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The Maryland Awards

The Maryland Awards

Each year, we celebrate and honor the achievements of seven outstanding Terps at A Celebration of Terps: Featuring The Maryland Awards. These awards recognize fearless alumni who have risen to the highest levels of public service, launched successful companies and made groundbreaking discoveries. Past award recipients can be viewed here.

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Award Categories


Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductee
Honors an alumnus/a who has received state, national or global fame for their significant, positive impact on society. This award is presented to our most notable alumni who instill Maryland pride and reflect the core values of the university.

President’s Award
Honors an alumnus/a or community member who has achieved national recognition for excellence in his/her profession or field. This award is presented to our most noteworthy alumni who excel in their field.

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Honors an alumnus/a under 35 years old who has completed their undergraduate degree within the last 10 years and has distinguished themselves personally and professionally. This award is presented to an accomplished alumnus/a who is on the rise.

Spirit of Maryland Award
Honors an alumnus/a or community member who reflects the best of the university spirit. This award celebrates those who embody and inspire Maryland pride.

Tyser Gottwals Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has demonstrated outstanding service to the university, gifting their time and/or talents. This award is named for Ralph J. Tyser ’40 and Abram Z. Gottwals.

Elaine Johnson Coates Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has made a significant and sustained contribution that fosters diversity and inclusion nationally and/or globally. This award is named for Elaine Johnson Coates ’59, who is also the inaugural recipient.

Do Good Award
Honors an alumnus/a who has provided extraordinary service to the world and who represents the ideals of Doing Good.

Nomination Process


Nominations are collected annually from May 10 - July 15. Nominations for 2023 awards will open soon.

  • All members of the Terp community are welcome to submit a deserving alumnus/a for one of the highlighted above (self-nominations are also accepted).
  • Alumni may be nominated for more than one award.
  • Nominations must be submitted electronically through the online nomination form which consists of:
    • Nominator's contact information
    • Nominee’s contact information
    • The nominator's personal case for why this candidate should receive the award
    • Any supporting documentation

Selection and Recognition

  • All nominations must be received by July 15
  • All nominations will be reviewed by the University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors (BOG) awards & recognition committee. The committee will make selections and recommendations to the BOG executive committee and university leadership who will confirm the selections.
  • There is one recipient per award.
  • Acceptance of the award is contingent upon attending the Celebration of Terps event.

The Maryland Awards Archive - President's Distinguished Alumnus Award

2022 Dr. Sherita Hill Golden MD, MHS ‘90
Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, John Hopkins Medicine
2021 Jody K. Olsen Ph.D. ‘79
Former Peace Corps Director
2019 V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP® ‘70
Chair/CEO, ProVise Management Group, LLC
2016 Kevin Plank '96
Founder & CEO, Under Armour
2013 Harvey L. Sanders `72
Former President and CEO, Nautica Enterprises Inc. 
2012 Edward Snider '55
2011 William E. Mayer '66, M.B.A. '67
2009 Robert Fischell M.S. '53, D.Sc. (Hon.) '96
2008 Lt. Gen. Julius Becton, Jr. (Ret.) M.A. '67
former commissioner, American Battle Monuments Commission
2007 Michael D. Griffin Ph.D. '77
administrator, NASA
2006 Robert M. Parker, Jr. '70
publisher, The Wine Advocate
2005 Jeong H. Kim Ph.D. '91
president, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Inc.
2004 Charles Fefferman '66, Ph.D. (Hon.) '79
2003 Herbert Hauptman Ph.D. '55, D.Sc. (Hon.) '85
president, Hauptman-Woodward Institute
2002 Gordon England '61
deputy secretary, Homeland Security
2001 John Apel '57, M.S. '61
president, Global Ocean Associates
2000 Carleton Fiorina M.B.A. '80
CEO, Hewlett Packard
1999 Norman "Boomer" Esiason '84
Maryland quarterback; NFL MVP; founder, Boomer Esiason Foundation
1998 Odonna Mathews '72, M.B.A. '82
vice president for consumer affairs, Giant Foods
1997 Robert H. Smith '50
president, Charles E. Smith Construction, Inc.
1996 Joseph Gildenhorn '51
ambassador to Switzerland
1995 James D. McGroddy '65
vice president of research, IBM
1994 Joseph R. Hardiman '59
president, NASDAQ
1993 Ruth M. Davis M.A. '52, Ph.D. '55
scientist
1992 Joseph D. Tydings '51
attorney, former U.S. Senator
1991 Michael D. Dingman D.B.M. (Hon.) '89
chairman, Henley Group
1990 Jane N. Henson '55
vice president, Jim Henson Associates
1989 Jay Nussbaum '66
vice president, Xerox
1988 Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr.
retired chairman, Joint Chiefs
1987 George V. McGowan '51
president, BG&E
1986 Allen J. Krowe '54, B.D.M. (Hon.) '94, Sr.
vice president, IBM
1985 James W. Rouse
founder, Rouse Company
1984 John M. Dennis '43
dean, University of Maryland Medical School
1983 Waldo H. Burnside '49
president, Carter Hawley Hale
1982 Louis L. Goldstein D.P.S. (Hon.) '89
comptroller, State of Maryland
1981 A. James Clark '50
president, Clark Enterprises
1980 The Hon. Harry R. Hughes '49
former governor, Maryland
1979 James M. Henson '60
creator of "The Muppets"
1978 James H. Kehoe, Jr. '40
athletic director, University of Maryland
1977 The Hon. Charles M. Mathias
U.S. Senator
1976 Steny H. Hoyer '63, D.P.S. (Hon.) '88
president, Maryland Senate
1975 Jane Cahill Pfeiffer '54, Litt.D. (Hon.) '79
vice president of communications, IBM

