Panetta Institute to Honor United States Senator Ron Wyden, Representative Mike Rogers and CNN Correspondent Barbara Starr at Annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards November 8
The fifteenth annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards: An Evening to Honor Lives of Public Service will be held November 8, 2014 at The Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach. This year’s honorees will be United States Senator Ron Wyden, United States Representative Mike Rogers and Pentagon Correspondent for CNN Barbara Starr.
“Washington continues to be beset with gridlock, but there are exceptions,” said Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta. “Senator Wyden and Congressman Rogers continue to serve with integrity and show that cooperation and fair-mindedness remain the best avenue to solving our country’s problems. Ms. Starr exemplifies the highest qualities of good journalism, providing clear and accurate coverage of our nation’s defense and military operations.”
The annual event honors policy makers and journalists whose work best exemplifies dedicated effort on behalf of the public good. The event is the Institute’s major fundraiser for the year, with monies raised going to support the Institute’s mission to inspire men and women to lives of public service.
Jefferson-Lincoln honorees are selected by a special committee consisting of former United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, former United States Representative Lee Hamilton, Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta.
For more information, call the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200.
Secretary Leon E. Panetta to be Honored With Distinguished William J. Donovan Award
Secretary Leon E. Panetta is scheduled to receive one of the nation’s highest honors, the William J. Donovan Award, which will be presented in October at the annual dinner of The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society in Washington, D.C.
The OSS Society celebrates the historical accomplishments of World War II’s OSS — the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency and United States Special Operations Forces — and educates the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence to our national security.
The William J. Donovan Award is named after the founder of the OSS, Major General William “Wild Bill” Donovan. General Donovan is the only American to have received our nation’s four highest awards, including the Medal of Honor. He served as an assistant United States Attorney General, the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, a personal advisor to President Roosevelt before and during World War II, and an assistant to the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
The William J. Donovan Award is given each year to an individual who has rendered distinguished service in the interests of the democratic process, the cause of freedom and has exemplified General Donovan’s tradition of public service.
Secretary Panetta joins a list of notable national figures who are past recipients, including Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush; Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; and CIA Directors Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, William Casey and William Webster; and Nobel Prize laureate and diplomat Ralph Bunche.
Secretary Panetta Tells ‘60 Minutes’ That Battle Against Terrorists Will Be a Long-Term Commitment
Former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta appeared on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” on September 21 to explain that the United States’ battle against the extremist group ISIS will not be finished anytime soon.
CBS News Anchor Scott Pelley asked Secretary Panetta how long it might take to destroy ISIS. Secretary Panetta said, “I think it’s going to take a long time. And, I think the American people need to know it’s going to take a long time.”
The interview with Secretary Panetta was one segment of an in-depth look at some of the recent territorial gains made by ISIS, as well as graphic scenes depicting the horrors that have been inflicted on the people of Iraq and Syria.
The 60 Minutes interview also gave a glimpse into Secretary Panetta’s upcoming book, “Worthy Fights,” in which the Secretary writes that he, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CIA Director David H. Petraeus and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey all urged President Barack Obama to arm moderate Syrians who had started a revolution against dictator Bashar al-Assad.
“The real key was how could we develop a leadership group among the opposition that would be able to take control,” said Secretary Panetta. “And my view was, to have leverage to do that, we would have to provide the weapons and the training in order for them to really be willing to work with us in that effort.”
Secretary Panetta discussed the president’s decision not to intervene, saying: “I think the president’s concern, and I understand it, was that he had a fear that if we started providing weapons, we wouldn’t know where those weapons would wind up. My view was: You have to begin somewhere.”
Asked whether arming rebels would have been effective, Secretary Panetta said: “I think that would have helped. And I think in part, we paid the price for not doing that in what we see happening with ISIS.”
In the interview, Mr. Pelley also asked Secretary Panetta about unrest in Iraq and the pullout of American troops in 2011. “It’s a tragic story,” he said. Rather than leaving Iraq, “I really thought that it was important for us to maintain a presence in Iraq. The decision was that we ought to at least try to maintain 8,000 to 10,000 U.S. troops there, plus keeping some of our intelligence personnel in place, to be able to continue the momentum in the right direction. And frankly, having those troops there, I think would’ve given us greater leverage on (former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki) to try to force him to do the right thing as well.”
