November 23, 2009

Yale Athletic Department Hosts Blue Leadership Ball

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Athletic Department hosted its gala Blue Leadership Ball on Friday night at the William K. Lanman Center inside Payne Whitney Gym. The fifth occurrence of the biennial event, which brought together over 500 alumni and friends of Yale Athletics, raised over $70,000 through a “Once in a Lifetime” Auction and generated an additional $120,000 in sponsorships.

The highlight of the Blue Leadership Ball was the presentation of the 2009 George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award. The class of 2009 Bush Award winners included Kenneth L. Davis, M.D. ’69, John R. “Jack” Ford ’72, Stephen D. Greenberg ’70, Carol L. Roberts ’81 and Henry B. Schacht ’56. In addition, legendary Yale football coach Carm Cozza received a special Bush award.

“This year's recipients of the George H.W. Bush ’48 leadership awards exemplify true dedication to leadership in both their professional and personal lives,” said Cynthia Kempner ‘79, chair of the leadership committee. “All have been very successful in their professional endeavors, but even more so in giving back, in so many ways, to the communities around them. They represent role models for all of us to find the time and resources to help those around us and to make an impact on the lives of others. Yale takes great pride in honoring these men and woman.”

Dr. Davis, internationally renowned for his pioneering research on psychiatric disorders, is the President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. His achievements as an educator, clinician and administrator have earned him a prominent place among the national leaders of academic medicine. At Yale, Dr. Davis earned a varsity letter in track & field in 1968.

Ford, currently an anchor on TruTV, has enjoyed a lengthy career as a television news personality specializing in legal commentary. He served as Chief Legal Correspondent at NBC News, reporting on legal issues for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Dateline, and later became an anchor/correspondent at ABC for both Good Morning America and 20/20. He also has hosted The Sports Reporters on ESPN. Ford has won two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his broadcasting work. In addition he is the author of the novel Osiris Alliance. At Yale, he was a three-year letterwinner for the football team. He still has the fourth longest (77 yards) interception return in school history and was an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award recipient.

Greenberg, currently the Managing Director of Allen & Company, is the co-founder of the College Sports Television Networks and the Classic Sports Network, which became ESPN Classic in 1997. Prior to that, he spent three years as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. At Yale, Greenberg captained both the men’s soccer and baseball teams. After college, he was drafted by the Washington Senators and spent five years playing for their minor league affiliates.

Roberts is the senior vice president, industrial packaging for International Paper. She began her career with the company in 1981 as associate engineer at the Mobile, Ala., mill and worked her way up. In 1993, she was promoted to general manager of Kraft Packaging, followed by a move to general manager for Kraft Paper and Packaging in 1996. A year later, she was appointed an officer of International Paper and promoted to vice president of People Development in the Human Resources organization. She took on her current role in 2005 and has responsibility for Containerboard & Recycling and Container The Americas businesses. At Yale Roberts was a four-year starter for the field hockey team, earned All-Ivy honors twice and helped the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title in 1980. She also was a three-year starter for the softball team and was a member of the 1980 Ivy League championship squad.

Schacht, a former chairman and CEO of Cummins Diesel (1973-1994) and CEO of Lucent Technologies, is currently the managing director and senior advisor of the venture capital firm Warburg Pincus. He also has been a director for the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, the New York Times Company and the Aluminum Company of America. At Yale he was a member of the men’s swimming team.

Cozza, the winningest football coach in Ivy League history, was Yale’s football coach for 32 seasons (1965-96) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December 2002. His record was 179-119-5, and his teams won 10 Ivy League championships. At the time he retired, he stood 12th in victories among active Division I coaches. He now serves as the analyst on WELI’s radio broadcasts of Yale football.

In addition to speeches from the six honorees, Yale President Richard Levin ’74 Ph.D, Director of Athletics Tom Beckett and Kempner all addressed the crowd. Kurt Schmoke ’71, the Dean of the Howard School of Law, former mayor of Baltimore, and a 2007 Bush award recipient, served as Master of Ceremonies for the Blue Leadership Ball.

View the 2009 Blue Leadership Ball Photo Gallery

View: Mobile | Desktop