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Governor Brian Sandoval awarded DRI President’s Medal

RENO – During today’s meeting of the DRI Research Foundation, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval was honored with the 32nd Desert Research Institute President’s Medal award.

PresidentsMedalDr. Stephen G. Wells, DRI President, presented the award which recognizes those who have exhibitied significant dedication to furthering the Institute’s mission and goals through their time, support, and expertise.

“It was Governor Sandoval’s vision that sought to include higher education as an integral part of economic development in our state,” said Dr. Wells. “And… more than any other Governor I have worked with he has recognized the role that higher education has in advancing our workforce, diversifying our economy, and attracting new industries, technologies, and businesses to Nevada.”

On behalf of the DRI Foundation, Dr. Wells also recognized Governor Sandoval for his dedication to the Institute’s annual DRI Nevada Medal events in Reno and Las Vegas. Governor Sandoval has presented the DRI Nevada Medal award each year since he was elected in 2010.

The DRI President’s Medal is selected and awarded by the DRI President. Previous recipients have included the Honorable Senator Harry Reid, Former Lieutenant Governor Sue Wagner, former IBM Research Vice President and DRI Trustee Emeritus Arther Anderson, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Honorable William “Bill” J. Raggio, Tom & Mary Kay Gallagher, and many more since the first award in 1998.

“DRI is one of Nevada’s greatest assets and this is something I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Governor Sandoval during the presentation at DRI’s Northern Nevada Science Center in Reno.

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