University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will present Smith with the President's Medal for Excellence, which honors individuals who have distinguished themselves through personal and professional achievements which exemplify the ideal proclaimed in the University's motto, "Ever to Excel."
The black-tie event, sponsored by Boston College's Wall Street Council and held in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, is expected to attract more than 1,000 alumni, parents and friends of Boston College. The annual dinner tribute benefits the University's Presidential Scholars Program, which draws students from the top 2 percent of college applicants nationally.
General Motors Corp. Chairman John F. Smith Jr.
will receive the President's Medal for Excellence.
Last year, the dinner raised a record $1.5 million. Contributors have given more than $10 million through the event since its inception.
The dinner is co-chaired by Mario J. Gabelli, chairman of Gabelli Funds Inc.; Peter S. Lynch, '65, vice chairman of Fidelity Management and Research; and Michael F. Price, president and CEO of MFP Investors. Lynch and Price are University trustees, and all three are parents of Boston College students.
Smith has been chairman of General Motors' board of directors since 1996. He also served as GM's chief executive officer from 1992 through 2000.
A native of Worcester, Smith joined GM in 1961 at the Fisher Body Plant in Framingham. He held a number of positions in the firm's New York and Detroit headquarters and was named comptroller in 1980. Smith became president of General Motors Canada Ltd. and a GM vice president in 1984 and president of GM Europe in 1987.
Smith is chairman of the Economic Club of Detroit and a director of Detroit Renaissance and the US-Japan Business Council. He also serves on the board of trustees of the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
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