President Thomforde Honored by Czech Republic

President Thomforde was presented with a Czernin Palace Award for his work on behalf of Czech-American relations. Peter Rafaeli (above left), honorary consul general of the Czech Republic, and Eliska Zigová, consul general of the Czech Republic, toured the Payne Gallery during their visit, accompanied by Professor Anne Dutlinger and Dean Gordon Weil. Photo by John Kish

President Thomforde was recently honored by the Czech Republic for his support of a student exchange program with the Czechs, his endorsement of the Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good project (a documentary and book about Nicholas Winton's rescue of 669 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia), and for promoting Czech science.

Peter Rafaeli, honorary consul general of the Czech Republic, and Eliska Zigová, consul general of the Czech Republic, visited Moravian College in June to present President Thomforde with a Czernin Palace Award. The award, given to four Americans for 2008, recognizes work on behalf of Czech-American relations.

Moravian College traces its roots to the Brethren denomination of Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic).