Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership by the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

The Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, the highest honor awarded by the university, recognizes “achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard.”

“Mathews has advanced Carnegie’s reputation for objective, influential, non-partisan analysis that provides insight into emerging transnational issues and explores collaborative solutions,” said Harry Harding, dean of U-Va.’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, in a statement.

“The award recognizes our belief that a twenty-first century think tank should have an international presence and a multinational outlook, and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Carnegie staff around the world,” said Mathews.

Carnegie has research centers in Moscow, Beijing, Beirut and Brussels, in addition to its headquarters in Washington. A new center is expected to open in India in 2013.

Mathews will be the featured speaker at Monticello’s commemoration of Jefferson’s 269th birthday April 13 on the west lawn of Monticello.

Previous recipients include former Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson, former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan.