PPRA Gold Medal Award to Dr. Amy Gutmann, Penn President


Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania, To Receive Philadelphia Public Relations Association’s 2010 Gold Medal Award

University President Honored for Increasing Access to Higher Education and for Championing Civic Engagement with Communities both Domestically and Globally

— Bonnie Squires

The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) will honor Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania, with the organization’s 2010 Gold Medal Award on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Loews Philadelphia, Washington Room, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107.

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Helping PPRA honor Gutmann is event speaker David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania.  Invited guests include Governor Edward G. Rendell and Mayor Michael A. Nutter. The event’s theme is “Making History … Ben Franklin Would Approve.”

The PPRA Gold Medal Award honors individuals and organizations whose accomplishments leave a lasting impact on our community and bring national recognition to Philadelphia. As a Gold Medal recipient, Gutmann joins Ambassador Walter Annenberg, Governor Edward G. Rendell, former President of Drexel University Constantine Papadakis, 6abc’s Jim Gardner, author Lisa Scottoline, and nearly 60 other prominent individuals and organizations in the Philadelphia area.

“We are honoring President Gutmann because she is the standard to which all leaders in Philadelphia should be held,” said Beth Archer, president of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. “Whether she’s expanding Penn’s environmental commitment, or improving access to higher education for Philadelphians, she brings positivity to our region.”

As President of the University of Pennsylvania since 2004, Gutmann substituted grants for student loans for all eligible undergraduates and has increased undergraduate financial aid by 78 percent. She has recruited eminent, multidisciplinary teacher-scholars to Penn’s 12 schools; expanded Penn’s campus while increasing green space by 20 percent; and championed civic engagement domestically and globally.

A distinguished political philosopher, Dr. Gutmann has authored and edited 15 books and more than 100 articles and essays on ethics and public policy, deliberative democracy, and education.  

In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Previously, Dr. Gutmann served as Princeton University’s Provost, Dean of the Faculty, and founding Director of the University Center for Human Values.  

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Penn,” said Gutmann. “Local engagement is one of the cornerstones of our Penn Compact. Day in and day out at Penn, we act on the knowledge that the health and vitality of Penn is inextricably linked to that of Philadelphia. We work together with our Philadelphia neighbors and leaders to make both Penn and Philadelphia the best that we can be. I commend PPRA for consistently advancing leadership in our region.”

The PPRA Gold Medal event is co-chaired by Bonnie Squires, president of Squires Consulting and a Penn Alumna, and David Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager of WURD-AM.

The event committee also includes noted PR practitioners Sylvia Kauders, Sally Berlin, Lisette Bralow, Mark Tarasiewicz, Joan Gubernick, Michael Cavacini, Kera Walter, Meredith Avakian, and Megan Smith.

Registration for the Gold Medal event is $65 for PPRA members; $75 for nonmembers; and $650 for a table of ten, and can be purchased by visiting www.ppra.net or calling 215-557-9865.