Northern Virginia Technology Council to Honor George Mason University President Alan Merten with Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award
Retiring GMU President to be Honored at TechCelebration Banquet on Nov. 14
HERNDON, Va., Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) today announced it will present the Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Alan Merten, president of George Mason University (GMU). The Earle C. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person whose lifetime personal and professional endeavors have made a significant impact on the Northern Virginia technology community. Dr. Merten, who is retiring from the GMU presidency in June 2012, will receive the award at NVTC’s TechCelebration Banquet on Nov. 14 at The Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Va.
During Dr. Merten’s 16-year career with GMU, the university has become the fastest-growing university in Virginia, with student enrollment climbing from 24,000 in 1996 to more than 32,000 today. GMU’s budget grew 400 percent, from $220 million to $880 million, and freshman applications grew more than 300 percent, from 5,500 to 17,600, during his tenure. The school has ranked in the Top 5 in U.S. News & World Report‘s list of up and coming universities four times and research awards have grown from $30 million to $130 million. Dr. Merten has served on NVTC’s Board of Directors since 2003.
“Dr. Merten has been a powerful advocate for collaboration between the university and the technology community and his contributions to educating the region’s technology workforce have been exceptionally valuable,” said Bobbie Kilberg, president and CEO of NVTC. “On behalf of NVTC, we are pleased to honor Dr. Merten for his accomplishments and his leadership in our community.”
To learn more or to register for NVTC’s TechCelebration Banquet, visit http://www.nvtc.org/events/geteventinfo.php?event=BANQUET-8.
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 200,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation’s leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; the Equal Footing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that serves local area youth; and The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC which mentors new technology entrepreneurs. Visit NVTC at www.nvtc.org.
SOURCE Northern Virginia Technology Council