American University President Sylvia Burwell received the Elliot L. Richardson Prize for Excellence in Public Service presented by the National Academy of Public Administration at an awards ceremony on Feb. 13.
The Elliot L. Richardson Prize is presented on a biennial basis to individuals possessing the outstanding public service virtues exemplified by the late Mr. Richardson. An academy fellow, Richardson served in four cabinet-level positions in the U.S. government: secretary of health, education and welfare, secretary of defense, attorney general and secretary of commerce.
Burwell became American University’s 15th president in June 2017. She is the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2014-2017) and former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (2013-2014) during the Obama administration.