The AASCU Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to an individual who has achieved acclaim in his or her field and who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. Through this award, AASCU directs national attention to the value of society’s investment in state colleges and universities.
The nominee must have graduated from an AASCU member institution and be nominated by a president or chancellor. Presidents and chancellors may nominate graduates from any AASCU member institution, not only graduates of their institution. (Please note: Honorary degree recipients and graduates of
nonmember institutions that are part of an AASCU system member are not eligible. Also, elected state and
federal officials currently holding office are ineligible.)
The nominee’s life and accomplishments should exemplify the leadership and distinguished service exhibited by former award recipients. For example, past recipients have contributed to breakthrough medical research, led a newspaper to win three Pulitzer Prizes, and helped
transform the telecommunications industry.