Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 30, 2013
Tuesday night, American University’s School of Public Affairs presented its annual Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership to David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Brian J. Persons, Assistant Deputy Chief, Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N9B), United States Department of the Navy.
“David Bray and Brian Persons’ government service epitomizes leadership and improving the quality of government services for Americans. They mentor and instill upon the future generations of employees the drive to find solutions and efficiencies without sacrificing high standards or quality,” said Barbara Romzek, dean of American University’s School of Public Affairs. “We challenge our students as they embark on their future careers to emulate these two outstanding individuals.”
Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, Daniel Werfel, who is responsible for collecting $2.4 trillion in tax revenue and managing 90,000 employees delivered the keynote address,"Public Service Careers in a Challenging Environment."
Since 1978, the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership has recognized public servants in the federal government whose careers are marked by extraordinary effectiveness in organizational development and a strong commitment to training and educating managers and executives. In appreciation for his/her outstanding service, each recipient receives $2,500.
Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission
Dr. David A. Bray sees opportunities to build solutions, consensus, and coalitions where others see problems. Dr. Bray served as the executive for innovation, integration, and interoperability for the Office of the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment from October 2010 to August 2013. During this time, Bray was also detailed as an executive director supporting the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community. From 2000-2005, Bray held key positions at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, where he oversaw the nation’s technological response to national emergencies including 9/11, anthrax attacks in 2001, the SARS epidemic and monkeypox outbreak in 2003. In August 2013, he assumed a new role as chief information officer for the Federal Communications Commission.
Brian J. Persons, Assistant Deputy Chief, Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N9B), U.S. Department of the Navy.
Brian J. Person’s is known for balancing his technical expertise with strategic vision. In his current role in the Navy, Persons is the principal adviser to the chief of naval operations on warfare requirements and integration of naval warfare systems. His portfolio includes programs with an annual funding level of $90 billion. As executive director of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) from 2009-2012, Persons supervised more than 58,000 employees. Persons led the Research and Systems Engineering Competency, a group composed of some 20,000 scientists and engineers, when he served as the executive director for the Naval Systems Engineering Directorate.
Roger Jones and the School of Public Affairs
The award is named for Roger W. Jones (1908–1993), a leader in federal government for more than four decades. Jones served as chairman of the Civil Service Commission, deputy under secretary of state for administration, and senior consultant and special assistant to the director, Bureau of the Budget. His service was distinguished by his ability to lead change based on the belief that government can mobilize human talents to accomplish goals.
Founded in 1934 and ranked among the top schools of its kind, American University’s School of Public Affairs offers education on the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels in the fields of government, justice, public administration, public policy, and organizational development.
The School of Public Affairs engages faculty and graduates who are active in global policy legislation and advocacy. The school is home to research centers and institutes in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice. It is the only school of its kind with three accredited degrees—the MPA, MPP, and Executive MPA—by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs.
American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.