Little League Foundation President Howard Paster Honored by Columbia School of Journalism
A distinguished alumnus of the Columbia University School of Journalism, Howard Paster, President of the Little League Foundation, was presented the Dean’s Medal for Public Service during an April ceremony at Columbia’s Low Library.
Nicholas Lemann, the School’s Dean, recognized Mr. Paster with the medal awarded to Columbia University (CU) School of Journalism graduates who have made a significant contribution to society through professional accomplishments and civic involvement.
“Howard Paster’s receipt of the Dean’s Medal for Public Service re-affirms that Columbia University’s School of Journalism has recognized what Little League has known for a many years … He’s a tremendous leader,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Little League Baseball and Softball who attended the ceremony, said, “Howard’s appreciation and belief in the ideals of Little League has allowed the Little League Foundation to maintain a firm focus on our program’s future. Our program is the beneficiary of his leadership.”
Mr. Paster of Washington, D.C., is a 1967 graduate of the CU’s Journalism School. He is Executive Vice President for Public Relations and Public Affairs, at WPP Group, and was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hill & Knowlton, Incorporated.
Joining the WPP parent company in August 2002, Mr. Paster oversees WPP’s portfolio of public relations and public affairs businesses. Prior to joining Hill & Knowlton, he served as assistant to President Bill Clinton and Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He is a member of the board of trustees of Tuskegee University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Howard Paster, third from right, a 1967 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, was honored by the school with the presentation of the 2011 Dean’s Medal for Public Service. Mr. Paster, Chairman of the Little League Foundation and long-time supporter of the Little League program, is joined by Little League President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen D. Keener, far left; Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, second from left; Mrs. Gail Paster; and Tim Paster, far right.
Beginning in 1999, Mr. Paster served as Chairman for “A World of Opportunity – Little League Baseball Capital Campaign for the Future,” which raised more than $20 million to foster the growth of baseball and softball leagues in urban areas; and increase educational programs for players and volunteers.
Mr. Paster was elected president of the Little League Foundation on May 7, 2002.
The Little League Foundation employs no outside fund-raising agencies and limits its drive to an annual appeal during the second week of June, in which Flag Day occurs. This week was designated National Little League Baseball Week by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President John F. Kennedy.
Little League Baseball and Softball are supported in part by the Little League Foundation, chartered in 1955. The foundation’s purpose is to guide the long-range ambitions of the program and to provide financial integrity for the Little League movement. Much of the support for Little League operations is provided though the workings of the foundation.
In 2005, Little League International created the Howard and Gail Paster Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of the vital volunteer service being performed by thousands of dedicated people in urban settings throughout the United States. This award annually acknowledges an adult volunteer involved with a Little League program participating in the Little League Urban Initiative.
Information on past Columbia University Journalism School Medal for Public Service honorees is available here: http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/472/12
The luncheon’s keynote speaker was 1979 Columbia University Journalism School graduate Ken Jautz, Executive Vice President of CNN.