Susan D. Green Memorial Award
The Susan D. Green Memorial Award is given out every two years at VALUEUSA's Leadership Institute to recognize an outstanding adult learner leader who, like Susan Green:
- sees the best in other people
- reaches out to help others
- is a leader in adult literacy
Susan Green (1944 - 2002) was a great friend to VALUEUSA. Susan was filled with passion and caring for the issues surrounding literacy, and for the people around her. Susan never hesitated to stop and help someone who needed a shoulder to lean on, and provided advice and wise counsel to friends across the world. Former National Institute for Literacy director Andy Hartman said of her: If the field of adult literacy had a Hall of Fame, Susan should be a charter member.
Susan's career included nearly a decade at the National Institute for Literacy, 12 years with the Follow Through early literacy program at the U.S. Department of Education, and four years at the White House as First Lady Barbara Bush's literacy expert. Mrs. Bush said of Susan:
"Susan Green was one of my mentors in literacy. She was there with me in the beginning, when few people were really paying attention to literacy. She was passionate about it, and would have personally taught every single man, woman, and child in America how to read if she could have. She was a dear friend, a warm and loving person. She will be missed by me and all who knew her."
The Susan D. Green Memorial Award has been given out since 2003. Each time the award is given, the winner’s name is inscribed on a plaque that permanently honors both Susan Green and the awardees.