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Academy of Achievement: Golden Plate Recipients 1993-2007
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The Golden Plate Award is presented annually since 1961 by the Academy of Achievement to approximately 25 guests of honor at the International Achievement Summit.

Chosen by the Academy's Awards Council and other distinguished authorities, these men and women of exceptional accomplishment in the sciences, professions, business, industry, arts, literature, sports, entertainment, and public service are acclaimed ... not as winners, but as "representatives of the many who excel."

This page presents a selected list of honorees from the years 1993 through 2007. Honorees from other years can be found at the links below, along with a Summary of Golden Plate Recipients grouped by decade and field of endeavor.

Selected Honorees: 1961 - 1976
Selected Honorees: 1977 - 1992
Complete List of Honorees: 2008 - 2012
Summary of Golden Plate Recipients


Class of 1993


Russell Baker
Recipient of Two Pulitzer Prizes

Kathleen Battle
Soprano

Deborah Butterfield
Sculptor

Raymond G. Chambers
Financier and Philanthropist

Betty Comden
Musical Comedy Author

Pat Conroy
Author

Marian Wright Edelman
Children's Defense Fund

Rene G. Favaloro, M.D.
Pioneer, Coronary Bypass Surgery

Zachary Fisher
Developer and Philanthropist

John Grisham
Author

John R. Horner
Paleontologist

Jerry Jones
Super Bowl Championship

Wynonna and Naomi Judd
Country Music

Henry W. Kendall, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
Genetics

Charles Kuralt
Broadcast Journalism



Sherry Lansing
Motion Picture Production

J. Bruce Llewellyn
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Rudolph A. Marcus, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Thomas McGuane
Novelist and Journalist

N. Scott Momaday, Ph.D.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Agnes Nixon
Television Hall of Fame

Christopher Parkening
Classical Guitarist

Thomas J. Pritzker
Financier and Philanthropist

Sumner M. Redstone
Global Television Network

Dr. Robert H. Schuller
The Crystal Cathedral

Vincent J. Scully, Ph.D.
Architectural Historian and Teacher

Robert A.M. Stern
Architecture

Twyla Tharp
Dancer and Choreographer

E. Donnall Thomas, M.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

James D. Wolfensohn
Financier and Patron of the Arts

Hon. R. James Woolsey
Director of Central Intelligence

Capt. John W. Young, USN
Astronaut


Class of 1994


Judy Blume
Best-Selling Children's Author

Art Buchwald
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Humorist

Dale Chihuly
Master Glass Craftsman

Jerry Colangelo
Sports Entrepreneur

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Human Genome Project

Francis Ford Coppola
Filmmaker and Screenwriter

Jan Davidson, Ph.D.
Education Software Entrepreneur

Robert De Niro
Internationally Honored Actor

Rita Dove
Poet Laureate of the United States

Dominick Dunne
Best-Selling Novelist

Michael D. Eisner
Entertainment Executive

Harrison Ford
Motion Picture Actor

David Foster
Producer, Arranger and Composer

Whoopi Goldberg
Actress and Activist

David Halberstam
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist



Bruce T. Halle
Retailing

Jon M. Huntsman
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Donna Karan
Fashion Design

Story Musgrave, M.D.
Astronaut

John Napier
Theatre Design

Ralph J. and Brian L. Roberts
Telecommunications

Richard J. Roberts, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

Judith Rodin, Ph.D.
President, University of Pennsylvania

Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, USA
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Carlos Slim Helú
Teléfonos de México

Michael Smith, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

George F. Smoot III, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Lesley Stahl
Broadcast Journalism

Jackson T. Stephens
Financier and Philanthropist

Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Astronaut and Oceanographer

Bernie Taupin
Songwriters Hall of Fame


Class of 1995


Norman R. Augustine
Industrialist and Public Servant

James MacGregor Burns, Ph.D.
Pulitzer Prize for History

Hon. George H.W. Bush
41st President of the United States

Benjamin S. Carson, M.D.
Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Patricia D. Cornwell
Best-Selling Novelist

Bill Cosby
Entertainment

Kenneth J. Feld
Entertainment Entrepreneur

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ph.D.
Education and Literature

Frank O. Gehry
Architecture Gold Medal

Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court of the United States

Donald J. Hall
Hallmark Cards, Inc.

