2016 Charles W. Eliot Award
David Gergen is presented the Charles W. Eliot Award by Cameron Staples, President of NEASC on December 9, 2016.
David Gergen, professor of public service/co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and a senior political analyst for CNN, was presented with the Charles W. Eliot Award at the 131st Annual Meeting and Conference of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in Boston on Friday, December 9, 2016.
The Charles W. Eliot Award - named for the former president of Harvard University (serving from1869-1909) - was created in recognition and appreciation of the quiet contributions, the achievements both acclaimed and unknown, and the personal sacrifices made for the benefit of the public by the individual who is awarded the honor.
Following his keynote address during the final luncheon of the conference, Mr. Gergen was presented the award by Cameron Staples, President of NEASC. In his speech, Gergen touched on several topics relevant to educators that the presidential election has brought to the surface: charter schools, financial aid, post-truth, anti-intellectualism, and inclusiveness in college admissions to name a few. However, despite the uncertainty about the future of our schools that many educators are experiencing, Gergen urged the audience to, “stand up for the values of education in order to make the system work.”
Gergen went on to encourage the audience to not let current concerns blind them to the positive spirit of the new generation. Attendees were left with a message of hope and the idealism of our youth:
“I see the kind of idealism in our young people now that reminds me of the WWII generation. I do believe help is on the way.”