Treasurer Ellis Recognized by National Association of State Treasurers

August 29, 2011

(Bismarck, North Dakota) - State Treasurer Richard K. Ellis today received the National Association of State Treasurers' (NAST) 2011 Harlan Boyles-Edward T. Alter Distinguished Service award. The award, named for the former treasurers of North Carolina and Utah, recognizes exceptional integrity and hard work in support of NAST's public service ideals.

(Left to right): Utah Treasurer Richard Ellis received the Harlan Boyles-Edward T. Alter Award, New Mexico Treasurer James B. Lewis accepted the Jesse Unruh Award, and Dan Ebersole received the Lucille Maurer Treasurer Emeritus Award.

The award was presented to Treasurer Ellis by NAST President Kelly Schmidt, state treasurer of North Dakota. In her remarks, Treasurer Schmidt stated that "this award is presented to a dedicated and committed public servant whose outstanding career has provided a respected voice for NAST at all levels of state government. Treasurer Ellis provides thoughtful, steady leadership to both his state and to NAST in many ways. He currently chairs the State Debt Management Network and last year led a special task force on issues in the municipal market. He helped develop the programs of the Treasury Management Conference, this [NAST annual] conference, and the National Institute for Public Finance. This year he is also serving as chair of the NAST Foundation."

President Schmidt also shared this commendation from another of Treasurer Ellis' colleagues: "Treasurer Ellis is a dedicated public servant whose outstanding career in government has benefitted the taxpayers, advanced the standards of excellence in the treasury management profession and encouraged and mentored youth to consider a public service career in the field of public finance. He has worked tirelessly to advance the mission and goals of NAST."

About NAST
The National Association of State Treasurers encourages the highest ethical standards, promotes education and the exchange of ideas, builds professional relationships, develops standards of excellence and influences public policy for the benefit of the citizens of the states.

Membership is composed of all state treasurers, or state finance officials with comparable responsibilities, from the United States, its commonwealths, territories, and the District of Columbia. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, NAST is recognized as a national force whose work has influenced public policy at both the state and federal levels. NAST is instrumental in developing and promoting standards of excellence regarding ethical conduct, policy guidelines and accountability, and model legislation and regulations.