2011 Alumnus of the Year Award Winners

“It has been said that the reputation of a university can be determined by the success of its alumni,” said Melinda Burke, president and executive director of the UA Alumni Association. “The Alumnus of the Year award winners represent what’s best about this university from alumni who have made significant contributions to all facets of society.” 
 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Robert F. Charles Jr. ’62 
Tireless volunteer and visionary working to improve communities.
College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture 
Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthi ’90 ’92 
Leading figure in virtually all dimensions of sustainable urban development in his home country of Oman.
College of Education 
Jane A. Russo ’72 ’77 
Dedicated educator and tireless advocate for educational excellence who made history as the first woman appointed superintendent of the largest school district in Orange County, California.
Eller College of Management 
Lisle W. Payne ’64
Influential supporter and lifelong advocate for innovation, entrepreneurship, and educational leadership at the UA and beyond.
College of Engineering 
Vahan G. Garboushian ’66 
Key player and supporter of the UA’s leadership in developing solar technologies.
College of Fine Arts 
Peter D. Murrieta ’88 
Emmy Award-winning writer and producer using his enthusiasm and expertise to help UA College of Fine Arts students.
Honors College 
Gene Y. Bukhman ’96 ’96 ’99 ’01 ’01 
Humanitarian improving public health in the developing world and among the poorest populations of Africa.
College of Humanities 
Peggy Z. Shumaker ’74 ’79
Acclaimed poet and writer passionately committed to supporting UA students and the UA Poetry Center.
James E. Rogers College of Law 
Marcia K. ’54 and Richard D. Grand ’58 
Dedicated benefactors of the University of Arizona, the James E. Rogers College of Law, and the community.
College of Medicine
Volker K. H. Sonntag ’71 
Renowned neurosurgeon devoted to advancing medicine and promoting excellence in academics, teaching, and clinical care in Arizona.
College of Nursing 
Jean M. Baruch ’97 ’10 
Founder of a global nonprofit organization providing art-in-medicine programming to support youth with life-threatening illnesses.
College of Optical Sciences 
Kenneth E. Moore ’91 
Scientist and founder of the company producing the most-widely used optical-design software in the world.
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Fletcher J. McCusker ’74 
Visionary leader for downtown Tucson and dedicated community volunteer.
University of Arizona South 
Beverly R. Enriquez ’97 ’04 
Leader in improving quality of education for students throughout southern Arizona.