Alumna Receives Medal for Exceptional Service

Alumna Ashley Richardson (’04) was awarded the medal for Exceptional Civilian Service by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in January. Richardson served in various positions in the Bush administration, with the most recent being country director in the western hemisphere group in the Pentagon. In this capacity Richardson was a policy advisor to the secretary and dealt directly with U.S. embassies and foreign officials on various treaties and international security issues, as well as coordinated humanitarian aid.