Derek Bok Public Service Prizes

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The Derek Bok Public Service Prize is one of the prizes awarded by Harvard University during the annual commencement which happens in May. The award which is a cash prize along with a citation, medal given to graduating Harvard Extension School students. It was established entirely by gifts from members of the Harvard Extension School Alumni Association. The award recognizes creative initiatives in community service or long-standing records of civic achievement.[1] All degree and certificate candidates in the Harvard Extension School are eligible for the prize in the year of their graduation.[2] The Harvard Extension School instituted the Derek Bok Public Service Prize which honors the former President of Harvard University Derek Bok for his interest in encouraging public service by all Harvard students.

Bok taught law at Harvard beginning in 1958 and was selected dean of the law school there (1968–1971) after Dean Erwin Griswold was appointed Solicitor-General of the United States. He then served as the university's 25th president (1971–1991), succeeding Nathan M. Pusey. In the mid-1970s Bok negotiated with Radcliffe College president Matina Horner the "non-merger merger" between Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges that was a major step in the final merger of the two institutions. Bok recently served as the faculty chair at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard, taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. After fifteen years away from the Harvard presidency, Bok led the University on an interim basis from Lawrence Summers's resignation on July 1, 2006, until the beginning of the tenure of Drew Gilpin Faust on July 1, 2007.[3]

Derek Bok Public Service Prize Winners[4]
Year of the Award Winner(s)
2002 Stephen Gendron

Michael Francis Maltese[5]

2003 Jane Catherine Eppley

Elaine Victoria Grey[6]

2004 Eileen Mary Weisslinger

Lucia Dentice-Clark

Ria Merrill Riesner[7]

2005 Carole Y. Rein

Brent J. Sakoneseriiosta Maracle[8]

2006 Betty King Cuyugan

Siza Mtimbiri

Oliver Orion Wilder-Smith[9]

2007 James E. Constable

Jennifer Leigh Tucker

Jeffrey W. White[10]

2008 Pierce Durkin

Roberto Guerra[11]

2009 Hilary J. Blocker

Melissa Ekin Kizildemir

David Lichter[12]

2010 Scott Michael Frasca

Diane Carol Hopson

Jonathan Igne-Bianchi

Macarena Morales Perez[13]

2011 Miranda Vitello[14]
2012 Nidal Al-Azraq[15]
2013[16] N/A
2014 David Joshua Havelick

David Robert Penn

Linda Powers Tomasso[17]

2015 Sowmyan Jegatheesan[18]
2016 Reima Yosif Shakeir[19]
2017 Laura Ann Buso

Shalhavit Simcha Cohen

Karen M. Hudson Lounsbury[20]

2018 Haili Cassaundra Francis

Enal Shawqi Hindi

Moshe Ohayon[21]

2019 Donald Thomas Parker

Ramakrishna Raju

Justin Henry Williams [22]

2020[23] Andrew Almazan Anaya[24]

Marilena Dania[25]

Bernadette O'Connell de la Flor[26]


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  11. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2008" (PDF).
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  15. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2012" (PDF).
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  17. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2014" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2015" (PDF).
  19. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2016" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2017" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2018" (PDF).
  22. ^ "Harvard - Prize Winners 2019" (PDF). Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-06-30. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
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  24. ^ "Andrew Almazan Anaya". Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  25. ^ "Marilena Dania". Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. 2020-06-24. Archived from the original on 2020-06-24. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  26. ^ "Bernadette Catherine O'Connell de la Flor". Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-06-10.