President Mark D. Gearan has been invited to be an inaugural member of the Civility Award Committee at Allegheny College. The institution recently announced the launch of its Civility Award, which seeks to honor elected officials who showed authentic, courageous civility in an important moment and/or those who have demonstrated steadfast respect for opposing points of view throughout their career.
Nominations are currently being accepted for this inaugural award.Two awards will be given each year – one to a Republican and one to a Democrat.
The Civility Award Committee is a diverse and prominent committee comprised of individuals from the public service, elected office, communications and business sectors, including American Council on Education President Molly Corbett Broad; Jones Day Partner Tony Dias; Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr.; and former Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge, among others. The committee will make recommendations to Jim Mullen, Allegheny College President. Then, Mullen and Allegheny College will determine the two winners who will be announced in Washington, D.C. later this year.