The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University has named Jacqueline Grennan Wexler as the 1990 International Executive of the Year.
Wexler is the president of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, a nationwide human relations organization with offices in 75 cities. She is the first public-sector administrator to receive the award since its establishment in 1974."It is gratifying to me that a woman of Jacqueline Wexler's stature is receiving this year's International Executive of the Year (award)," said K. Fred Skousen, dean of the Marriott School.
He continued, "Mrs. Wexler is an outstanding administrator who has influenced positively the way America looks at higher education and who, more recently, has become known for her contributions to interfaith relations, social justice and human rights."
Elder David B. Haight, a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will present the award at a dinner honoring Wexler on Friday, Oct. 19, during the school's National Advisory Council fall meeting. The council helps the Marriott School in the nomination and selection process. Wexler will present a lecture at the dinner.
In addition to offering her talents as an educator and communicator, Wexler has served as president of Hunter College of the City University of New York and of Webster College in suburban St. Louis, Mo.
As president of Hunter College from 1969 to 1979, she guided the school through the political and economic pressures of student demonstrations, open admissions and the fiscal crises of New York City.
Serving as president of Webster College from 1965 to 1969, she and her Lorettine sisters gained national exposure for their curriculum and educational revolution. She was helpful in guiding the college through its change in government from a religious order to a lay board of trustees.
Wexler has been a public speaker and writer as well as a syndicated radio commentator. She has lectured and written on a wide range of issues, including abortion, school prayer and the Moral Majority.