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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Celebrating Dedicated Broncos

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alum. Every year, the Alumni Association honors excellence by bestowing a number of awards to alumni with outstanding achievements. These individuals exemplify the loyalty, passion and innovation found in all dedicated Broncos. Honorees are recognized at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala during Homecoming. Nominations are due March 1.

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About the Awards

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • Marianna V. Budnikova '13, '14

    Marianna Budnikova '13, '14

    Senior Android Software Engineer, Dropbox Inc.

    College of Engineering
  • Caleb Cram '21

    XR Software Engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center and Verizon

    College of Innovation and Design
  • Tony Fitzpatrick '88, '95

    Tony Fitzpatrick '88, '95

    Head Athletic Trainer, Timberline High School

    College of Health Sciences
  • Kay Hardy '74, '84

    Kay Hardy '74, '84

    Governor’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award; Former Idaho Commission on the Arts Chair; President, Idaho Trout Company; President, The Hardy Foundation, Inc.; Director, The Egyptian Theatre Company

    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tim Lowe '91, '99

    Principal, Taft Elementary; Adjunct faculty member, Boise State’s Educational Leadership program (MEd)

    College of Education
  • Mike Mers '92

    Founder and CEO, Aspen Capital Management

    College of Business and Economics
  • Stacy Pearson '95

    Stacy Pearson '95

    Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration, Washington State University, formerly served as the Chief Financial Officer at Boise State University for over twelve years.

    School of Public Service

2022 Distinguished Alumni Service Award Recipients

  • Patrick Fithen '08

    CEO, A Body & Mind Health Services

    Social Science and Criminal Justice
  • Tucker Robb '11

    Tucker Robb '11

    Construction Operations Manager, McMillen Jacobs Associates; President, Boise State Construction Management Alumni Chapter

    Construction Management

2022 Honorary Alumni Distinguished Service Award

  • John Grizzaffi

    John Grizzaffi

    Owner, JW Thornton Wine Imports

Past Recipients

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