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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.

2014 Distinguished Alumni

James Morrison
B.S. in Social Studies Education (1960)
Ph.D. in Higher Education (1969)
Distinguished Educator
Phyllis Kalifeh
Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation (2013)
M.S. in Educational Leadership 
Business & Industry
Damon Andrew
Ph.D. in Sports Administration (2012)
Postsecondary Systems: University 
William Roetzheim
B.S. in Physical Education (1952)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Brian Ray
Ed.S. in Higher Education (1995) and
Ph.D. in Higher Education (1998)
Government and Community Service
Mohammed Nadir Atash
Ph.D. in Measurement and Statistics (1982)
Cristian Carranza
B.S. in Science Education (1995)
K-12 Education


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