Eisenhower presents PTPI award to alum

Mark Stansberry and Mary Jean Eisenhower
Mark Stansberry and Mary Jean Eisenhower

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, presented the 2013 People to People International Inner Circle Award and Medallion to Mark Stansberry.

PTPI honored Stansberry, a 1977 Oklahoma Christian graduate and member of OC’s Board of Trustees, for his service as chairman of the PTPI Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013 and for his 2013 role as acting CEO of worldwide operations.

Mary Jean Eisenhower said that Stansberry had been instrumental in launching the organization’s landmine initiative, establishing chapters, and leading Operational International Children school kit efforts in Haiti and throughout the world.

“In my travels throughout the world for PTPI, I have had the honor along with the opportunity of meeting and working with many amazing individuals associated with our programs. I have learned so much about the world’s diverse cultures and have formed countless friendships,” Stansberry said. “PTPI’s mission is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities. We are extremely proud of the growth in terms of membership and also in the types of initiatives offered along with the outreach the organization has had.”

The first recipient of the PTPI Inner Circle Award Medallion was presented to President Dwight Eisenhower, the founder of PTPI. Founded in 1956, PTPI has a presence in 135 countries, with more than 80,000 families and individuals participating in student and adult programs.