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Atlantic Legal Foundation Honors Raytheon's Chairman and CEO

Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson

The Atlantic Legal Foundation has honored Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson with its 2012 annual award for his "industry leadership in providing innovative technologies and solutions that contribute to our nation's security."

Swanson accepted the award on March 11 from Foundation Chairman Hayward D. Fisk in ceremonies held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Building following an introduction by Jay B. Stephens, Raytheon's senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Swanson thanked the Atlantic Legal Foundation for the prestigious honor, the 25th such annual award bestowed by the foundation. He praised the organization for its "consistent support of the principles of public policy that benefit industry and the private sector."

Swanson, an early leader in efforts to support science, technology, engineering and math education, urged other businesses to support STEM education.

"Put on your helmets and pads and join us on the field," Swanson said. It was, he said, "the right thing to do for business, and it's the right thing to do for our country."

Swanson noted there are many ways for business to get involved in ensuring an adequate pipeline of engineering and technology workers.

"One area where business engagement is needed is helping improve workforce alignment," Swanson said. "Too many students and adults are training for jobs in which labor surpluses exist and demand is low - while high-demand jobs, particularly those in STEM fields, go unfilled."

Swanson noted this was a focus of the Business-Higher Education Forum, of which he is a past chair and a current member of its executive committee.

"As job creators, businesses are on the frontlines of this supply-demand dynamic," Swanson said. As a result, he said, they have a "tremendous opportunity to work together with academia to identify and address the structural misalignment between education and workforce needs."

Swanson also congratulated Richard Wilson, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics Emeritus at Harvard, for being honored with the foundation's lifetime achievement award.

For more about Raytheon's STEM education focus, visit MathMovesU.

Last Updated: 03/11/2015

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