UDC News

January 19, 2010


Founders' Day Awardees Announced

Washington, DC - The University System of the District of Columbia today announced the 2010 recipients of its prestigious Founder’s Day awards. The awardees are as follows:

Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department – Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Emily Durso, President, Hotel Association of Washington – Distinguished Leadership Award

Dr. James Williams, Superintendant of Schools, Buffalo, New York – Distinguished Educator’s Award

Mr. Clarence Pearson, Chair, Department of Architecture, University of the District of Columbia – Paul Phillips Cooke Award

These individuals were chosen from among several nominations of people who represent the definition of leadership and distinction among public servants and education professionals in Washington, DC and the country.

An awards ceremony is planned for Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the UDC Auditorium. Master of Ceremonies this year is Mr. Bob Madigan of WTOP Radio. Mr. Madigan, widely known for his “Man About Town” segments, is a well-known veteran of Washington radio. His photo and bio are available here: http://wtop.com/?nid=78&sid=598766

For more information, please contact the number listed below or view the Founder's Day Website.


The University System of the District of Columbia is the only accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. Member institutions include: the University of the District of the Columbia, offering Bachelors and Masters Degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; The David A. Clarke School of Law, consistently rated one of America’s best public interest law schools; and the Community College of the District of Columbia, offering two-year Associate’s Degree and certificate programs. CCDC serves students by integrating workforce preparation, employability skill development, quality education and remediation, and continuous lifelong learning. As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System supports a broad mission of education, research and community service.

The only urban land-grant institution of higher learning in the nation, the University System of the District of Columbia is committed to offering the highest quality education in a way that is accessible to all. Visit our website: www.udc.edu.

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371