On January 29, 2014, President Steven Knapp awarded International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa the George Washington University President's Medal, the highest honor the university president can bestow. Mr. Hoffa was first elected Teamsters General President in 1999, and was subsequently reelected in 2001, 2006 and 2011. At the award ceremony, IBT Communications Director Bret Caldwell introduced Mr. Hoffa, President Knapp read the award citation, and Mr. Hoffa made a brief acceptance speech, declaring that he had been the recipient of many awards but this was the one he felt proudest and most honored to receive. President Knapp and Mr. Hoffa both applauded the partnership between GW and the IBT in creating the Labor History Research Center as part of GW Libraries' Special Collections. Refreshments and a toast to Mr. Hoffa followed the formal event.