Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, one of the most accomplished American statesmen of his generation, will be honored at the annual Boston College Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner on April 26 in New York City, where he will receive the President’s Medal for Excellence.
During his career, Mitchell served as a federal judge, Senate Majority Leader and a U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, and was independent chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, which resulted in the historic Good Friday Agreement. Mitchell also has played a pivotal role in the development of Boston College’s alumni, parents and friends in Ireland and has introduced future American leaders to Ireland and Northern Ireland through the Mitchell Scholarship Program. The author of five books, including A Path to Peace (2016), Mitchell is chairman emeritus of the global law firm DLA Piper.
Some 550 people are expected to attend the event, which over the past 29 years has raised more than $30 million for the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College, an extraordinary honors program that combines rigorous course work, community service, international experience and internships. Nearly 375 Gabelli Presidential Scholars have studied at BC, earning some of the most prestigious academic awards, among them Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Beckman scholarships and Fulbright grants.