I. Michael Heyman
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

Lady Bird Johnson
Congressional Gold Medal

Tom Johnson
Journalism and Media

Mike Krzyzewski
Collegiate Basketball Champion

James M. McPherson, Ph.D.
Pulitzer Prize for History



Jerome H. Lemelson
Inventor and Philanthropist

Peggy Noonan
Author and Columnist

Sir Trevor Nunn
Theatrical Direction

Tom Osborne
Collegiate Football Coach

Arnold Palmer
Athlete of the Decade

Rosa L. Parks
Civil Rights Activist

Martin Rodbell, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

Terry S. Semel
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Martha Stewart
Multi-Media Lifestyle Empire

Joseph H. Taylor, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Sir Alex J. Trotman
Chairman, Ford Motor Company

Mike Wallace
Broadcast Journalism

Tim D. White, Ph.D.
The Dawn of Humanity

Heather Whitestone
Inspirational Miss America

Richard Wilbur
Two Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry

Robin Williams
Comedian, Actor and Activist

Lanford Wilson
Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Bob Woodward
Investigative Reporter


Class of 1996


Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Former Mayor of San Francisco

Douglas G. Carlston
Educational Software

James H. Clark, Ph.D.
Technology Entrepreneur

Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D.
Educator and Historian

Sam Donaldson
Broadcast Journalism

John Hope Franklin, Ph.D.
Educator and Historian

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D.
Pulitzer Prize for History

Amy Grant
Gospel and Pop Music Singer

Gilbert M. Grosvenor
National Geographic Society

John Guare
Award-winning Playwright

Peter E. Haas
Levi Strauss & Co.

Dorothy Hamill
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Scott Hamilton
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

William A. Haseltine, Ph.D.
Biotechnology

Gordon B. Hinckley
Religion

James Earl Jones
National Medal of Arts

Herbert D. Kelleher
Founder, Southwest Airlines Co.

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Motion Picture Production



Larry King
Broadcasters' Hall of Fame

Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC
Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

Richard Meier
Architecture

Mario J. Molina, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Nathan P. Myhrvold, Ph.D.
Computer Technology

George A. Olah, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Martin L. Perl, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

F. Sherwood Rowland, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

R.L. Stine
"Goosebumps" Series

Picabo Street
Downhill Ski Race Champion

Amy Tan
Best-Selling Novelist

E. Parry Thomas
Banker and Civic Leader

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
Biologist and Entrepreneur

Lillian Vernon
Mail-Order Entrepreneur

Kent R. Weeks, Ph.D.
Egyptology

Prof. Elie Wiesel
Nobel Prize for Peace

Katarina Witt
Olympic Gold Medalist

Robert Zemeckis
Motion Picture Production


Class of 1997


Leon D. Black
Financier and Investor

Hon. Stephen Breyer
Supreme Court of the United States

Barbara Pierce Bush
Advocate of Family Literacy

Gerhard Casper, Ph.D.
President, Stanford University

Robert F. Curl, Jr., Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Peter C. Doherty, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

David Herbert Donald, Ph.D.
Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Lawrence J. Ellison
Information Technology

Gloria Estefan
Pop-Music Superstar

Richard L. Garwin, Ph.D.
National Medal of Science

Vince Gill
Country Music

Daniel S. Goldin
Space Exploration

James H. Goodnight, Ph.D.
Computer Software

F. Warren Hellman
Financier and Investor

John S. Hendricks
Founder, The Discovery Channel

Ron Howard
Motion Picture Production

Stanley S. Hubbard
Direct Broadcast Satellite



Coretta Scott King
Pioneer of Civil Rights

A.B. (Buzzy) Krongard
Finance and National Security

David M. Lee, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Thomas H. Lee
Financier and Philanthropist

