SALT LAKE CITY—May 4, 2018—On the evening of May 2, 2018 the inaugural Utah’s Partner in Education gala was held at the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City. The event honored teachers, administrators, students and advocates of the state’s education system. The pinnacle ‘Partner in Education Award’ was given to CBRE Senior Managing Director, Mark Bouchard; Governor Gary R. Herbert presented Mark with the prestigious recognition. World renowned author, speaker, and Harvard Business School professor, Dr. Clayton Christensen, was the keynote speaker.
In addition to naming the Partner in Education recipient, the event raised $400,000 for West High School as well as honored three individuals in the Utah education system. The Educator of the Year Award was given to Will Pettit of Granite Park Junior High; Kim Schaefer of Whitehorse High School was named Administrator of the Year; and Jorge Luis Tlasmanteco Vasquez of Treasure Mountain Junior High was honored as Student of the Year, which included a $5,000 scholarship. Going forward, Utah’s Partner in Education Foundation plans to hold this event on an annual basis.
Utah’s Partner in Education Award recognized Mark Bouchard’s tireless service over the past decade to improve public education for all students throughout the state. Mark was the founding Chair of Utah’s Prosperity 2020 initiative—a coalition of business leaders committed to increasing investment in public education. He was also the founding Chair of Governor Herbert’s groundbreaking Education Commission, which brought educators, business leaders, and elected officials together to help solve public education’s most pressing needs. More recently, Mark was the founding Chair of United Way’s statewide initiative (PPRC) to improve access to educational opportunities for all, while simultaneously improving the depth, breadth and relevance of what graduates from high school and post-secondary education are able to accomplish.
Multiple business, education and government leaders attended the event in support and appreciation for Mark’s leadership. The foundation also recognized the significant contributions of CBRE not only in allowing one of its leaders, Mark Bouchard, to volunteer so much time and energy toward leading public education initiatives, but also for the meaningful contributions the entire firm has committed to education.
Governor Gary R. Herbert declared “I have the utmost respect and admiration for Mark Bouchard and for his passion for improving the lives of our young people in the state. He’s been a tremendous force for good in bringing together business and community leaders, government officials, and education stakeholders and pursuing a common goal in making Utah the best state for education in the nation.”
Similarly, Dr. Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, explained that “few other business leaders across the country have had the type of impact contributing to public education like that of Mark Bouchard.”
Randy Shumway, Chair of Utah’s Partner in Education Foundation, said of Mark, “For the past twelve years I’ve worked closely with Mark Bouchard in many capacities. I can’t imagine a more worthy recipient of this recognition. Mark has literally volunteered thousands of hours leading efforts on behalf of public education. Mark’s collaborative, listening, win-win approach brings people from diverse perspectives to the table to work together in finding common ground and solutions in order to measurably improve student learning for everyone—particularly students who have previously felt marginalized.”
For more information about the event or award recipients, please contact Randy Shumway, Chair of the Utah’s Partner in Education Foundation.
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Chair of the Utah’s Partner in Education Foundation