Roger B. Porter, assistant to President Bush for economic and domestic policy, has been named Brigham Young University's "Administrator of the Year."
Dale Wright, director of BYU's Institute of Public Management, announced the honor recently.The award is given annually to someone who demonstrates a high commitment to public service and high ethical standards, says Wright.
Porter received his bachelor's degree from BYU and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, receiving his bachelor of philosophy degree from Oxford University. He earned his master's degree and doctorate at Harvard University.
He was a White House Fellow from 1974 to 1975 and was appointed special assistant to the president. He served as the executive secretary of the president's Economic Policy Board from 1974 to 1977.
Porter has been on the faculty at the School of Government and Graduate School of Business at Harvard since 1977. He was appointed a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships by Gerald R. Ford in 1976 and was reappointed by Ronald Reagan in 1982.
He was IBM Professor Government and Business at Harvard and faculty chairman of the Program for Senior Managers in Government. He served as deputy assistant to the president and as director of the White House Office of Policy Development.
He was executive secretary of the Cabinet Council on Economic Affairs from 1981 to 1985. Porter is the author of two books, "Presidential Decision Making" and "The U.S.-U.S.S.R. Grain Agreement."
Past recipients include former Utah Gov. Cal Rampton; Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Council of the Twelve of the LDS Church; Elliot Richardson, a former U.S. attorney general; and former Utah Gov. Scott Matheson.