Drayton McLane, Jr.
Entrepreneur and Sportsman

Pete M. Nicholas
Medical Technology

François Michelin
International Manufacturing

Joyce Carol Oates
National Book Award

Robert C. Richardson, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Baseball All-Star

Cokie Roberts
Broadcast Journalism

Jerry I. Speyer
Real Estate Development

Bert Vogelstein, M.D.
Molecular Genetics

Patrick C. Walsh, M.D.
Prostrate Cancer Surgeon

Sanford I. Weill
Financier and Philanthropist

Edward E. Whitacre, Jr.
Telecommunications

William Julius Wilson, Ph.D.
Sociology

Edward Witten, Ph.D.
Theoretical Physicist


Class of 1998


Stephen E. Ambrose, Ph.D.
Biographer and Historian

James A. Baker III
Presidential Medal of Freedom

Paul D. Boyer, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Gertrude L. Boyle
Sportswear Entrepreneur

David Breashears
Filmmaker and Mountaineer

Eli Broad
Financier and Civic Leader

James Cameron
Master Storyteller and Filmmaker

Hon. Richard B. Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States

Steven Chu, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Gen. Wesley K. Clark, USA
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander

Michael Dell
Founder, Dell Computer Corp.

David A. Duffield
Computer Software

Morgan Freeman
Master Screen Craftsman

Millard and Linda Fuller
Founders, Habitat for Humanity

Agnes Gund
National Medal of Arts

Thomas O. Hicks
Leveraged Acquisitions

David Ho, M.D.
AIDS Research

Joseph R. "Pitt" Hyde III
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist



Nannerl O. Keohane, Ph.D.
President, Duke University

Jeong H. Kim, Ph.D.
Communications

James V. Kimsey
Founder, America Online

William L. Mack
Real Estate Development

Barry Marshall, M.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

L. Lowry Mays
Broadcaster and Philanthropist

Robert Pinsky, Ph.D.
Poet Laureate of the United States

Lee R. Raymond, Ph.D.
Petroleum Industry

Gen. Henry H. Shelton, USA
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Carol Shields
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Donna Shirley
Mars Exploration Program

Sen. Alan K. Simpson
Legendary Political Career

Frederick W. Smith
Founder, Federal Express Corp.

Barry S. Sternlicht
Real Estate Investments

Hon. Ted Stevens
United States Senate

Hon. George J. Tenet
Director of Central Intelligence

Alice Waters
Culinary Revolution

Andrew Weil, M.D.
Integrative Medicine

Ian Wilmut, Ph.D.
Pioneering Genetic Research


Class of 1999


H.E. Valdas Adamkus
President of Lithuania

A. Scott Berg
Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Keith L. Black, M.D.
Pioneering Neurosurgeon

David Bonderman
Financier

Stephen M. Case
Chairman, America Online

Georges Charpak, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D.
National Medal of Science

Judah Folkman, M.D.
Pioneering Cancer Research

Shelby Foote
Novelist and Historian

Aretha Franklin
Queen of Soul

Robert F. Furchgott, Ph.D.
and Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

Howard Gardner, Ph.D.
Multiple Intelligences

John D. Gearhart, M.Sc., Ph.D.
and James Thomson, V.M.D., Ph.D.
Human Stem Cell Research

H.E. Bronisław Geremek
Statesman and Historian

Katharine Graham
Pulitzer Prize for Biography

H.E. Árpád Göncz
President of Hungary

Grant Hill
Basketball All-Star

Amb. Richard C. Holbrooke
Diplomacy

Holly Hunter
Academy Award-winning Actress

Charles Krauthammer
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

Eric Lander, Ph.D.
Molecular Genetics

Robert B. Laughlin, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics





Alfred Lerner
Financier and Sportsman

Kathleen and William Magee, M.D.
Founders, Operation Smile

Kurt Masur
Legendary Conductor

Red McCombs
Entrepreneur and Sportsman

Frank McCourt
Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Gen. Robert F. McDermott, USAF
Business and Military Service

