Ilchman‐Richardson Award


Ilchman-Richardson Award recipient David Plack (second from left) with with Acting Assistant Secretary for ECA Mark Taplin (left), LRE Chair Skyler Arndt-Briggs (second from right) and LRE Founder Richard Arndt (right) at the 2017 ECA Awards Ceremony

The Ilchman‐Richardson Award, instituted in 2007, recognizes a domestic employee of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), of the U.S. State Department, who has made significant contributions in the management of American cultural diplomacy, while leading and mentoring others. The award is named in appreciation of two former ECA Assistant Secretaries. After her tenure at ECA, Alice Ilchman, formerly Dean of Wellesley College, became the Associate Director of USICA and USIA (1979‐81) and then the President of Sarah Lawrence College, before becoming chair of the board of the Rockefeller Foundation; until her death in 2006, she directed the Jeanette Watson Fellowships. John Richardson, after years in corporate law, investment banking and Radio Free Europe, became Assistant Secretary for State/ECA (1968‐77); he then headed Youth For Understanding and chaired the boards of the U.S. Endowment for Democracy and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

This year’s Ilchman-Richardson Award for a Civil Service employee supporting educational and/or cultural programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) went to David Plack, Senior Advisor for Policy and Academic Programs. Over the past dozen years, no single individual has done more to create new international educational initiatives; to engage with Congress for funding of special academic exchanges; and to uphold the U.S. national interest in complex negotiations that ensure our higher education institutions’ ability to compete internationally. David is renowned for his work ethic and intellect and unfailingly shares his expertise and helps to educate colleagues about the values, premises and processes of ECA’s work.

For a complete list of recipients of this award, please consult Ilchman-Richardson Award Recipients.