Willamette Names Passadore For Leadership Award

Wells Fargo Oregon Regional Chairman George Passadore has been named the 2002 winner of the Glenn L. Jackson Leadership Award.

The award, presented annually by Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, recognizes an individual in business or government who has shown leadership in improving existing conditions, has worked to promote the values of entrepreneurship (innovation, creativity, productivity, quality of life) and has shown a bias for action. The award honors achievement by a leader who recognizes the importance of public-private partnerships and works to provide leadership in both sectors.

Passadore is the 19th recipient of the award. Past winners include Bill and Sam Naito, Gerry Frank, Ken and Joan Austin, and Marty Brantley.

A Portland native, Passadore volunteers as board president of Tri-Met and as chair of the Portland Business Alliance. He also serves on the boards of the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Oregon Business Council, Portland Art Museum, and Holt International Children's Services.

He is a also a past chair of the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation board of trustees; a former board member of the Portland Public Schools Foundation; Associated Oregon Industries; and a past trustee of the Oregon Independent College Foundation.

Passadore joined Wells Fargo in 1962 when it operated in the Northwest as First National Bank of Oregon, and later as First Interstate Bancorp.

Glenn Jackson, for whom the award is named, is considered to have been one of Oregon's most powerful and effective political leaders. He was a personal adviser to six Oregon governors and served on the State Highway Commission for 20 years - 17 as its chairman.