Two new awards — the Dr. Sidney L. and Beatrice K. Cramer Endowed Scholarship and Fellowship — will reward the outstanding ethical example set by one undergraduate student and one faculty member each year.
Neville W. Cramer, an Eller alum and immigration policy expert with more than 26 years of experience with Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), recently made a gift to establish the awards in honor of his parents.
“Neville has been involved in the ethics program for a number of years,” explains Paul Melendez, director of the Ethics Program and EthicsPoint Distinguished Lecturer in Business Ethics. “He attends our competitions and makes a point of really getting to know the students.”
The first Cramer Scholar, Gabrielle Johnston (BSPA Public Policy and Management ’10), has already been named. Johnston and Cramer recently met over lunch. “It was a wonderful way to learn about his family,” Johnston says. “I feel honored to be able to carry on his parents’ name and vision with this scholarship.”
Johnston is the chairman of the Eller Board of Honor and Integrity. “Ethics plays a huge role in my life, in and out of the classroom,” she says. “I try to set the best ethical example possible to my peers in hopes that they, too, can appreciate the importance of making ethical decisions.”
This fall, she and her peers will be called on to nominate Eller faculty members who have encouraged ethical thinking in the classroom. The Cramer Fellow will be announced in spring.
“Mr. Cramer is a great resource,” Johnston says. “I am lucky to know someone like him.”
At the time of his retirement in 2002, Cramer was one of the most experienced INS special agents in the U.S. Department of Justice. He began his career in 1976, as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, after serving four years as a police officer in Arizona and Florida. After his tour of duty on the Mexican border, Cramer served eight years as both a special agent and supervisory special agent in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., District Offices.
He is the author of two books, Fixing the INSanity: America’s Immigration Crisis and Immigration Chaos: Solutions to an American Crisis. He is a frequent contributor to nationally syndicated television and radio programs on immigration issues.
Learn more about the Eller College Center for Leadership Ethics at ethics.eller.arizona.edu.