Ross School Founder Honored

Courtney Sale Ross, the founder of the Ross School in East Hampton, was presented with a Global Citizen Award from the University of California at Los Angeles on Feb. 8 by Gene Block, left, the university’s chancellor, and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, U.C.L.A.’s dean of education and information studies.

Courtney Sale Ross, the founder of the Ross School, is the inaugural recipient of a Global Citizen Award from the University of California at Los Angeles, the Ross School, which has campuses in East Hampton and Bridgehampton, announced last week.

The university said the new award was intended to recognize those who work toward “transformational change for the children of the world through visionary leadership in education in the global era.”

Mrs. Ross received the award last week at a ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, which was formed after the end of World War II to promote peace.

At the event, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, the Wasserman dean of education and information studies at U.C.L.A., who nominated Mrs. Ross for the award, called her educational philosophy “groundbreaking.”  Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, called the Ross School “an inspiring example of a 21st century education.”

In a statement, Mrs. Ross said she was honored by the award and to have had “the opportunity to help lead the effort to develop solutions to the difficult challenges we face. I look forward to a continued collaboration and cooperation with today’s education leaders. It is the only way we will be able to expedite global consciousness.”