Distinguished Alumni Award

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2016 Joseph Evans (SIAS '00)
Ben Warner (SIAS '09, '11)

Justina Johnson
(Education '00)

Kathy Bressler
(Nursing '00)


Jessica Gavre
(BASW '07, MSW '11)

Sarah Ryker
(Liberal Studies '94)

2013 John Harrison
(MBA '03)
2012 Krista Haugen
(MN '98)
2011 Delilah Bruskas
(MN '06)
2010 Timothy McClung
(IAS '93)
2009 Janet Runbeck
(MN ’06)
2008 Dawn Morrell
(BSN ’95)
2007 Eric Stowe
(IAS ’01)
2006 Allison Drago
(Education ’02)
2005 Pat McCarthy
(Liberal Studies ’92)
2004 Sally York
(BSN ’94, MN ’01)

The University of Washington Tacoma’s Distinguished Alumni Award was first presented in 2004 to recognize truly outstanding women and men who have had an inspirational impact on students and the community and made significant contributions to their profession and community service. By honoring our former students we hope to inspire today’s students to strive for both personal and professional success.

Nominations are accepted from individuals, organizations and businesses. Alumni, faculty and staff throughout the UW Tacoma community are encouraged to nominate distinguished alumni.

Nominations for the 2017 award are being accepted until June 23, 2017.

Nominate an alum


To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must have earned a University of Washington Tacoma degree, professional certification or, in special cases, have attended the university at least two years and have graduated from another accredited college or university.

A candidate must have made outstanding contributions in one or more areas of society including, but not limited to, professional, academic and personal achievements, and service to the university.

  • Role Model: Candidate inspires excellence in others.
  • Outstanding Success: Candidate has made a significant contribution to career achievement.
  • Impact: Candidate's accomplishments have a long-lasting effect on his or her business and/or community.
  • Community Service: Candidate has demonstrated a visible commitment to the well-being of the South Sound region, state, nation or world.

Selection Process

Information about each nominee is shared with the UW Tacoma Alumni Council. A majority vote by the council determines whether a nominee should receive the award. In the event of a tie vote, multiple awards may be conferred at the discretion of the council and chancellor. Recommendations for award finalists are submitted to the chancellor for approval.