The 2020 Austin College Posey Leadership Award Convocation, scheduled for March 31 and featuring criminal justice reform advocate Adam Foss, has been indefinitely postponed, as have all other events related to his campus visit. College leadership hopes to reschedule all those events for later in 2020 to present the award to Foss and make his message of leadership available to students and the greater Austin College community.
Foss is the founder and executive director of Prosecutor Impact, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reframing the role of the prosecutor—the most powerful agent in the justice system, according to Foss. He worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston before founding Prosecutor Impact.
Austin College formally launched its Leadership Award in 2005, naming its first honoree in 2006. The Posey Leadership Award honors an outstanding individual who has demonstrated the principles of servant leadership by taking a courageous stand on a public policy issue that advances a humanitarian or educational purpose; serving the youth of a state, nation, or international community to improve the quality of health, educational, or community services; or by creating opportunities for young people that help them enhance their educational experience and move to a new level of service to society.
More information about the award and 2020 recipient Foss can be found on the Austin College website.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Austin College cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. The College, founded in 1849, is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.