THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOHN C. PIERCE AND JOYCE VAN SCHAACK AS MEMBERS OF THE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION
The President today announced his intent to appoint John C. Pierce and Joyce Van Schaack as Members of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation.
Dr. John C. Pierce, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs since 1997. Previously, he was the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a Professor of Political Science from 1987 to 1997 at Washington State University. Dr. Pierce is a member of the Executive Team at UCCS, a member of the University Leadership Institute, the University TLE Implementation Team, and the University Academic Council. Dr. Pierce received a B.A. degree from the University of Puget Sound, and an M.A. degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Joyce Van Schaack, of Laguna Niguel, California, is executive Vice President of Van Schaack Design, and is also a commissioner with the California Commission on Improving Life Through Service, part of the national AmeriCorps program. The commission is dedicated to uniting individuals in service to their communities, promoting responsible citizenship, and achieving demonstrable results in addressing California's persistent unmet human, educational, public safety, and environmental needs. For her community volunteering she was recognized by California American Mothers, Inc. as 1996 California Mother of the Year. She has served as a Governor's appointee to the Department of Social Services' Commission for Child Abuse Prevention, and as president and Director of the 51st Agricultural District. Previously, she served on the U.S. Department of Education's Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Education for six years. She holds an M.A. in Secondary Education from the California State University Northridge and is a retired college professor with the Los Angeles Community College District.
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation was created to encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of humankind. The Board of Trustees awards fellowships to outstanding individuals, known as Columbus Scholars, to encourage such new discoveries. The Board has established a three-tiered Frontiers of Discovery -- Past, Present and Future program. Fellowships of $100,000 are awarded in the Past and Present programs, and the Future program supports and encourages innovations of America's youth.