• 2021 DAA Recipient

    Richard R. Arnold II

    American Educator and NASA Astronaut 
    Bachelor of Science, 1985
    Frostburg State University (Md.)

    Press Release

    Richard Arnold receives the 2021 DAA

    Richard R. Arnold II receives the 2021 DAA from Dr. Mildred García.
    Photo Credit: Octavio Jones


    Past DAA Recipients

    2020
    Al Roker, Weather and Feature Anchor of NBC News’ TODAY, Co-Host of Third Hour of TODAY, Bachelor of Arts in Communications, 1976, State University of New York at Oswego 

    2018 
    Brenda J. Hollis, Lawyer
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1968, Bowling Green State University (Ohio) → Press Release

    2017
    Judith Baca, Artist, Educator, Scholar/Activist and Community Arts Pioneer,
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, 1969 and Master of Arts Degree in Art Education, 1980, California State University, Northridge

    2016
    Dr. Doris Taylor, Director of Regenerative Medicine Research at the Texas Heart Institute, Bachelor of Science, 1997 graduate of Mississippi University for Women

    2015
    Kathy Best, Editor, The Seattle Times, Masters of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting, 1990 graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield

    2014
    Dr. Michael Marletta, President and CEO of The Scripps Research Institute, 1973 graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia

    2013
    Ivan Seidenberg, Former Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., 1972 graduate of Lehman College – City University of New York

    2012
    Julius Chambers, Noted Civil Rights Attorney and Educator, 1958 graduate of North Carolina Central University

    2011
    Robin Roberts
    , Good Morning America Co-Anchor, 1983 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University

    2010
    General Ann E. Dunwoody
    , Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, 1975 graduate of State University of New York College at Cortland

    2009
    Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1979 graduate of Georgia Southern University

    2008
    Tom Brokaw, Journalist and author, University of South Dakota

    2007
    Nancy Aossey, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Medical Corps (IMC), The University of Northern Iowa

    2006
    Julius H. Jacobson, II, Dr. Emeritus of Vascular Surgery and Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical in New York City, The Unversity of Toledo, Ohio

    2005
    General Tommy Franks, Ret. Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, The University of Texas at Arlington

    2004
    Marvin Hamlisch, Composer and conductor, Queens College, City College of New York

    2002
    Amy Tan, Author, San José State University, California

    2000
    The Honorable Tom Daschle, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate (D-SD); South Dakota State University

    2000
    Robert A. Ingram, Chief Executive, Glaxo Wellcome, plc; Eastern Illinois University

    1999
    General Henry H. Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Auburn University at Montgomery

    1998
    The Honorable Griffin B. Bell, former United States Attorney General; Georgia Southwestern State University

    1997
    Antonia Coello Novello, Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and Special Director for Community Health Policy, former Surgeon General of U.S. Public Health Service; University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

    1996
    Gertrude Belle Elion, Biochemist and Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine; City University of New York, Hunter College

    1995
    Leon M. Lederman, Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Pritzker Professor of Science, Illinois Institute of Technology; City University of New York, City College

    1994
    Sook He Kim, Minister of Education, Republic of Korea; Texas Woman’s University (recipient of the International Distinguished Alumnus Award)

    1993
    R.C. Gorman, Artist and Sculptor; Northern Arizona University

    1993
    Dan Rather, Journalist and CBS News Anchor; Sam Houston State University, Texas

    1992
    General Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; City College of the City University of New York

    1992
    Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author; Mississippi University for Women

    1991
    Mary Lowe Good, Chair, National Science Board, and Senior Vice President, Technology, Allied Signal, Inc.; University of Central Arkansas

    1991
    Douglas J. Heir, world champion wheelchair athlete, legal advocate for senior citizens and persons with disabilities and chairman and chief executive officer, Access, Inc.; Ramapo College of New Jersey

    1990
    Katherine Davalos Ortega, Treasurer of the United States; Eastern New Mexico University

    1990
    Eva Marie Saint, Academy Award-Winning Actress; Bowling Green State University, Ohio

    1989
    James M. Buchanan, Professor, Center for the Study of Public Choice, George Mason University and recipient of Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Middle State University, Tennessee and George Mason University, Virginia

    1989
    Jaime A. Escalante, Teacher; California State University, Los Angeles

    1988
    Shirley Chisholm, Former Congresswoman; City University of New York, Brooklyn College

    1988
    Burl Ives, Singer, Actor, Entertainer; Eastern Illinois University

    1987
    Rosalynn Carter, mental health advocate, author and former First Lady; Georgia Southwestern College

    1987
    Claude E. ZoBell, Professor of Marine Microbiology Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Idaho State University

    1986
    James M. Bowen, Professor of Virology and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System Cancer Center; Midwestern State University, Texas

    1986
    The Honorable Edith Green, Educator and Former Congresswoman from Oregon; Western Oregon State College

    1985
    Jim Davis, Cartoonist; Ball State University, Indiana

    1985
    The Honorable Robert Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas; Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas

    1984
    Val Fitch, James H. McDonnel Distinguished Professor of Physics, Princeton University, 1980 Nobel Prize Winner; Chadron State College, Nebraska

    1984
    Barbara Jordan, Lyndon B. Johnson Public Service Professor, University of Texas, Former Congresswoman from Texas; Texas Southern University

    1983
    Paul Woodring, Distinguished Service Professor, Western Washington University, and Former Editor, Education Supplement, Saturday Review; Bowling Green State University, Ohio

    1982
    John F. O’Connell, Former Chairman, California State University Board of Trustees, and Former President, Bechtel, Inc.; California State University, Chico

    1981
    Merze Tate, International Scholar, Historian, and Former University Professor; Western Michigan University

    1980
    Donald F. McHenry, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Illinois State University

    1979
    Wilson Riles, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of California; Northern Arizona University

    1978
    Ruth Chickering Clusen, Former President of the League of Women Voters and Assistant Secretary for Environment, U.S. Department of Energy; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    1977
    Marvin L. Stone, Former Editor, U.S. News & World Report; Marshall University, West Virginia

    1976
    The Honorable Val Peterson, Former Governor of Nebraska and Former Ambassador to Denmark and Finland; Wayne State College, Nebraska

    1975
    The Honorable Philip Sanchez, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Honduras; California State University, Fresno

    1974
    James A. Michener, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner; University of Northern Colorado

    1974
    Leslie H. Warner, Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, General Telephone and Electronics Corporation; Wichita State University, Kansas

    1973
    Julian Goodman, Former President, National Broadcasting Company; Western Kentucky University

    1972
    President Lyndon B. Johnson; Southwest Texas State University