William D. Phillips, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones
First Balloonists to Circle the Globe

Steven Pinker, Ph.D.
Cognitive Neuroscience

Abe Pollin
Sportsman and Philanthropist

Gen. Joseph W. Ralston, USAF
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander

Lord Martin Rees
Astronomer Royal

Joseph E. Robert, Jr.
Real Estate Investments

Pleasant T. Rowland
Creator of "American Girl"

Janet Davison Rowley, M.D., D.Sc.
National Medal of Science

George F. Russell, Jr.
Investor and Philanthropist

Michael J. Saylor
Software Entrepreneur

Stephen A. Schwarzman
Financier and Philanthropist

José F. Serrano Segovia
Mexico's Transportation Network

Lenny Wilkens
Basketball Hall of Fame

Trisha Yearwood
Country Music "Vocalist of the Year"

Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Publishing and Real Estate


Class of 2000


Christiane Amanpour
Broadcast Journalism

Sir Roger Bannister
Athletics and Medicine

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.
Real Estate Investments

Hon. Benazir Bhutto
Former Prime Minister, Pakistan

Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.
and Carol Greider, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

Baruch Samuel Blumberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

Baron Browne of Madingley
Chief Executive, BP

Gustavo Cisneros
International Media

Clive Davis
Music Industry

Gururaj (Desh) Deshpande, Ph.D.
Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur

Sir David Frost
Broadcaster and Commentator

Arthur Golden
"Memoirs of a Geisha"

Hon. Mikhail Gorbachev
Nobel Prize for Peace

Sue Grafton
Mystery Writer

Lauryn Hill
Singer and Songwriter

Jeremy Irons
Academy Award for Best Actor

Gen. James L. Jones, USMC
Commandant, United States Marine Corps

Justin Kaplan
Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Vinod Khosla
Venture Capitalist

Sir Aaron Klug
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Raymond Kurzweil
National Medal of Technology



Ricardo Legorreta
Architecture Gold Medal

Maya Lin
Artist and Architect

Alfred E. Mann
Medical Technology Entrepreneur

Edna O'Brien
Novelist

Pierre Omidyar
Founder and Chairman, eBay

Dean Ornish, M.D.
Preventive Medicine

Peter Raven, Ph.D.
Conservationist and Biologist

George Rathmann, Ph.D.
Biotechnology Revolution

Baron Robertson of Port Ellen
Secretary General of NATO

Lord Jacob Rothschild
Financier and Philanthropist

Salman Rushdie
Author

Oliver Sacks, M.D.
Neurologist and Author

Frederick Sanger, Ph.D.
Nobel Prizes in Chemistry

Ruth J. Simmons, Ph.D.
President, Brown University

Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.
Computer Software

Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.
Defense Attorney Extraordinaire

Gerard 't Hooft, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Sir John Vane
Nobel Prize in Medicine

H.E. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
President of Latvia

Hon. Lech Walesa
Nobel Prize for Peace

John Williams
Award-winning Composer

Ahmed Zewail, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize for Chemistry


Class of 2001


Hon. Ehud Barak
Former Prime Minister, Israel

George F. Bass, Ph.D.
Underwater Archaeologist

Gary S. Becker, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Economics

Frank A. Bennack, Jr.
President, Hearst Corporation

Jeffrey P. Bezos
Founder and CEO, Amazon.com

J. Carter Brown
National Gallery of Art

Col. Eileen Collins, USAF
First Female Space Shuttle Pilot

Garth Fagan
Broadway Choreographer

Hon. Bill Frist, M.D.
United States Senate

Ernest J. Gaines
Award-winning Novelist

John L. Hennessy, Ph.D.
President, Stanford University

Peter M. Holt
Owner, San Antonio Spurs



Tracy Kidder
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Herbert Kroemer, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Thomas E. Lovejoy, Ph.D.
Conservation Biologist

Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.
Marine Ecologist

Lynn Margulis, Ph.D.
National Medal of Science

Ernst Mayr, Ph.D.
Evolutionary Biologist

Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Jeremiah Ostriker, Ph.D.
Provost, Princeton University

Dan Rather
CBS News Journalist

James E. Rogers
Broadcaster and Philanthropist

Roger W. Sant
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

James E. Stowers, Jr.
Investor and Philanthropist

Lt. Michael E. Thornton, USN
Medal of Honor


Class of 2002


Zhores Alferov, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

H.R.H. Bandar Aziz
Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the U.S.

