BYU honors director in U.S. court system


L. Ralph Mecham, director of the administrative office of the U.S. Court System, received the 1992 Administrator of the Year Award from the BYU Institute of Public Management at a banquet Feb. 27.Brother Mecham is a gospel doctrine teacher in the Potomac South Ward, Washington D.C. Stake. He has served as a stake president and regional representative.

The faculty of the BYU Institute of Public Management selected Brother Mecham as the award recipient because of his high ethical standards and his long career in developing many areas in government, reported N. Dale Wright, the institute's director.

Brother Mecham was appointed to his current post in 1985 by Warren E. Burger, then chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He provides administrative support to every U.S. circuit court of appeals, district court, magistrate court and bankruptcy court in the United States. He also helps prepare the judicial budget.

After more than 13 years in Washington, Brother Mecham returned to Utah for four years where he was a vice president at the University of Utah and dean of continuing education programs. He also helped establish the University of Utah Research Park.

He returned to Washington as special assistant to the Secretary of Commerce for Regional Economic Coordination. Brother Mecham was also co-chair of the Four Corners Regional Economic Development Commission, which is a presidential appointment requiring Senate confirmation. He also served as vice president of the Anaconda Company.

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