Prime Minister Maliki, Secretary Panetta said, “had the opportunity to kind of hold all of this together. (But he) just turned on the Sunnis, fed into the historical sectarian divisions that have marred that country for centuries. And basically undercut and undermined the security force in Iraq and created, I think, the very ingredients that led to what we see today in Iraq.”
Secretary Panetta concluded: “We gave (Iraq) a chance. I mean, you know, nobody can guarantee that Iraq would be able to go in the right direction. But we gave them a chance. We gave them the tools. But instead, he turned to vengeance. And vengeance never pays off.”
Secretary Panetta Gives Keynote Address as Monterey County Reads Volunteers and Participating Schools Are Honored
A special celebration was held Friday, September 12 in recognition of 180 Monterey County Reads volunteers for their dedication in helping children achieve grade level literacy skills. These volunteers were honored alongside the forty elementary schools who welcome them into their classrooms and whose teachers and administrators help make the program possible.
This Volunteer and School Recognition Ceremony, held at the Monterey Peninsula College Marina Education Center, was in honor of volunteers’ dedication and outstanding work in helping local elementary school children improve their reading skills. They received certificates of recognition along with special pins. Participating schools also received a certificate honoring their important participation and support.
Providing the keynote address was Secretary Leon E. Panetta, chairman of the Panetta Institute and former Secretary of Defense. The ceremony also featured remarks from volunteers, teachers and school superintendents.
“America is at a crossroads,” noted Secretary Panetta. “We can either become a country in renaissance, or we can become a country in decline. If our nation and our democracy are going to thrive it is essential that we give our children the vital skill of literacy. The volunteers and schools recognized at this event are helping secure the success of our nation for this and future generations.”
Now in its eighteenth year, Monterey County Reads volunteers continue to work with children throughout Monterey County. These volunteers include parents, business owners, members of religious and service organizations as well as high school, college, university and military students, to name some. Volunteers receive training from literacy specialists, followed by on-site orientations before beginning regular one-to-one reading sessions with specially selected children in the early elementary grades. Since the program’s inception, more than 2,800 volunteers have read with 14,000 children for nearly 112,000 hours.
In April 2013, Monterey County Reads, along with the Leon Panetta Lecture Series student program, was selected to receive the Excellence in Education Award by the Monterey County School Boards Association. The program was recognized by the association to have a significant, transformative impact on students’ education and/or well being, and exceeding expectations in pursuit of addressing unmet student needs.
“Monterey County Reads is a tremendous example of the power of partnerships to improve our communities and protect the well being of our children,” explained Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia M. Panetta. “This program brings together members of the community from diverse backgrounds with schools and struggling young readers in order to give our youth the gift of literacy. We salute their commitment and hard work and recognize their service and accomplishment.”
At the conclusion of each semester, participating children receive a new storybook recognizing their efforts. Since 1997, Monterey County Reads has distributed more than 12,000 storybooks and to the children participating in the program. Nine hundred books were distributed in the 2013-2014 school year alone.
The Volunteer and School Recognition Ceremony is sponsored by the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the Monterey County Office of Education and the Monterey County Reading Association.
For more information, please call the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at 831-582-4200.
Research Fellows Program to Feature Four Guest Speakers and Institute Chairman Secretary Panetta
Four law-school students from the Santa Clara University School of Law are participating in the Panetta Institute’s fall 2014 Policy Research Fellows Program program, and five more will join the program in the spring 2015.
Fellows work on site at the Panetta Institute gaining first-hand experience and instruction in policy research and assisting the Institute with research and analysis on issues relevant to its work and mission. In addition, the Institute arranges special seminars with visiting speakers and experts from a variety of government agencies.
For the 2014 fall semester, four guest speakers will meet with the students for special discussions about issues currently facing public officials regionally, statewide and nationally. Speakers include Fred Keeley, former state assemblyman and current Santa Cruz treasurer; John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources and also a former assemblyman; Ryan Coonerty, Santa Cruz County supervisor-elect and former mayor of the city of Santa Cruz; and Drew Liebert, chief counsel to the California Legislature’s Assembly Judiciary Committee.
In addition, Secretary Leon E. Panetta will also meet with the four students as part of their course work at the Institute.
