General Mark Milley ’80, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, and James Heckman GS ’71, a Nobel Laureate in Economics who is a University of Chicago faculty member, will receive the University’s top honors for alumni at Alumni Day on Feb. 20.
Milley will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award, while Heckman will receive the James Madison Medal.
Milley and Heckman did not respond to requests for comment before press time.
The Woodrow Wilson Award goes annually to an undergraduate alumnus whose career exemplifies the idea of “Princeton in the Nation’s Service.” The James Madison Medal goes annually to alumni of the Graduate School who have had a distinguished career, made contributions to graduate education or have an outstanding record in public service.
Milley, who was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps while at the University, graduated with an A.B. in politics. He has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Panama, Haiti, Herzegovina, Somalia and Colombia, and served on the operations staff of the Joint Staff and as a military assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Heckman received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado College in 1965 before enrolling at the University for his Ph.D. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000 for his work on analyzing selective samples and evaluating public policy. He has served on the University of Chicago faculty since 1973.
The winners of the 2015 Alumni Day awards were Queen Noor of Jordan, formerly Lisa Halaby ’73, and Martin Eakes GS ’80.