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Distinguished Alumni


About the Awards

Established more than 25 years ago, the College of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards provide an avenue of honoring graduates of the College who have distinguished themselves through scholarly, creative and humanitarian achievement and service to their profession.

The annual awards are given in five categories:

  • Distinguished Educator
  • Business and Industry
  • Government and Community Service
  • International
  • K-12 Education
  • Postsecondary Systems
    • Community College Setting
    • University Setting

Each year, recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by an esteemed committee of College of Education Emeritus Faculty. They are honored by the College of Education Dean and administrative leadership members, department chairs, faculty, family and friends at an awards dinner held during COE Week festivities.

2013 Distinguished Alumni

Jan Visser
Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design (1989)
Distinguished Educator
Laurence Hewick
Ph.D. in Comparative Leadership Styles (1979)
Business & Industry
Robert Breuder 
Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration (1972)
Postsecondary Systems: Community College
James Morrison 
B.S. in Social Studies Education (1960) and
Ph.D. in Higher Education (1969)
Postsecondary Systems: University 
William Roetzheim
B.S. in Physical Education (1952)
Lifetime Achievement Award
P.C. Wu
M.S. in Educational Leadership (1969) and
Ph.D. in Education Leadership (1973)
Government and Community Service
Johnson Odharo
Ph.D. in Adult Education, Measurement, and Evaluation (1985)
Thomas Weightman
B.S. in Physical Education (1957) and
M.S. in Education (1961)
K-12 Education


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