2011 McGovern Award - Kevin Jennings
Without question, this year’s award recipient is in extraordinary company…and he belongs there. Physiology and Health Science is honored to present the 2011 McGovern Award to Kevin Jennings.
Kevin Jennings is the chief executive officer of Be the Change, a nonprofit that creates national issue-based campaigns on pressing problems in American society such as economic opportunity and public service.
From 2009–2011 Jennings served as assistant deputy secretary of education, heading the office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Jennings led the Obama administration’s anti-bullying initiative, which culminated in March 2011 with the White House conference on Bullying Prevention keynoted by President Obama.
Jennings began his career as a high school history teacher. He served as the faculty advisor to the nation’s first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Concord (Mass.) Academy. In 1990, he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization working to make schools safe for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. He holds a BA from Harvard, an MA from Columbia, and an MBA from New York University. He has
authored six books, with his latest being Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir.
The Lecture entitled Bullying: an Education and Health Crisis was attended by over 300 people.