Oct. 31, 2006
WASHINGTON - Former American University wrestler Alan Meltzer was awarded the Cyrus Ansary Medal at last Thursday's President's Circle Dinner.
In recognition of Mr. Cyrus Ansary's leadership and counsel for over two decades, both as trustee and as the chairman of the Board of Trustees, American University created the Cyrus A. Ansary Medal. As the honor of highest distinction, the Cyrus A. Ansary Medal is awarded to members of the AU family -- trustees, volunteers, or alumni leaders -- who have given outstanding service to the university or made substantial contributions to society.
Criteria for the award include that the recipient is affiliated with American University, as an alumnus/a, trustee, or volunteer; the recipient has exhibited extraordinary commitment and leadership, either in service to the university or for the benefit of the community at large; the recipient is held in high esteem by peers, both within the university and within his/her profession; and that the recipient is a person of notable accomplishment who serves as an excellent role model for students and alumni. His/her accomplishments set high standards for achievement.
Meltzer earned his award in part for his contributions to AU athletics, said Interim President Neil Kerwin, who presented Meltzer with the first Cyrus Ansary Medal awarded since 1998. "You spearheaded a massive and successful nationwide campaign not only to keep the wrestling program alive at AU but to enable it to thrive," said Kerwin. "Your guidance and deep roots in the athletics world have put AU on the map as a strong presence in collegiate wrestling."