2017 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 Education

Accomplished and highly regarded educator who is committed to improving the lives of all students.  


Eller College of Management

Successful accounting executive and dedicated philanthropist committed to improving the Eller College and the Tucson community. 


College of Engineering

 Impactful business leader responsible for promoting international standards for business and engineering ethics with lifelong dedication to the university.


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Active philanthropists who are passionate about students and who have greatly impacted the university for generations.  


College of Science

Internationally recognized researcher making significant strides in parasite biology and working to improve health on a global scale.


James E. Rogers College of Law

Distinguished leader with business acumen, financial expertise and leadership skills that provide service to the legal profession, the country, his clients and the UA College of Law.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dedicated leader in the fields of education, agriculture and business, and a tireless advocate for CALS, the university and land-grant education.


College of Medicine – Tucson

Maternal-fetal research pioneer who has gained global recognition for her work. A tireless and caring physician, professor and colleague.


College of Humanities

Accomplished space exploration researcher, professor and principal investigator in OSIRIS-REx asteroid-return mission.   


College of Pharmacy

Highly successful private real estate investment banker whose high ethical standards, re-enforced by the College of Pharmacy, play a continual role in his success.  


College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Advocate for women in architecture and role model committed to the communities in which she works.


College of Optical Sciences

Extraordinary optical and mechanical engineer, eye surgeon and businessman with a relentless desire to improve ophthalmic treatment worldwide.


College of Nursing

Nationally and internationally recognized nursing expert dedicated to preparing the next generation of nursing systems researchers.


College of Fine Arts

Professional stage actor and commercial voice talent with an impressive and unique career performing nationally for decades on public radio.

The Honors College

Highly awarded political officer who has dedicated his life to public service through work in diplomacy, international development and peace building.