By Ashley Bailey
, Tuesday, May 08, 2007 12:00 AM
Brook Ellis, (left), received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award in Tucson, as presented from Mike Lambert, DETC executive director.
From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. - Brook Ellis, GIA’s vice president of Education, has been presented with the “2007 Distance Education and Training Council’s Distinguished Service Award.”
Michael P. Lambert, executive director of DETC, said, “This honor is given to individuals in the distance education field for their outstanding service that has enhanced the image of distance education or significantly furthered the work of the DETC.”
“This is one of the highest and most coveted awards in distance education world-wide. In the DETC’s 81-year-history, only themost outstanding leaders havereceived the award."
According to Lambert, "Brook Ellis is deeply respected and admiredin the distance educationfield, and GIA's global reputation for the highest academic quality in the distance education community is legendary. Quality is not an accident. Ellis and the GIA team are thoughtful, accomplished leaders in our profession."
In awarding Ellis the plaque, Marie Sirney, chairman of the DETC Awards Committee and executive vice president of American Graduate University, said, “The members of DETC know Brook’s position at GIA requires a great deal of responsibility and hours of international travel, yet he still devotes an enormous amount of his personal time to DETC. It’s a great pleasure to award this distinguished service award to Brook – his outstanding support for distance education has more than earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.”
Ellis has held the position of vice president of education for GIA since 1996. He has long been a supporter of the jewelry industry and served on GIA’s Board of Governors from 1983-1995. He is a past director of the American Gem Society and chairperson of AGS’ Examination Committee; and was formerly vice president - Fine Jewelry for Henry Birks & Son, Ltd. in Canada.
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