Prince Sultan bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ’00 MSSc to receive Chancellor’s Medal

Friday, Nov. 16   |   11:45 a.m.
Strassler Commons, Eggers Hall
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman ’00 MSSc, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), chairman of the board of trustees of the Prince Salman Center for Disabilities Research in Riyadh and the first Arab astronaut, will be awarded Syracuse University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The campus community is invited to attend the award presentation, set to begin at 11:45 a.m.

The Chancellor’s Medal is given to individuals in honor of their expertise and contributions to their community, the University and the world. Prince Sultan is the son of Crown Prince Salman bin AbdulAziz al-Saud, Saudi Minister of Defense and next in line to the throne. Sultan completed his elementary and secondary education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He studied at the University of Denver and received his master of social science degree from the Maxwell School in 1999.

Previous honorees include U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; “The Syracuse Eight”; renowned acting and activist couple Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis; Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi; the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan; the late, eminent American composer Aaron Copland; The New Yorker magazine columnist and best-selling author Kenneth Auletta; and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.

Sultan is being recognized for:
• his lead role—as president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities—in fostering a better understanding of and appreciation for Saudi Arabia, its people and its rich cultural heritage;

• his key role in helping launch a collaborative partnership between SU and Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University, the first all-female university in Riyadh and one of the first and largest women’s universities in the Middle East;

• his long-time deep dedication to scientific exploration and knowledge. In 1985, he became the first Arab and Muslim in space as a member of the international crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery; and

• his commitment to promoting services and research for those with disabilities—which matches SU’s own historical strengths as a leader in disability rights.

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