Jack Markell, ’85
Public Service Award - 2010
State of Delaware
Jack Markell was a banker at First Chicago when he entered the Evening MBA Program. He then put his MBA to work as consultant at McKinsey, an executive at Comcast, and as an entrepreneur as the 13th employee at Nextel—a company whose name he coined and whose business development efforts he led. He left the private sector after being elected Delaware's State Treasurer, a position he was re-elected to twice.
When Markell was sworn in as Governor in 2009, he inherited record budget shortfalls, rapidly rising unemployment, and a stagnant economy. Since then, he's balanced two budgets, helped open shuttered manufacturing facilities, won President Obama's Race to the Top competition for progress in public school reform, and signed new laws to drive improvements in the economy, environment, and education. On a national level, his colleagues asked him to be the lead Democrat on the National Governor's Association Economic Development Committee, chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association, and co-chair of the National Common Core Standards effort in education.