Mike Splinter Honored as Education Champion

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(L-R ) SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry, New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman and Applied Materials Executive Chairman Mike Splinter at SVEF's Pioneers & Purpose dinner.

Congratulations to Executive Chairman Mike Splinter on receiving the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's (SVEF) Pioneer Business Leader Award for driving change in business and education philanthropy by using his passion and influence to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

During a decade at the helm of Applied Materials as CEO, Mike worked tirelessly to improve the Valley through strategic social investments and a long-term focus on preparing students for academic success. Applied has a long-standing commitment to improving local communities and contributes $1.5 million a year to K-12 education in Silicon Valley. Over the past 12 years, the company’s Education Initiative has helped to increase high school graduation rates in downtown and eastside San Jose with a focused, ongoing approach to improve student achievement and teacher professional development across the entire educational pathway.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of SVEF’s prestigious Pioneers & Purpose event celebrating education and benefitting local programs for public school children and teachers. Acclaimed New York Times columnist Tom Friedman was also honored as a champion of education reform, as were four recipients of the 2014 STEM Innovation Awards for their work inspiring students in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.Mike Splinter & New York Times columnist Tom Friedman were honored by SVEF for championing education.

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