Chuck Berry
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bono
Musician and Activist

Alberto Cairo
Afghanistan's "Angel of Mercy"

Hon. William J. Clinton
42nd President of the United States

Hon. Richard M. Daley
Mayor of Chicago

Enya
Grammy Award-winning Musician

Xingjian Gao
Nobel Prize in Literature

Paul Greengard, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

John Hume
Nobel Prize for Peace



H.E. Hamid Karzai
President of Afghanistan

Hon. Henry Kissinger, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize for Peace

Sir Harold Kroto
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Frank P. Lowy
Developer and Philanthropist

H.E. Lennart Meri
President of the Republic of Estonia

Hon. George J. Mitchell
Presidential Medal of Freedom

Sir Paul Nurse
Nobel Prize in Medicine

H.E. Andres Pastrana Arango
President of the Republic of Colombia

Jose Ramos-Horta
Nobel Prize for Peace

Gil Shwed
Security Software Pioneer

Peter D. Sutherland
Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

Rt. Hon. David Trimble
Nobel Prize for Peace


Class of 2003


H.E. José Maria Aznar Lopez
President of Spain

Hon. Hillary Clinton
United States Senate

Hon. Tom Daschle
United States Senate

Maestro Plácido Domingo
Internationally Acclaimed Tenor

Bob Dylan
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
National Medal of Science

Mikhail Fridman
International Oil and Banking Entrepreneur

Thomas L. Friedman
Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting

Hon. Rudolph Giuliani
Former Mayor of New York City

Donald E. Graham
The Washington Post



Baroness Susan A. Greenfield
Director, Royal Institution of Great Britain

Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.
Biomedical Engineering

Leonard A. Lauder
Patron of the Arts

Hon. Trent Lott
United States Senate

Hon. John McCain
United States Senate

H.E. Shimon Peres
Nobel Prize for Peace

Franklin D. Raines
Chairman, Fannie Mae

Hon. Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court of the United States

Amb. Robert S. Strauss
Law and Public Service

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Nobel Prize for Peace

H.E. Alvaro Uribe Velez
President of the Republic of Colombia


Class of 2004


H.M. King Abdullah
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Alexei A. Abrikosov, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Dame Julie Andrews
Legend of Stage and Screen

Maria Asunción Aramburuzabala
Mexico's Brewing Empire

Emilio Azcárraga Jean
International Multimedia Empire

John N. Bahcall, Ph.D.
Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society

Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City

Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Co-founders, Google Inc.

Santiago Calatrava
Gold Medal for Architecture

José Carreras
Internationally Acclaimed Tenor

Maureen Dowd
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

Carlos Ghosn
Chairman, Renault and Nissan



Emmylou Harris
Musician and Humanitarian

Hon. J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

Martha Ingram
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

B.B. King
"King of the Blues"

Alan G. Lafley
Chairman, Procter & Gamble

Mike Lazaridis
Developer of the BlackBerry

Meave E. Leakey, Ph.D.
Pioneering Paleoanthropologist

Hon. John Lewis
Champion of Civil Rights

Norman Mailer
Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist

H.E. Yoweri Museveni
President of the Republic of Uganda

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate
Academy Award-winning Producer

Sally Ride, Ph.D.
First American Woman in Space

Sir John Sulston
Nobel Prize in Medicine

John Updike
Two Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction


Class of 2005


H.M. Queen Rania Al-Abdullah
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Edward Albee
Three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama

Richard B. Axel, M.D. and Linda B. Buck, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

Yogi Berra
Baseball Hall of Fame

Sir John R.H. Bond
Chairman, HSBC Holdings

Aaron Ciechanover, M.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Katie Couric
Co-Anchor, "The Today Show"