Among the many topics to be discussed are the national budget, bipartisanship, youth civic engagement, national service, energy, immigration, national security and healthcare.
Fellows work under the direction of Panetta Institute staff and attorneys. Following completion of the program, fellows receive academic credit for their work. Working with the fellows are Bill Daniels, a local attorney, Dr. Richard Kezirian, the Institute’s professor and senior program coordinator and Ellen Wilson, program coordinator.
The Policy Research Fellows Program started in 2006, and since then, fifty-five students have completed their semester of service, receiving academic credit from their host schools.
In Memoriam: Bob Antle, Panetta Institute Vice Chair
“Bob was a lifelong friend and supporter of the Panetta Institute,” said Chairman Leon E. Panetta. “He was a great force for good in agriculture and in the community. The success of the Panetta Institute is in large measure due to his leadership, loyalty and generosity.”
“Bob Antle was a key member of our board for so many years,” said Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta. “As a board member and chair of the nominating committee he gave us hour upon hour of his time, contributing his expertise in helping us to meet our goal of encouraging and preparing young people to enter into public service.”
More than 1,000 members of the community paid tribute to Mr. Antle at a memorial service on August 10 at the World Theater at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Secretary Panetta spoke about Mr. Antle in a deeply personal tribute at his memorial service by saying: “Bob had the compassion of a Democrat, the business sense of a Republican and the heart of a patriot.” He added: “He had big arms, a big smile and a big heart used to embrace life itself — his family, his community and his fellow human beings.” For the complete text of his remarks, click here.
Mr. Antle was co-chair of Tanimura & Antle, the Salinas-based grower and shipper company and was well known for his philanthropy in the Monterey Bay area.
A native of Watsonville, Mr. Antle graduated from Stanford University and shortly thereafter began working in his family’s lettuce business with his father, Bud, and his grandfather, Lester, in 1949. In 1966, he moved to the East Coast to establish the House of Bud, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler.
After the death of his father in 1972, Mr. Antle became chief executive officer of the Bud Antle companies. Six years later, those companies merged with Castle & Cooke, now Dole Food Co.
In 1982, Mr. Antle and his sons, Mike and Rick, formed Tanimura & Antle with George Tanimura and other Tanimura family members. The partnership joined the Antles’ packing and shipping expertise with the Tanimuras’ growing experience.
Mr. Antle was the recent recipient of the Grower-Shipper Association’s E.E. (Gene) Harden Award for “lifetime achievement in Central Coast agriculture.” This honor was given for his lasting and significant contributions to agriculture as well as his extensive and longtime generosity to many philanthropic and educational institutions and endeavors throughout the Monterey County community.
In 2009, Mr. Antle was awarded the Ben Heller Award by the Center for Community Advocacy for his courage and leadership in supporting farm workers. In 2013, the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts honored him with The Growing of Future Leaders Award.
Mr. Antle was also president of Southern Arizona Ranch Co. LLC,; president of Pinnacalitos Chalone LP; past president of the President’s Council at California State University, Monterey Bay; and founding president of Central Coast Water Quality Preservation, Inc. He also actively supported the University of Arizona. In March 2005, he was appointed to the California State Senate Commission of Agricultural Worker Housing & Health. He was a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from California State University, Monterey Bay, and the Community Foundation for Monterey County honored both Mr. Antle and his wife, Sue, with the 2010 Distinguished Trustee Award.
Mr. Antle is credited with several industry innovations, including the introduction of field-wrapped fresh vegetables in 1960; the development of distribution centers for wrapped lettuce and other source-packaged fruits and vegetables in 1965; and the production of crop transplants in 1970.
Mr. Antle is survived by his wife, Sue; two sons, Rick and Mike; two daughters, Kathy Della-Rose and Karen Hebl; a brother, Kenneth; and 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were August 11 at the World Theater, California State University, Monterey Bay. Contributions are preferred to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, 100 Campus Center, Building 86E, CSUMB, Seaside, California, 93955; the Bob Antle Scholarship Fund, c/o CSUMB 100 Campus Center, Seaside, California, 93955 or The Salvation Army of Monterey, 1491 Contra Costa Street, Seaside, California, 93955.
