Governor Recognized By University of Chicago as Distinguished Alumnus

by Dave on October 1, 2010

Governor Jack Markell will be recognized this weekend as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus in the Public Sector by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The winners were selected by groups of alumni in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Nominations were sought from the school’s 44,000 alumni.

“It’s a great school that gave me a strong foundation around what it takes to help business grow and prosper. Because I worked while I was enrolled, I was able to put into practice during the day the lessons I was learning at night,” Markell said. “It’s an honor to be recognized personally but I hope it also brings some attention to the work we’re doing in Delaware to support job growth. We are working hard to make our state the best place to start and grow a business and raise a family.”

Markell grew up in Delaware and graduated from Newark High School and later Brown University. He was working as a banker at First Chicago when he entered the Chicago Booth Evening M.B.A. Program. After graduating in 1985, he put his M.B.A. to work in a number of private sector roles, including as a consultant at McKinsey, an executive at Comcast, and as the 13th employee at Nextel – a company whose name he coined and whose business development efforts he helped lead.

“To improve our economy, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of people who create jobs, and it’s clear what they want. They want great public schools where they can send their kids and that graduate students ready to succeed when hired. They want a government that’s responsive and responsible and a climate that fosters innovation,” Markell said.

Markell was elected Delaware’s state treasurer in 1998 and was re-elected twice. When he was sworn in as Governor in 2009, he inherited a record budget shortfall, rapidly rising unemployment, and a stagnant economy. Since then, he has balanced two budgets, helped open shuttered manufacturing facilities, worked collaboratively with teachers and administrators to win President Obama’a Race to the Top competition for progress in public school reform, and signed new laws to drive improvements in the economy, environment, and education.

Also recognized were Glen Senk, chief executive of Urban Outfitters, as the Distinguished Corporate Alumnus; Mary Tolan, chief executive of Accretive Health as the distinguished entrepreneurial alumnus; and Kathryn Mikelis, executive vice president and chief financial officer of UAL Corporation, as Distinguished Young Alumnus.

The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business is a leading business school with an approach to management education that is distinguished by its rigor and practical applications to business challenges.

release from Governor’s Office

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