Phil Bertolini, a telecommunications alumni of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and the current deputy county executive and chief information officer for Oakland County, Mich., will be recognized by the White House today along with 12 others as “Champions of Change.”
The White House says the 13 award recipients have committed themselves to creating a more open and innovative government through entrepreneurship.
“All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future,” according to the White House website.
The White House also credited Bertolini as having "created models that can be implemented by other governments interested in improving operations while containing costs."
“Phil Bertolini is well respected for his entrepreneurial spirit. He has made amazing contributions to the College and Michigan as a whole,” Dean Whitten said. “It’s most rewarding to see our outstanding alumni receive this level of recognition. For the White House to take note of Phil’s achievements is an exceptional honor.”
In 2010, Bertolini was honored as an Outstanding Alumni of the college and currently serves as a member of the college’s alumni board.
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