2016 Alumni of the Year Award Recipients

The Alumni Association salutes University of Arizona alumni for their achievements, public service, advocacy for education, volunteerism and service to students, the colleges and the university.

Click on each award winner's name to watch a video about their career and accomplishments.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Tireless advocate and leader in the fresh produce industry.


College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Long-serving champion of CAPLA’s advancement.


College of Education

Distinguished advocate for education, community engagement and philanthropy.


Eller College of Management

Successful owner of a television commercial production company and ardent supporter of Eller.


College of Engineering

Leader in the energy services industry.


The Honors College

Passionate physician who has dedicated her career to improving lives in underdeveloped countries.


College of Humanities

Accomplished 40-year professional with the U.S. Department of State.


James E. Rogers College of Law

Prominent Las Vegas attorney and passionate supporter of the College of Law.


College of Medicine - Tucson

Highly regarded clinician, pediatrician and researcher who served as a medical director at the National Institutes of Health.


College of Nursing

Dedicated leader in research and care for vulnerable populations including the aging and those with cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.


College of Optical Sciences

Accomplished optical engineer serving as manager of the Physics-Based Microsystems Department at Sandia National Laboratories.


College of Pharmacy

Veteran of five decades at the College of Pharmacy; curator of the UA Pharmacy Museum.


Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Global leader and innovator in predicting and preventing threats to public health.


College of Science

Recognized leader in astronomy who currently is the executive officer of the American Astronomical Society.


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Opal Tometi
Visionary writer, strategist and community organizer; co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.