Sue Antle Named to Panetta Institute Board of Directors
Sue Antle, a longtime supporter of the Panetta Institute and a sponsor of many of the Institute’s programs, has been named to the Panetta Institute’s Board of Directors, Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta has announced.
“We are overjoyed to welcome such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic friend of the Institute to the board,” said Mrs. Panetta. “She has long been involved in many of our programs, particularly as a sponsor and advocate.”
Mrs. Antle and her husband have been key sponsors of both the Leon Panetta Lecture Series and the Jefferson-Lincoln Awards: An Evening to Honor Lives of Public Service. Mrs. Antle has also been involved with the Monterey County Reads program since its inception in 1997.
Mrs. Antle joins the thirteen-member board, which consists of local citizens who support the Institute’s mission as a nonpartisan study center advancing public policy and attracting thoughtful men and women to public service. Directors set policy and determine program direction. They also help in fundraising for Institute programs and projects.
Sylvia Panetta Honored by the American Association of University Women
The Monterey chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently honored Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta for her role in establishing a scholarship in her name for deserving students at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC).
For twenty years, scholarships have been awarded to students preparing to continue their education at a four-year college or university. Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence, and funds are distributed when the students show proof of enrollment at their university.
The event to honor Mrs. Panetta took place at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. Sharyn Siebert, co-president of the Monterey chapter of the AAUW, recalled how the scholarship came about: “In 1993, in honor of Mrs. Panetta’s lifetime commitment to education and her volunteerism in this area, the AAUW branch, the local chapter of League of Women Voters (LWV) and the County Commission on the Status of Women came together to establish a scholarship in her name at MPC.”
The scholarship was geared toward showing the diversity of Monterey County and it garnered support from the Japanese American Citizens’ League (JACL), the Italian Heritage Society, the Filipino Community Organization and the NAACP. As part of the presentation, Mrs. Panetta was given a commemorative booklet featuring scores of letters from students who benefited from the scholarship. The book will be added to the Institute’s archive.
Attending the event were Kaz Matsuyama of the JACL, Sharyn Siebert of AAUW, Dennis Mar of LWV and Mez Benton, who is affiliated with both the LWV and AAUW.
Secretary Panetta Throws Out First Pitch at AT&T Park Prior to Giants-Dodgers Faceoff
Secretary Leon E. Panetta, a longtime San Francisco Giants fan, took the mound at San Francisco’s AT&T Park and threw out the first pitch at a recent battle between the Giants and longtime rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After first donning his orange and black Giants hat and being introduced to a cheering crowd of more than 42,000 fans, Secretary Panetta strode out to the perfectly groomed mound and heaved his right-handed delivery toward the plate. For most Giants’ fans, that Panetta Pitch just might have been the highlight of the night. The Dodgers prevailed, 17-0.
Panetta Interns at Work in Congressional Offices; Educational Programs Continue
Participants in the sixteenth annual Congressional Internship Program, are in Washington D.C. and at work in Congressional offices after two weeks of intensive training at the Panetta Institute in August. In addition to their eleven-week Congressional assignments, interns also attend weekly seminars with a variety of government officials and other experts from a variety of disciplines.
“We are proud that our program has earned the reputation of being one of the finest internship programs in the nation,” says Secretary Leon E. Panetta.
To earn that reputation, the Institute prepares interns from twenty three CSU campuses, as well as Dominican University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California and Santa Clara University, by conducting extensive educational programs at the Institute, and then follows up with the unique seminars in Washington that supplement their on-the-job internships.
Former Vice President Dan Quayle was among the many government and political leaders to speak with participants at the sixteenth annual Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program, which got underway on August 10.
Secretary Panetta also briefed the interns while at the Institute, explaining how the United States has evolved over two centuries into its role as a global leader. “As we have found out over our history, if the United States does not provide leadership, no one else will.”
Secretary Panetta advised the interns on the importance of making decisions and being willing to take a risk — both in governance and in one’s personal life. “When you are afraid to make a decision or to take a risk,” he said, “that’s when you fail — and that’s when you fail to get things done.”
Interns are working full-time in the Congressional offices of the California delegation, for members of both parties. Their daily tasks may range from answering constituent phone calls and opening mail to conducting tours of the Capitol and attending hearings to take notes.
“These are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia M. Panetta. “The program helps prepare them right now to find ways to contribute to the public good.”
