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McLean, VA – October 9, 2014 –Joann DiGennaro, President of the Center for Excellence in Education, received The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army.  She is 1 out 5 civilian women to have received this recognition for her extraordinary service as an expert Consultant and Chairwoman of the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors from 2005-2009. 

 “Ms. DiGennaro added immeasurably to the success of the Board through her untiring contributions to both its deliberations and its resulting guidance to the Institution.  In addition to her valuable advisory role, Ms. DiGennaro chaired the Board’s Working Group for Nomination and Membership Issues.  Serving as the Board Chair, she applied the full breadth of her expertise and knowledge to deftly lead the board to relevant and substantive resolutions that have already made a lasting impact.  Ms. DiGennaro’s influence on the Board will undoubtedly continue to generate benefits for the Army War College, its faculty, and graduates for decades to come,” stated Anthony A. Cucolo, III, Major General U.S. Army, formerly Commanding General of U.S. Army War College.  

That same day, Joann received an Honorary Degree Master of Letters, Strategic Studies, Honoris Causa, the sixth female recipient of this recognition.  Major General William E. Rapp serving Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, stated, “Thank you Joann, for all of your years of support to the U.S. Army War College.  It was an honor to help bestow these long-overdue and well-earned honors on you.”

The Army War College commended Ms. DiGennaro for her selfless service to the U.S. Army, the Joint Professional Military Education, and the Nation. 

About the Army War College
The College provides graduate level instruction to senior military officers and civilians to prepare them for senior leadership assignments and responsibilities.  Students engage in education on research, leadership, strategy and joint-service/international operations.

About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP).  For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site,

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