Napier Medal

2015 Napier Medalist

James Joseph, Ambassador, Ordained minister, Chaplain at the Claremont Colleges, Professor, Civil Rights Advocate.

We are happy to welcome Ambassador James A. Joseph back to Claremont. He has been a member of the Napier National Advisory Board from the inception of the program. His life-long record as a champion of human rights and social justice and distinguished civic leader amply merits his invitation to speak at this awards ceremony and receive the Napier Medal for 2015.

Committed to mentoring the next generation of civic leaders, Ambassador Joseph is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is also Leader-in-Residence of the Hart Leadership Program and founder of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He serves as Honorary Professor and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.

A graduate of the Yale Divinity School, he is an ordained minister, has taught at Yale Divinity School, and served as university chaplain at The Claremont Colleges. In the business world, he was a vice-president of Cummins Engine Company, the world's largest manufacturer of heavy-duty engines, and president of the Cummins Foundation. In the world of philanthropy, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Council on Foundations, an international organization of more than 200 foundations and corporate giving programs. He has served as chair of the Children's Defense Fund and as a member of the board of directors of the Brookings Institution and the National Endowment for Democracy, and as a member of the board of advisors of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Leadership Center at Morehouse College.

In the world of government, Ambassador Joseph has been appointed to senior executive or advisory positions by four U.S. Presidents, serving as Under Secretary of the Interior under President Jimmy Carter, and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa under President William Clinton. He was the founding chair of the Commission on National and Community Service that established AmeriCorps, and he was honored by the U.S. Peace Corps in 2010 for his life-long contributions to voluntarism and civil society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy for Public Administration. In 1999 the Republic of South Africa awarded Ambassador Joseph the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen of another country.

Among his writings are three books: The Charitable Impulse, Remaking America, and Private Virtue and the Search for Public Values.

 

 

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