Washington, D.C. — Penn State President Graham Spanier was recognized on Friday (Oct. 24) for his leadership in national security. Spanier received the "Award for Excellence in Public Service" during a ceremony at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in the nation's capitol.
Spanier was lauded for his efforts to enhance cooperation between a broad range of government agencies involved in national security, intelligence, law enforcement and defense.
FBI Director Robert Mueller cited Spanier's work as the founding chair of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board and for Spanier's ongoing efforts to support and promote a greater understanding among the FBI, other government agencies and higher education. The National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, which consists of the presidents and chancellors of several prominent U.S. universities, was created in 2005 and is designed to foster outreach and to promote understanding.
"Dr. Spanier's vision, perseverance, patience and inspiring leadership have been indispensable in enhancing the partnership between the FBI and academe," according to Mueller's citation. "His professionalism and dedication have been without peer."
Spanier also serves as a member of the National Counterintelligence Working Group and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Naval Postgraduate School.