2014 Student Leadership Program Continues its Focus on Ethics and Compromise
A celebrated program for student body presidents and other elected student body officers from the California State University system and three private universities concluded its fifteenth session at the Panetta Institute this June. The diverse group of student leaders spent eight days at the Institute for the comprehensive program on leadership from experts in a variety of fields. An impressive list of leaders shared their experiences and their strategies for success with participants in the program.
Entitled Education for Leadership in Public Service, the program features workshops on strategies for ethical compromise, putting leadership theory into practice, insiders’ tips on successful management and achieving goals, understanding modern media, and tips on policy-making.
“Today’s youth and their ability of engage in our democracy and give back to their communities will determine whether America experiences a new Renaissance or becomes a nation in decline,” explained Institute Chairman Secretary Leon E. Panetta. “The work of the Panetta Institute is to educate and inspire young men and women to lives of public service. This seminar provides a foundation for principled leadership that these motivated young people can take back to their campuses, share with their fellow students, and apply to their future participation in our democracy.”
This year’s program included a panel discussion on policymaking at the local level featuring leading Monterey Bay area city officials, including Mayor Jason Burnett of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Mayor Joe Gunter of Salinas and city councilwoman and former mayor Hilary Bryant of Santa Cruz.
Also participating in this year’s program were three commanding officers from the USS Milwaukee, a combat ship recently launched at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin and christened by Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta earlier this year. The three officers coached students on building and leading a high-quality team.
Secretary Panetta spoke to the students about the key qualities of political leadership; how to put theoretical principles into practice and the lessons learned from his career in public service.
This special course was developed in 1999 by a blue-ribbon panel of public officials and academic leaders in response to the findings of the Institute’s national survey of college students, which showed alarmingly low levels of student interest in government and public service.
One student at the 2013 leadership program, Brianna Fennell of Dominican University, commented: “This week has expanded my knowledge, my speaking skills, my friendships and just changed me as a person. I will be forever grateful for this moment in my life.”
Leon Panetta 2014 Lecture Series Concludes with Special Two-Hour Event Featuring David Axelrod, Erskine Bowles, Andrew Card and Kenneth Duberstein
The final event in the Leon Panetta 2014 Lecture Series was held June 2 featuring David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama; Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton; Andrew Card, former chief of staff to President George W. Bush; and Kenneth Duberstein, former chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan.
Speaking to a sold out crowd, the four presidential advisors joined Institute Chairman and former Clinton administration Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta at the Monterey Conference Center for a discussion on “How Presidents Make Decisions — Leadership, Crisis, Politics and Trust.”
“The last 100 years have seen seventeen presidents making important decisions from the White House,” said Institute Chairman Leon E. Panetta. “What makes a president a strong leader, how does he deal with crisis and politics, and how does he maintain the trust of the people? I posed these questions to four of the top presidential advisors of the past thirty years.”
For a complete listing of the 2014 season click here.
Dr. Patrick Welton Named to Institute’s Board of Directors
Dr. Patrick Welton of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the CEO of the internationally known Welton Investment Corporation, has been named to the Panetta Institute’s Board of Directors, Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta has announced.
Dr. Welton joins the thirteen-member board, which consists of local citizens who support the Institute’s mission as a nonpartisan study center advancing public policy and attracting thoughtful men and women to public service. Directors set policy and determine program direction. They also help in fundraising for Institute programs and projects.
“Dr. Welton will bring to the board a deep knowledge of financial issues, mixed with his commitment to furthering the education and development of young people as they prepare themselves for careers in both the public and private sectors,” said Mrs. Panetta.
Welton Investment Corporation is an alternative investment company serving institutions, private banks and private investors around the world. As CEO, Dr. Welton oversees all internal departments at the corporation, with an emphasis on trading and risk management.
Dr. Welton attended the University of Wisconsin and received his doctoral degree in medicine and biophysics at UCLA. He did postdoctoral work at Stanford University in therapeutic radiology from 1987 until 1990. While still at Stanford, he founded Welton Investment Corporation with his wife, Annette Welton, in 1988.
Dr. Welton has served on committees for the Managed Fund Association and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association from 1997 to 2000. He has spoken at numerous conventions both in the United States and internationally, and has authored articles in a variety of publications focusing on alternative investments.
