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UHCL Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors University of Houston-Clear Lake graduates who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to the institution. The UHCL Alumni Association has presented the Distinguished Alumni Award since 1984.

Completed nomination forms must be submitted to the Office of Alumni and Community Relations no later than April 30 of each year. For more information, call 281-283-2021, or send an e-mail to

Award Selection Criteria

Eligibility: A nominee is eligible to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award if he/she has received a degree or teacher’s certification from UHCL and has substantially met the following criteria:

  • Nominee must be distinguished in his or her chosen business, profession or life work, and has received previous recognition from contemporaries.
  • Nominee must be a person who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to community service.
  • Nominee must be a person who, in deeds and actions, reflects and recognizes the importance of his or her education through involvement with the university or within his or her local community.
  • Nominee must be able to accept the award in person at the annual UHCL Alumni Celebration dinner.
  • Nominee must not be a current member of the Alumni Association Executive Council.

Number of Awards

The association shall confer the Distinguished Alumni Award on one or more individual(s) in any one year. The awards shall be conferred each year unless there are no qualified nominees.

Nomination Form

Download a Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form (PDF)

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Carolyn Ann Lightfoot, '90 MA
Kevin C. Wooten, '76 BA, '78 MA

E. Michael Fincke, '01 MS
Charles F. Hall, Jr., '97 MBA
Natalie V. Saiz, '91 MA
Diane Davies Vest, '87 BBA

Cris C. Daskevich, '97 MHA/MBA
Douglas W. Hiser Jr.,'96 BA
Juan Manuel Traslaviña, '87 BS, '93 MS

Craig A. Cordola, '98 MHA/MBA
Bernard A. Harris, Jr., '99 MBA
Stephen K. Jones, Jr., '96 MHA/MBA
E. J. "Joe" King, '77 BS

Cynthia L. Howard, '81 MS
Lee M. E. Morin, '09 MS
Rebecca Lynn Reitz, '90 BBA
Marilyn S. Sims, '88 BS
Greg Smith, '84 MS
Maura Walsh, '83 MA

Richard H. Anderson, '77 BS
Christopher J. Culbert, '86 MS

Russell P. Austin, '80 MA
Dilhar Mihidu De Silva, '91 BS, '94 MS
Preston Johnson, Jr., '83 MBA
Michael L. Landolt, '85 BS
Katherine Keys Reeves, '98 BBA

Marilyn Kurtz Lunney, '93 MA
Keith A. Parrott, '95 MHA
Rosalind Calvert Perez, '93 Mid-Management Certificate

Robert C. Garcia, '76 BBA
Lucille Pack Gedies, '93 MBA
Darla Schneider McKitrick, '92 MS

Arnold Adair, '88 Mid-Management Certificate,
'99 Superintendent Certificate
Kimberly Campbell, '87 BBA, '92 MBA
Randy Garner, '86 BS, '89 MA
Charles A. McClelland, Jr., '00 MA

Teresita Z. Hernandez, '80 MS
Leslye King Mize, '80 MA
Janet (Pepperday) Kelly, '85 MS

Guion S. Bluford, Jr., '87 MBA
Emmeline Dodd, '80 MS
Sandra Mossman, '87 Mid-Management Certificate,
'87 Supervisor Certificate

Marjorie H. Jacobson, '84 BA
Frank Perez, '82 MA
Jennie Ward Robinson, '92 BS


J. Pamela Culpepper-Cronk, '80 BS, '83 MA

Tina Farrell, '85 MA, '93 Mid-Management Certificate, '09 EdD
Russell Meyers, '86 MS
Patricia Potter Wilson, '79 MS
Victoria I. Yamasaki, '88 BS

Gerald J. Clause, '78 MS
Dawn M. Korman, '81 BS
Katherine Tamer, '77 MS

Mary E. Ainslie, '75, BBA, '78 MS
Sandra Johnson, '82 MBA

Michael Merkel, '90 BA, '94 MA

Linda Wooten Robinson, '78 MA, '82 Mid-Management Certificate,
'86 Supervisor Certificate

Susan Garman, '89 BS
David T. Vandewater, '77 MS
Ann Wismer-Landolt, '77 MS

Raymond J. Khoury, '80 MS
Jane B. Reeves, '81 MS

Steve Phelps, '80 BBA

Charles A. Biggs, Sr., '84 BA, '87 MA

Story Musgrave, '87 MA

Micheal A. Reeves, '77 MS

Peggy (Lathlaen) Channing, '82 MS

William Gresco, '80 MS

Kippy Payne Caraway, '77 BA, '85 MA

Elizabeth Finck Leibfried, '79 MA
Marilyn K. Wiley, '82 MBA, '83 MS


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