U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell
President's Medal for Excellence
Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career, serving most recently as U.S. special envoy to the Middle East and earlier as chairman of global law firm DLA Piper, where he is now chairman emeritus. Before that he was a federal judge; a majority leader of the United States Senate; and independent chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, which resulted in an agreement that ended a historic conflict. In 2008, Time magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Senator Mitchell is the author of five books; the most recent are a memoir titled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life, published in May 2015, and A Path to Peace, published in November 2016. Senator Mitchell has played a pivotal role in the development of Boston College’s alumni, parents and friends in Ireland and has introduced future American leaders to Ireland and Northern Ireland through the Mitchell Scholarship program.