received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA with honors from Yale, where he was a three-year starter on the basketball team. He resides in the Washington D.C. area with his wife Andrea and two young children, Mateo and Kiki.

J. D. Vance

Thursday, October 26, 2017 
4:30–5:45 p.m.

J. D. Vance is the author of The New York Times No. 1 best-selling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. He grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Ky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and recently signed on as a CNN political contributor. Vance lives in Ohio with his wife and two dogs.