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Williams College to Award Annual Bicentennial Medals
10:01AM / Friday, August 26, 2011
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Navjeet Bal
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This year's Williams Bicentennial Medalists will share their life stories on Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. on the MainStage of the college’s '62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. The college awarded 23 Bicentennial Medals in 1993 and has added five to seven awardees in each year since.

This year's recipients are:

Navjeet K. Bal (1984): A leading public finance lawyer and champion of domestic violence victims and of legal services for low-income residents, Bal is now commissioner of revenue for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Wilfred Chabrier (1977): General manager at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Chabrier is acclaimed for his influential support of women and minority-owned businesses and his work with nonprofits.

Bethany McLean (1992): Hailed for uncovering the Enron financial scandal and her more recent work illuminating the global financial meltdown, McLean is contributing editor to Vanity Fair.

Michael F. Roizen (1967): A distinguished physician who serves as chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, Roizen is also an entrepreneur and best-selling author of both the "RealAge" and "YOU" series.

Frederick Rudolph (1942): One of the most celebrated historians of American higher education, Rudolph also made his mark over four decades of teaching at Williams.
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