Dr. Welton currently serves as a Trustee investment committee chair of the Community Hospital Foundation and its California pension fund.
Panetta Institute Survey Shows Students Increasingly Disenchanted With National Leaders; Turning Inward From World Yet Interested in Elective Office
A new national survey for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy shows United States college students turning away from international issues and entanglements and increasingly dissatisfied with the country’s political leadership, yet more inclined than in the past to consider running for public office themselves, particularly at the state or local level.
Only 39 percent of students in the survey say they are satisfied with America’s political leadership while 60 percent are dissatisfied – a major shift from five years ago, at the start of the Obama administration, when 73 percent said they were satisfied with the country’s political leadership and 25 percent were dissatisfied.
At the same time, student interest in some day holding a federal elective office climbed to 29 percent in this year’s survey, up from 25 percent in 2012, and to 38 percent for running for state or local office, up from 30 percent two years ago.
The findings come from a study the Panetta Institute has commissioned in the spring since 1999, looking at U.S. college students’ views and attitudes on subjects ranging from their political preferences to their personal economic prospects to interest in public service, along with a variety of domestic and international policy issues.
“Like most Americans, college students appear to have grown weary of United States involvement in foreign conflicts and are reluctant to commit further resources to solving other countries’ problems,” says Institute Chairman Leon Panetta. “While they’re more interested in getting through school and finding a job, it’s important that they care about solving problems here and abroad.”
For more on the latest Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s National Survey, click here.
Institute Professor Honored With Monterey Peninsula College Foundation President’s Award
Dr. Richard Kezirian, senior program coordinator and professor at the Panetta Institute, has been named as the honoree of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation President’s Award for 2014.
He was recognized May 16 at the eighth annual President’s Address to the Community. Dr. Walter Tribley, superintendent/president of Monterey Peninsula College, presented a “State of the College” address highlighting the college’s successes and future plans at the event.
The program included the presentation of the President’s Award to Dr. Kezirian, in honor of his contributions to the community, as well as helping the college’s mission of providing educational opportunities to all. The event was held at the Monterey Conference Center.
At the Institute, Dr. Kezirian teaches and moderates Institute classes and conducts research for courses. As part of the Leon Panetta Lecture Series, Dr. Kezirian leads mid-week seminars for selected students and presents lectures during the afternoon student program for high school and university students. He also helps coordinate the Congressional Internship Program and Leadership Seminar and serves as moderator for classes in these programs as well as teaching some of the individual seminars.
Dr. Kezirian began his teaching career at MPC in 1971. He has also taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Naval Postgraduate School. Now professor emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College, he is the author of American History: Major Controversies Reviewed, a textbook that has been used at numerous colleges and universities. He has also written op-ed articles for many California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union, Fresno Bee and Monterey County Herald.
He was the recipient of the 1986 Allen Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching awarded by the Community Foundation for Monterey County and a three-time winner of the Monterey Peninsula College Honor Society’s Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Kezirian earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, all in the study of history, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The Monterey Peninsula College Foundation President’s Award was established in 2007 and awarded at the first annual President’s Address to the Community. From 2007 until 2013, seven awards have been given to outstanding individuals who are committed to education and have worked to further the interests of the college and the communities served by Monterey Peninsula College.
The selection committee is made up of recipients of the President’s Award, the executive director of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation, and the superintendent/president.
Young Monterey County Reads Volunteer Honored With Jefferson Award
Gabriel Howard, a Monterey High School senior whose service in the school’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) includes volunteering in the Panetta Institute’s Monterey County Reads program, has been honored with a Jefferson Award from television station KSBW for his work at Foothill Elementary School.
“The idea is service above self,” said Paul Tanks, NJROTC commander at Monterey High, “and Gabe epitomizes that.”
As a volunteer with Monterey County Reads, Mr. Howard volunteers by reading with students at Foothill Elementary School in Monterey. Most recently, he has assisted by reading to three first-graders at the school. Through the Monterey County Reads Program the Institute trains and places community volunteers throughout Monterey County. Volunteers receive training from literacy specialists, followed by on-site orientations, before beginning regular one-to-one reading sessions with specifically selected children in first through third grades.
“Gabe has been in the NJROTC for four years,” said Commander Tanks, “so I’ve watched him progress from a little kid no bigger than the kids he’s reading to all the way to a mature young adult.”
