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 Bill Reese ’66 to
Receive Halverson Award
After his five decades working to give opportunities to impoverished youth, Menlo is pleased to recognize Bill with one of its highest honors.
In recognition of the positive impact he has made helping youth gain education and find jobs, Bill Reese ’66 will become the 16th recipient of the Fred R. Halverson Distinguished Alumnus Award in the spring of 2020. One of the highest honors Menlo bestows upon alumni, the award is named for beloved former faculty member Fred Halverson, who over 49 years taught history and economics and served as a dean and assistant headmaster. The award recognizes those alumni with outstanding professional, civic, philanthropic, and academic achievements after graduation who share the dedication to Menlo that Mr. Halverson had.
Across five decades, Bill Reese dedicated his career to economic development on behalf of young people around the world. As
a fresh political science graduate from Stanford University,
he joined the Peace Corps and found himself volunteering
in a Brazilian urban community development project. One year turned into eight, by the end of which he was the Peace Corps’ Country Director for Brazil. And that was just the
start. Eventually, he took on senior roles with the Peace Corps, Partners of the Americas, and finally the International Youth Foundation, where he was COO and then CEO over the course of 20 years before retiring at the end of 2018.
 Bill Reese speaks on a panel at the Solutions for Work conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2014

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