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Lilly's Connelly Appointed to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships

Program is the nation's most prestigious for leadership and public service

WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Office of President George W. Bush today announced the appointment of Deirdre P. Connelly to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Connelly is the president of U.S. operations for Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY).

"The White House Fellowships are America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service," Connelly said. "It's an honor to be selected by the President to serve our country and to help prepare our nation's aspiring public service leaders."

The President's Commission on White House Fellowships, which is composed of 20 to 30 outstanding citizens who represent a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and professions, selects each class of White House Fellows. Some Commissioners have served through several administrations and some are former Fellows. The Commission interviews National Finalists and then recommends those individuals it finds most qualified for the fellowship to the President for appointment as White House Fellows. The non-partisan Commission meets twice a year: once in January to conduct regular business, and once in June to select a new class of Fellows.

Since 1964, the White House Fellowships have offered outstanding young Americans the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day business of governing the nation. After a highly competitive selection process, 11 to 19 men and women are chosen to serve for a year as White House Fellows. The fellowship year runs from September through the next August. Each Fellow works full-time as a special assistant to a Cabinet member or senior presidential advisor and also participates in an education program designed to nurture his or her development as a leader.

In a typical year's education series, White House Fellows meet with cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, military leaders, and foreign heads of state. Fellows may also meet with governors, mayors, sociologists, urban planners, scientists, representatives of interest groups, foreign service officers, foreign policy-makers, fiscal experts, business and labor leaders, and commentators from the press and academic circles. White House Fellows are also offered the opportunity to travel to major American cities, foreign countries, and military bases to explore government and policy in action. These activities help Fellows develop an increased understanding of the challenges facing American society and a greater sensitivity to the role of the federal government in dealing with these challenges.

Many former White House Fellows have made significant marks in various fields. Former Fellows of note include Doris Kearns Goodwin (1967 - 1968 Fellow), who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and television commentator; Henry Cisneros (1971 - 1972 Fellow), who became mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration; Colin Powell (1972 - 1973 Fellow), who became a general in the U.S. Army, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State during the administration of George W. Bush; Wesley Clark (1975 - 1976 Fellow), who became a general in the U.S. Army and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; William Roper (1982 - 1983 Fellow), who became dean of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Elaine L. Chao (1983 - 1984 Fellow), who became president and chief executive officer of the United Way of America and director of the Peace Corps; and Paul Gigot (1986 - 1987 Fellow), who became a columnist and editor for The Wall Street Journal.

About Lilly

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at C-LLY


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