In addition to his volunteer work with Monterey County Reads, Mr. Howard serves at his church and in the Boy Scouts. He also is an assistant basketball coach at San Carlos School in Monterey. “I can’t even begin to name off all the organizations for which Gabe has volunteered,” said Commander Tanks.
The Jefferson Awards is a nationwide program which has 110 media partners in approximately 70 communities across the country. KSBW is among major local newspapers, television and radio stations that honor local volunteers. Six volunteers including Mr. Howard in the Monterey Bay area were selected by KSBW for the honor in 2014.
Sylvia Panetta Serves as Ship Sponsor as she Christens the USS Milwaukee; Command and Crew Hosted by Institute in Monterey
Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta recently christened the USS Milwaukee at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin, marking an important milestone for the United States Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) program.
Then, in March, eight crew members from the ship visited Mrs. Panetta and the Institute, first attending the Leon Panetta Lecture Series at the Monterey Conference Center and then visiting the Institute itself on the California State University, Monterey Bay campus.
Lecture Series moderator Secretary Leon E. Panetta introduced the command and crew to enthusiastic applause at the March 10 lecture. The next day, they met at the Institute for a luncheon, followed by a tour of the Institute with Secretary and Mrs. Panetta.
Three officers from the ship returned to the Panetta Institute in June for the annual Leadership Seminar, a program for student body office-holders from the twenty-three campuses of the California State University system and three private universities. The three speakers, CDR. Michael Brasseur, commanding officer, CDRs. David Adams and Ken Bridgewater, executive officers, coached students on building and leading a high-quality team.
“After our warm reception at the christening and launch of the USS Milwaukee,” said Mrs. Panetta, “It was a pleasure to host these fine young men and women here in Monterey. It is a true privilege to serve as the sponsor for the USS Milwaukee as it begins its journey of service and commitment to our powerful fleet,” she added. “I am proud to support the ship and its crew over the course of service as this vessel leads with strength and protects our freedom.”
The ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2015 following acceptance trials. At that time, Mrs. Panetta will participate in the ship’s formal commissioning ceremony, which will take place in Milwaukee.
Former Monterey City Manager Fred Meurer Joins Institute to Head Development of New Panetta Institute Center
Former Monterey City Manager Fred Meurer has joined the Panetta Institute to direct an initiative to create a new center for the Institute. Mr. Meurer will also guide the development program to help fund its construction.
The center is planned to be built on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay.
In announcing the appointment, Institute Chairman Leon E. Panetta said, “Fred Meurer was part of the initial concept development and fund raising effort that created California State University, Monterey Bay after the closure of Fort Ord. I believe that Fred can help Sylvia and me take the Institute to an expanded role in public service and policy development for the community and the nation.”
Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta noted that she and Secretary Panetta recruited Mr. Meurer to join the Institute because of a long-standing working relationship. “We have a very high level of trust and confidence in Fred’s technical, organizational and leadership abilities,” said Mrs. Panetta. “In addition to the technical skills Fred possesses, he has been a guest instructor/presenter for classes at the Institute in strategic planning, leadership, municipal finance and public administration. His passion for public service, coupled with his curriculum and teaching experience, will be very helpful in developing a new center to respond to the future requirements of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.”
Mr. Meurer recently retired from the City of Monterey after nearly twenty-eight years of service as the city’s public works director and city manager. While with the city, he was intimately involved with the planning and fund raising for the Monterey Sports Center and a later expansion of the Sports Center. He also managed the planning and execution of the construction of Window on the Bay Park, the Cannery Row garage, the recreation trail and a number of other projects in the city.
Prior to going to work for the City of Monterey, Mr. Meurer was the public works and housing director at Fort Ord. During his time at Fort Ord, he was responsible for the planning, construction and operations of all of the facilities at Fort Ord, the Presidio of Monterey and Fort Hunter Liggett.
“I am very excited to be returning to my roots at Fort Ord,” he said, “and to have the opportunity to be part of the Panetta Institute, working with Leon and Sylvia Panetta who understand leadership and share an exciting vision for the future.”
Mr. Meurer graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1966. He graduated from Stanford University with masters degrees in construction management and in water resource planning in 1971.
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