Distinguished Alumna to Receive 2021 Presidential Medal

Eileen Filler Corn '86 honored for contributions that better the Ithaca College community and our world.

Eileen Filler-Corn

Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, the first woman in the 402-year history of Virginia’s legislature to hold the position, rose to this role after representing the 41st House District for a decade, making her the fastest person to ascend to the post.

Filler-Corn has devoted her career to public service. She was an original organizer of the Million Mom March, acting as the vice president and chair of the Northern Virginia chapter in 2001. Prior to her election to the House, she served in the administrations of Virginia governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. She has spent her time in the legislature as a listener and problem solver, delivering results that move her community forward and advocating for everyone equally regardless of background, circumstance, or ideology. She has introduced, championed, and passed legislation that has made Virginia a safer, stronger, and more equal Commonwealth.

A politics major at Ithaca College, Filler-Corn founded the College Democrats and organized a visit to Ithaca by Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first woman nominated for national office by a major party when she served as Walter Mondale’s vice-presidential running mate in 1984. After graduating in 1986, Filler-Corn went on to receive her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

The Presidential Medal

First awarded in 2019, the Ithaca College Presidential Medal was created as a way to honor an individual or a group whose significant contributions better our Ithaca College community and our world. The recipient must capture the spirit of Ithaca College by demonstrating a deep dedication to the importance of intellectual growth; a commitment to the evolution of character, identity, and spirit; and a strong sense of service and sustainability that is greater than oneself.

The Ithaca College Presidential Medal is a replica of the medallion given to graduating IC students at Commencement to commemorate and forever connect to this celebratory occasion and this tremendous honor.