Milwaukee Educators Honor Union Pacific

Union Pacific’s The Principals’ Partnership Program Assists Public High School Principals

Omaha, Neb., June 26, 2007 – The Milwaukee Public Schools have recognized Union Pacific with the "Lighthouse Partnership Award" for The Principals’ Partnership, a program that provides support to public high school principals.

The award honors Union Pacific and The Principals’ Partnership for six years of service to area public high school principals. The Partnership assists 22 principals in Milwaukee and 31 in Wisconsin.

William Andrekopoulos, superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), and Janie Hatton, an MPS principal coach, presented the award June 25 at the MPS Superintendent’s Instructional Leadership Academy in Milwaukee to Mike Payette, UP’s assistant vice president for government affairs. Payette accepted the honor on behalf of Union Pacific and The Principals’ Partnership.

"As a result of their involvement in The Principals’ Partnership, the Milwaukee high school principals have had opportunities to experience professional and leadership growth, which is critical," Hatton said. "Our principals have embraced The Principals’ Partnership and Union Pacific."

The Principals’ Partnership, the signature giving program of the Union Pacific Foundation, is one of America’s premier business and education partnerships. The program supports a network of 1,000 public high school principals in 21 states. Principals exchange knowledge, best practices and resources across the network, and are supported by The Partnership’s team of nationally recognized educators. Team members also develop a customized program for each principal, working with principals on key issues they have identified as areas of concern in their schools. Professional development opportunities, including the Summer Leadership Institute conference, are offered throughout the year. There is no cost to principals or school districts for Partnership activities.

In addition, The Partnership maintains an award-winning public Web site ( featuring research briefs and case studies useful to all educators. It is estimated that The Partnership, through the participating principals, will reach approximately 71,000 teachers and 1 million students this year.

"We are excited to have public high school principals in Milwaukee participating in The Principals’ Partnership for the sixth straight year," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific Foundation president and UP’s senior vice president for corporate relations. "Their dedication and commitment to providing an environment where quality learning can take place is admirable, and Union Pacific Foundation is pleased to support their efforts."

In addition to the Milwaukee recognition, The Principals’ Partnership has been honored by state education associations in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Arizona; the California Association of Renaissance Educators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center.

Union Pacific Foundation

The Union Pacific Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation. The Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in communities served by Union Pacific. The Foundation is not endowed, but is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation. Much of the foundation’s philanthropic support is directed toward The Principals’ Partnership, its signature giving program. Union

Pacific believes principals who are effective leaders build strong schools, which in turn produce solid citizens, workers and adults. When that happens, we all benefit.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.

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