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Alumni Association Awards

The James Madison College Alumni Association(JMCAA) Board of Directors sponsors two annual awards to honor distinguished alumni and friends of the college. The Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Alumni awards have been established to acknowledge those individuals who have significantly contributed to the college. Distinguished and Honorary Alumni are nominated by fellow alumni and members of the college faculty and administration. 

JMCAA encourages alumni, faculty, staff and friends to submit nominations of qualified candidates at any time. Please provide a letter of recommendation which includes examples of the nominee's dedication to James Madison College and his/her professional and personal accomplishments. To make a nomination or if you have any questions, please contact Rocky Beckett. The deadline to make nominations is December 15 of each year for the nomination to be considered for presentation at the next spring commencement. 

Distinguished Alumni Award:

  • Must be an alumnus/a of James Madison College.
  • Must have achieved prominence in their field.
  • Must have demonstrated service to James Madison College.

Honorary Alumni Award:

  • Non-graduates of James Madison College whose efforts have significantly contributed to the progress and development of the college.


  • Distinguished Alumni
    2021 Stephen O. Murray (posthumous)
    2019 Anne Mervenne
    2018 Mary Kay Henry
    2017 Kathleen Romig Krepps
    2016 Frederick Headen
    2016 Derek J. Sarafa (posthumous)
    2015 Terry Terry
    2014 Daniel Oginsky
    2013 Mary Norton McConnell
    2012 Charles Kalil
    2011 Mary Lynn Noah
    2010 Dayne Walling & Carrie Booth Walling
    2009 Randall Smith
    2008 Jeff Williams
    2007 Marilyn J. Darling
    2006 Jeffrey Cummings
    2005 Celia V. Martin
    2004 Teresa A. Sullivan
    2003 Nell Hennessy
    2002 Steven Webster
    2001 Wallace Jefferson
    2000 Richard Cordray
    1999 Paul Long
    1998 Bryce Sandler
    1997 Michael McConnell
  • Honorary Alumni
    2021 Keelung Hong 
    2020 Curtis Stokes
    2019 Donna Hofmeister
    2018 Robert Green
    2017 Rajmohan Gandhi
    2015 Kenneth Waltzer
    2014 Richard Zinman
    2013 Jackie Stewart (Posthumous)
    2012 Michael Schechter
    2011 Jonas Zoninsein (Posthumous)
    2010 Katherine O’Sullivan See
    2009 R. William and Claudia Holland
    2008 Douglas Hoekstra (Posthumous)
    2007 Robert Banks
    2006 Jack Paynter (Posthumous)
    2005 Ronald Dorr
    2004 Michael Rubner
    2003 Burton Gerber
    2002 Barbara Steidle
    2001 Louis Hirsh
    2000 Dixie Platt
    1999 David Porteous
    1998 Gordon Guyer
    1997 Herbert Garfinkel
    1996 Barbara Sawyer-Koch