On Sunday, March 25, 2012, one of the most devoted members CMC's Board of Trustees has ever known received the Rose Institute Award for Excellence in Public Service. Ray Remy '59 is known for his commitment to CMC: as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1987 to 2010 and now as a life member; as a long-time member of the Board of Governors of the Rose Institute; as a member of the Board of Directors of the CMC Alumni Association; for his role as a mentor to numerous CMC students; and as a vocal advocate and supporter of the College.
Andrew Busch, Ph.D., Director of the Rose Institute, welcomed attendees to the program. The Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow says of Mr. Remy, "He has served the public with distinction in a number of public and private capacities, including state government, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and Claremont McKenna College itself. Those who have worked with Ray uniformly testify to the high caliber of his work and to his integrity, decency, good humor, and modesty."
Known outside of the CMC community for his years of service in government and the private sector, Remy served as deputy mayor of the City of Los Angeles and chief of staff for former mayor Tom Bradley, as director of the State Employment Development
Department, as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as a member of the State's Fair Political Practices Commission, as executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments, and as president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations and academic institutions and has received a commensurate number of awards for his service in those capacities.
Presently, Remy is president of RR Consulting. He is a 1959 graduate of CMC, cum laude, and he and his wife Sandra live in South Pasadena.
The Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College is one of 10 premier research institutes at Claremont McKenna College. It pursues the complementary missions of providing research experience for students and publishing studies on issues concerning state and local government, with an emphasis on fiscal analysis, redistricting and demographic analysis, economic impact studies, and legal and regulatory analysis.
The Rose Institute Award for Excellence in Public Service was created to recognize exceptional individuals or organizations that demonstrate an enduring commitment to exemplary public service. Honor, integrity, leadership, and a philanthropic spirit are among the characteristics defining this individual or organization.
The Rose Institute's Board of Governors Chairman Darryl Wold '63 and Professor Andrew Bush had the distinction of presenting the award to Mr. Remmy. Bush said, "It was an honor and privilege for me to be able to participate in presenting the award to Ray. He is a very special person who richly deserved the award."
The Rose Report published this blog on the evening's festivities on April 4th.