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Justice Clarence Thomas to Receive Benedict Leadership Award

Belmont, NC — United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been named the fourth recipient of the Benedict Leadership Award. The award, given by the Benedict Leadership Institute at Belmont Abbey College, will be presented in a public ceremony at Belmont Abbey College on March 12, 2020.

The Institute selected Justice Thomas in recognition for his extraordinary career and his enduring leadership as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.

Justice Thomas has had a distinguished career as a public servant and a US Supreme Court Justice. Justice Thomas graduated from Holy Cross in 1971 with an A.B. cum laude in English literature and received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1974 at the Yale Law School. He was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri in 1974. In 1981 he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Thomas Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

On July 1, 1991, Justice Thomas was nominated by President George Bush to serve on U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Thomas is currently the longest serving Justice on the Supreme Court. His 2007 book My Grandfather’s Son; A Memoir became an immediate bestseller.

“While your life displays numerous reasons for being worthy of the Benedict Leadership Award, the Committee wishes to honor and highlight your leadership as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and your personal witness as a man of faith,” said Executive Director Conor Gallagher.

The Benedict Leadership Institute was founded in 2016 to develop and inspire Catholic leaders to transform society in light of their faith. The Benedict Leadership Award is a key activity of the Institute.

The Institute confers the Award annually, recognizing outstanding men and women whose achievements reflect the heroic leadership of St. Benedict. Prior recipients include Mr. Michael P. Warsaw, Mr. Leonard Leo and Mr. Carl Anderson.

Recipients deliver a public address in their area of leadership, and are presented with a $10,000 cash award.

Belmont Abbey College, home of the Benedict Leadership Institute, is a Catholic college located near Charlotte, NC. Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, it is recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as one of America’s top Catholic colleges.

For more information on the Benedict Leadership Institute please visit: http://benedictleadershipinstitute.org

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