Dr. Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Prize for Peace

Sally Field
Two Oscars for Best Actress

John Fogerty
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Michael J. Fox
Actor and Activist

Hon. Alberto R. Gonzales
U.S. Attorney General

David J. Gross, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Carolina Herrera
First Lady of Fashion

Susan J. Hockfield, Ph.D.
President, MIT



John Irving
National Book Award

Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy
Supreme Court of the United States

Bernard Kouchner, M.D.
Founder, Doctors Without Borders

Hon. Norman Y. Mineta
U.S. Secretary of Transportation

H.E. Festus G. Mogae
President of the Republic of Botswana

Prof. Toni Morrison
Nobel Prize for Literature

Itzhak Perlman
Virtuoso of the Violin

Paul Rusesabagina
Hero of "Hotel Rwanda"

Tim Russert
Moderator, "Meet the Press"

John E. Sexton, Ph.D.
President, New York University

Stephen Sondheim
Award-winning Composer and Lyricist

Hon. Lawrence H. Summers
President, Harvard University

H.E. Abdoulaye Wade
President of Senegal

Denzel Washington
Oscar for Best Actor

Frank Wilczek, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

Tom Wolfe
America's Master Novelist


Class of 2006


James L. Balsillie
Developer of the BlackBerry

Hon. William T. Coleman, Jr.
Presidential Medal of Freedom

Chris Columbus
Film Producer and Director

Sheryl Crow
Singer and Songwriter

Richard Dawkins, Ph.D.
Evolutionary Biologist

Daniel C. Dennett, Ph.D.
Philosophy of Science

Joan Didion
National Book Award

Jamie Dimon
CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mohamed ElBaradei, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize for Peace

Carlos Fuentes
Author, Scholar and Diplomat

Robert H. Grubbs, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry

John L. Hall, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics

H.R.H. Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa
Crown Prince of Bahrain

Peter R. Jackson
Oscar for Best Director



Samuel L. Jackson
Actor and Activist

Wendy Kopp
Founder, Teach for America

Bernard L. Marcus
Co-Founder, Home Depot

Hon. John D. Negroponte
Director of National Intelligence

Hon. Nancy Pelosi
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

Sonny Rollins
Greatest Living Jazz Soloist

David M. Rubenstein
Investor and Philanthropist

Henry Samueli, Ph.D.
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Hon. Margaret Spellings
U.S. Secretary of Education

A. Michael Spence, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Economics

Julie Taymor
Theater, Opera and Film Director

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Legendary Opera Singer

Gore Vidal
National Book Award

Hon. Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Mayor of Los Angeles

William Wrigley, Jr.
Industrialist and Philanthropist


Class of 2007


Andre Agassi
Sportsman and Philanthropist

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee
Father of the World Wide Web

Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn
Kings of Country Music

Laura Bush
First Lady of the United States

Brian J. Druker, M.D.
Developer, Gleevec Leukemia Drug

Nora Ephron
Author and Filmmaker

Laurence D. Fink
CEO, BlackRock, Inc.

Ian Frazer, M.D.
Developer, Cervical Cancer Vaccine

The Honorable Chuck Hagel
United States Senate

General Michael V. Hayden, USAF
Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
Science and Education

Richard Leakey
Paleoanthropologist and Environmentalist

Peyton Manning
Super Bowl Champion Quarterback

John C. Mather, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Physics





Craig C. Mello, Ph.D.
Nobel Prize in Medicine

John Morgridge
Pioneer of Silicon Valley

Hon. Barack Obama
United States Senate

General Peter Pace, USMC
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Suzan-Lori Parks
Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Hon. Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Dana Priest
Pulitzer Prize for Journalism

Harold Prince
Broadway Producer and Director

Hon. Harry Reid
Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

Hilary Swank
Two Oscars for Best Actress

Rex W. Tillerson
Chairman, Exxon Mobil

Calvin Trillin
Humorist and Novelist

Lawrence Wright
Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health