Fleishman to be Honored at Founders’ Day Convocation Oct. 1

Joel L. FleishmanDURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University will honor outstanding faculty, employees, alumni, students and trustees at its annual Founders’ Day Convocation at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in Duke Chapel.

Honorees at the ceremony, which is open to the public, include Joel L. Fleishman, who began his ongoing Duke career in 1971 as a law professor and director of what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy; Ernest Mario, a pharmaceutical industry executive and second-longest serving Duke University trustee (1989-2007); and Judy C. Woodruff, a veteran journalist and Duke alumna.

Fleishman will deliver the Founders’ Day address and, along with Mario, receive the University Medal for Distinguished Service, one of Duke’s highest awards. Woodruff will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

President Richard H. Brodhead will preside over the event, which takes place one day before the university’s Board of Trustees opens its fall meeting.

Fleishman began his career in 1960 as assistant to the director of the Walter E. Meyer Research Institute of Law at Yale University, the same year he received the LL.M. degree from the law school there. From 1961-1965, he served as legal assistant to North Carolina Gov. Terry Sanford, who became Duke’s president in 1969 and served until 1985.

Fleishman was the founding director of the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs (now the Sanford School of Public Policy), a position he held until 1983. He remains a professor of law and public policy studies. Fleishman directs Duke’s Heyman Center on Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions, and the Duke Foundation Research Program. His research interests include the accountability of nonprofits and foundations.

Founders’ Day celebrates the founding of the university and provides an opportunity each year for the university to reflect on its history and heritage and to recognize major contributions by students, faculty, administrators, employees and alumni.

This year’s occasion will mark the 108th anniversary of the first event honoring the Duke family at this institution. In 1901, when the school was Trinity College, the school held a Benefactors’ Day to pay tribute to university namesake, Washington Duke.

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