Penn President Amy Gutmann to Receive 2015 Doer Award From Urban Affairs Coalition

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the 2015 Doer Award from the Urban Affairs Coalition Friday morning in Philadelphia.

The honor will be presented at the group’s 46th Annual Breakfast with the theme “Breaking Barriers, Building Coalitions.” Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor, will make the presentation. Mayor Michael Nutter will be among the city government officials in attendance. 

The honor recognizes Gutmann as “a person who has made things happen and who has created opportunity for all.”

She has been president of Penn since 2004, and in 2009 President Obama named her to chair the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She served as chair of the Association of American Universities in 2014-2015 and serves on the National Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences and on the boards of the National Constitution Center and the Vanguard Group.

Gutmann has been honored with the 2003 Harvard University Centennial Medal and the 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award. In 2011, she was named by Newsweek as one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World," and in 2014 she received the Anti-Defamation League’s Americanism Award.

Also being honored by the Urban Affairs Coalition at the Friday event is Trudy Haynes, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and community activist who will receive the 7th Annual Living Legacy Award.

In addition, Steven Scott Bradley, president and CEO of Bradley and Bradley Associates and chairman of the African American Chamber of Commerce, will receive the 15th Annual Community Leadership Award. 

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