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The Academy of Distinguished Alumni honors West Virginia University graduates who have attained national or international distinction in their profession or discipline. The award has been established by the West Virginia University Alumni Association in cooperation with the University’s 14 schools and colleges. Nominations can be submitted electronically through October 31, 2015 (for consideration for 2015) or anytime thereafter for future nominations.

Since 1988, this prestigious award has been bestowed on nearly 100 West Virginia University alumni, including Jerry West, David Selby, Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Rod “Hot Rod” Hundley, Sam Huff and Gen. Robert H. Foglesong.

2015 Inductees

The 2015 Academy of Distinguished Alumni will be held Friday, February 20, 2015. This year’s class includes Judith Hayes (‘82 BS, ‘83 MS), Chief of Biomedical Research & Environmental Sciences Division NASA Johnson Space Center; Dr. Thomas Menighan (‘74 BS Pharm, ‘14 ScD – Hon), Executive VP & CEO, American Pharmacists Association; Dr. Rustin Moore (‘86 BS), renowned equine researcher and Associate Executive Dean and Executive Director of Veterinary Medical Center at The Ohio State University; and James Valenti (‘00 BM), an internationally acclaimed operatic tenor. The group was honored during a special induction ceremony at The Erickson Alumni Center on Feb. 20.

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How are inductees selected?

Inductees are nominated by the general membership of the Alumni Association or their respective schools or colleges. Information on the honorees is permanently displayed in The Erickson Alumni Center . To be considered for this prestigious recognition, nominees must hold a degree from West Virginia University; he/she should be recognized in his/her profession at the national or international level; and he/she cannot be present WVU, WVU Alumni Association, or WVU Foundation, Inc. employees. (However, this would not necessarily exclude members of the Board of Governors, Foundation Board, etc.).

WVU Alumni Association membership/support, WVU support, WVU Foundation, Inc. support or monetary support to any of these three are not limiting factors for nomination.

How can I nominate an alumnus/a?

You can nominate individuals for this award by completing the on-line form or by downloading/completing the nomination form and submitting it, along with all required documentation, to the WVU Alumni Association at P.O. Box 4269, Morgantown, WV 26504-4269. Nominations for the 2016 Academy of Distinguished Alumni can be submitted by October 31, 2015. Nominations can be submitted at any time throughout the year for consideration the following year. Inductees will be selected in Fall 2015. The 2015 Academy of Distinguished Alumni will take place in February 2015.