Willamette University to Honor Local Leader

Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the Portland Business Alliance will present James H. Rudd, chief executive officer and principal of Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, Inc., with The Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award Tuesday, April 13. The award will be presented at a 7:30 a.m. meeting at PGE, 121 SW Salmon Plaza Conference room, Portland.

The Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award, created by Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1984, recognizes extraordinary entrepreneurial leadership by an individual on behalf of the State of Oregon. The Award recognizes extraordinary public and private leadership in the tradition of the late Glenn L. Jackson.

Rudd serves as chief executive officer and principal of Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa receiving his bachelor of arts in education/business in 1970 and a graduate degree from the School of Business. Rudd currently serves as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, chairman of the capital campaign and former chairman of the board of trustees for the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation. He is also first vice-chairman of the Oregon State University Foundation; member of the Jesuit High School board of trustees; treasurer of the Oregon Historical Society; member of the Founder's Circle at SOLV; member of the President's Council for NW Medical Team; and a member of the Executive Board for the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Rudd has been recognized for leadership by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter with the Hope Award in 2002; the Lewis and Clark Watzek Award in 2002 and the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce William S. Naito Award in 1996.

"Jim Rudd's name has been in the leadership of nearly every worthwhile project in Portland over the last few years," said Gerry Frank, the first recipient of the award. "He is a true leader in every sense of the word."

The inscription on the award reads: "GLENN L. JACKSON LEADERSHIP AWARD Presented to James Rudd for demonstrated leadership, integrity and a sense of civic responsibility to your state and your fellow Oregonians in the advancement of entrepreneurial ideals and values."

Jackson was an Oregonian who served as chairman of Pacific Power and Light (now, PacifiCorp), chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission and owner of several other entrepreneurial enterprises such as Air Oregon and a chain of newspapers. He believed in making the right thing happen in Oregon and had the capacity and drive to get things done. The award was first presented at the inaugural Willamette University Conference on Entrepreneurship in 1984.

This year's selection committee included: Gerry Frank, Donald Krahmer Jr., Willamette President Lee Pelton and Atkinson Graduate School of Management Dean James Goodrich. Some of the past award recipients include Howard Vollum, founder of Tektronix; William Healy, founder of Mt. Bachelor; Don Frisbee, PacifiCorp; Michael Powell, Powell's Books; and Marty Brantley, KPTV.