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Former ambassador, HUD secretary receives Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship Medal

  • President Thomas J. Haas and Ambassador Carla Hills pose for a photograph in the lobby of the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.
  • From left: Gleaves Whitney, David Hooker, Carla Hills, John Kennedy, Thomas Haas
  • Carla Hills speaks from the podium

Posted on July 14, 2017

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills was presented with the Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship Medal by President Thomas J. Haas and Hauenstein Center Director Gleaves Whitney on July 13. 

The medal is one of the highest honors the university can convey. Hills was awarded the medal following her William E. Simon Lecture in Public Affairs, celebrating President Gerald R. Ford's 104th birthday, at the Ford Presidential Museum.

Hills served as President Ford's HUD Secretary (the third woman to hold a cabinet position) and also served as an assistant attorney general in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. 

She has also served as a professor at UCLA's law school and is currently the chairman and CEO of Hills & Company International Consultants.

The Hauenstein Fellowship Medal recognizes the extraordinary life of the center's namesake, Ralph Hauenstein, and is intended to recognize public servants who exemplify the service and leadership that Grand Valley State University seeks to inspire in its students and graduates.

Previous recipients of the Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship Medal include: President Gerald R. Ford (posthumously), Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State James A. Baker, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, Ambassador John Beyrle, and Admiral James M. Loy.

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