Gov. Martin O'Malley received a public service award last night from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
O'Malley was singled out for his efforts as mayor of Baltimore to tackle the city's persistent crime problem and its struggling school system.
The organization also lauded O'Malley's creation of CitiStat, calling it "a highly useful accountability tool that later won Harvard University's prestigious Innovations in American Government award."
Other honorees were Robert E. Fischell of Angel Medical Systems, and Steve Geppi, a local businessman and minority owner of the Orioles who received a corporate citizenship award. Fischell was recognized for "improving the health of others through his medical research and innovation." Geppi was toasted for his extensive community involvement and "distinguished business career."
The Baltimore dinner was chaired by Chancellor William E. Kirwan of the University System of Maryland, Paul Levitz, president of DC Comics Inc., and Wayne L. Rogers, CEO of Synergics.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was established by Congress in 1968 and is based in Washington. Named for the nation's 28th president, the center is one of three American institutions, along with the National Gallery of Art and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, created by congressional statute to perform a public service within the Smithsonian Institution. It is governed by an independent board of trustees appointed by the president.
The long list of past winners includes: Henry A. Kissinger; Gen. Colin L. Powell and Alma Powell; Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel; and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The corporate citizenship honor has gone to executives of AOL Time Warner Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Lockheed Martin, The Arizona Diamondbacks and Boeing Corp., among many others.