Join us as we recognize the unique contributions of two deserving honorees:
Keynote: Ian Rowe
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
George A. Sutherland Award Recipient
Ian Rowe is impressive by any standard. He is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the co-founder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a network of character-based International Baccalaureate high schools. He is chairman of the board of Spence-Chapin, a nonprofit adoption services organization, and co-founder of the National Summer School Initiative. He concurrently serves as a senior visiting fellow at the Woodson Center and a writer for the 1776 Unites Campaign.
He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was the first black editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business School newspaper; a BS in computer science engineering from Cornell University; and a diploma in electrical engineering from Brooklyn Technical High School.
But the reason Sutherland proudly honors Ian on March 23, 2023, is that his scholarship combines sound principles with a respect for the inherent value of children and families. Ian is a unique leader in that he combines expertise with experience – he is a practitioner who implements his ideas in the real world, in low-income communities.
To those who sow division and argue that reduced academic standards are somehow fairer to communities of color, Ian unapologetically points to the soft bigotry of such misguided thinking. His message: “There are no victims in our schools. There are only architects of their own lives.”
He believes in agency, aspiration and freedom. He is a voice for our time, and we look forward to celebrating his life and recognizing his work.
Rep. Lowry Snow
Utah House of Representatives
George A. Sutherland Award Recipient
Lowry Snow is a well-known and long-respected pillar of business, law and public policy in Utah. He recently concluded a decade of faithful service in the Utah House of Representatives (2012-22) where he championed transformational policies in education and law.
He is a founding partner of Snow Jensen & Reece in St. George, and a leading real estate, civil litigation, business and land use planning attorney. He has represented clients spanning the private and public sectors and has been lauded by Utah Business magazine and Super Lawyers for multiple years in a row.
He earned his JD from Gonzaga University School of Law and a BS from Brigham Young University. He is a past president of the Utah State Bar, serves as a charter board member of the Southern Utah Community Legal Center helping provide pro bono legal services to the underprivileged in Southern Utah, and has served as chairman of the Utah State Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission and chair of the Washington County Economic Development Council.
Sutherland Institute delightedly honors Lowry on March 23, 2023, because of his dutiful civil service, his advocacy for policies to support families and education throughout the state, and his unwavering dedication to the state of Utah. Lowry has worked tirelessly throughout his career promoting and bolstering the foundational principles of our nation and strengthening our local communities.
Lowry believes in freedom, the power of education, and the importance of families. We are honored to celebrate his life’s achievements and recognize all that he has done for Utah.
CALEB CHAPMAN’S CRESCENT SUPER BAND
Organized in 2001 under the direction of Caleb Chapman, the Crescent Super Band has frequently been hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world to be composed entirely of young musicians. With a youthful energy and nearly unbelievable performance level, the band has performed its hip, intelligent big band arrangements for thousands. The band has also performed at major festivals around the globe, including Germany, Cuba, England, China, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, France and Switzerland. Their crowning performance was a headlining debut at a packed Carnegie Hall in May 2013.
Caleb is a Grammy-nominated band leader, executive, producer, author, saxophonist, and founder of Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse, headquartered in Salt Lake City.
As a music educator, Caleb has seen his students be honored with 95 DownBeat Awards. Then-Utah Gov. Gary Herbert presented Caleb with the prestigious 2013 “Governor’s Performing Artist Award,” given to one artist annually for significant contributions to art in Utah.