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E&EM Student Selected as Finalist for White House Fellowship

On March 1, 2007, the White House announced that GW E&EM graduate student Jeffery Roth was selected as a Regional Finalist for the 2007-2008 White House Fellowships. Jeff was among 107 outstanding men and women from across the country were selected as Regional Finalists for the White House Fellows Program from thousands of nominees. The White House Fellowship program is the Nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service.

White House Fellows finalist Jeff Roth.

This year’s Regional Finalists are from 29 states, as well as the District of Colombia. They represent a broad cross-section of professions, including technology, education, health care, state government, law enforcement, engineering, business, consulting, law and the non-profit sector.

Seal of the White House Fellows.

During April 2007, Jeff participated in a rigorous interview process in Boston. Based on the results of the interviews, approximately thirty candidates will be named National Finalists. The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships will interview the National Finalists in June 2007 and then recommend candidates to President George W. Bush for a one-year appointment as White House Fellows.

The White House Fellows Program was founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This non-partisan program offers exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors. Following the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to repay the privilege by contributing to the Nation as better leaders and public servants.

President meets with original White House Fellows in 1964.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields including Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, United Nations Foundation President and Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, U.S. Senator Samuel Brownback, and Congressman Joe Barton.

More information about the program can be seen at

Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor

The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Spring 2007 (Volume 8, Number 1)