WASHINGTON, DC – Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, received the 2015 Friday Medal, presented by the Friday Institute at North Carolina State’s College of Education, at a ceremony on November 16. The Friday Medal honors significant, distinguished, and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing education, and imparting inspiration.
“I’m extremely honored to receive this award,” said Wise, shown in the image above with Dr. Glenn Kleiman, executive director of the Friday Institute. “The Friday Institute continually demonstrates an incredible ability to connect research, policy, and practice to improve educational outcomes, and is a true leader in educational technology. The Institute played a critical role in the launch of the Future Ready Schools initiative, helping school districts across the country plan to use technology in a systematic way. Preparing all students for a successful future means meeting students where they are; the technology and innovations developed, pioneered, and piloted at the Friday Institute allows us to do that.”
Former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., a former recipient of the Friday Medal, made special remarks during the ceremony.
“He’s a wonderful leader,” said Gov. Hunt. “If this medal has ever been given to anybody who has worked their head off, and changed education, and kept pushing … this man is the epitome of that. I am so proud of him. West Virginia and North Carolina and all the states of America are so proud to have him.”
In recognition of the commitment of Bill and Ida Friday to educational excellence, the College of Education’s William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation created the Friday Medal, given annually to those who embody the mission and spirit of the Friday Institute.
View the full Friday Medal ceremony here.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org.
Future Ready Schools is a project of the Alliance, learn more at futurereadyschools.org.