Stratford University Receives Presidential Award for Export Successes

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, May 16, 2016

photo from left to right: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Stratford University ISO VP Feroze Khan, Stratford University President Dr. Richard Shurtz

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Stratford University with the President’s “E” Awards for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Stratford University has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Stratford University’s dedication to providing quality education to students around the world. The university’s investment in language training programs was also particularly notable,” wrote Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the university announcing its selection as an award recipient. “Stratford University’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, Stratford University is a For Benefit university with campuses in Alexandria, Falls Church, Woodbridge, Richmond, Newport News, and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; and New Delhi, India. Stratford University offers Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degrees, as well as many non-credit workshops and courses.

“It is truly an honor to receive the President’s ‘E’ Award,” said Dr. Richard Shurtz, President of Stratford University. “At Stratford, we believe that everyone across the globe deserves a quality education to set the foundation for all they want to do in life. We have a very diverse international student body here in the U.S., and we are so proud to be able to provide an American education at our campus in New Delhi and contribute to our economy.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the winners.

Visit the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting for more information.