H. Russell Knust '40
vice president, Bethlehem Steel

1974 Robert C. Murphy '48
chief judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland
1973 David K.E. Bruce '22
ambassador to Great Britain, West Germany and France

Mary Stallings Coleman '35
judge, Michigan Supreme Court

1972 Marvin Mandel '39
former governor, Maryland
1971 Arthur B. Hersberger '32, M.S.'33, Ph.D. '36
executive vice president, Atlantic Refining Co.
1970 Samuel J. LeFrak '40, D.P.S. (Hon.) '90
chairman, LeFrak Organization
1969 Carlisle Humelsine '37
president, Historic Williamsburg Foundation
1968 Galo Plaza
former president, Ecuador and secretary general of OAS
1967 John W. Smith '21
chairman, Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
1966 Russell W. McFall '49
chairman, Western Union
1965 Jerome S. Hardy '39
publisher, "Life" magazine

The Maryland Awards Archive - Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

2022 Cedric Nwafor '18
Executive Director, ROOTS Africa
2021 Jazz Lewis '11, MPP '14
Democratic Caucus Chair, Maryland State Delegate
2019 Jonathan Fix '16
Founder and Chairman, Terps Against Hunger
2016 Ali von Paris '12
CEO & Founder, Route One Apparel
2013 Kevin M. Schoonover `06
Director of Strategy and Business Development, Alliant Techsystems
2012 Eddie Frederick '03
2011 Joshua K. Goldstein '05
2009 D. Haroon Mokhtarzada '01
Zekeria Mokhtarzada '01
2008 Christina M. Lagdameo '98
Social Welfare Advocate
2007 Michael R. Kerr '99
founding principal, Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School
2006 E. J. Henderson '02
linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
2005 Sujal M. Patel '96
founder and chairman, Isilon Systems, Inc.
2004 Kevin Plank '97
2003 Sergey Brin '93
2002 Aaron McGruder '98
2001 Craig A. Thompson '92
2000 Ranjit S. Dhindsa '91, '92
1998 Patti Kim, '92
author
1997 Brian LeGette '89
entrepeneur
1996 Martin B. Goldberg '84
attorney, Lash & Goldberg

The Maryland Awards Archive - Spirit of Maryland

2022 Kirk Bell '88
Director, Enterprise Data, Fannie Mae
2021 Johnny Holliday
Voice of Maryland Basketball and Football (UMD Athletics)
2019 Anne S.K. Turkos
University Archivist Emerita
2016 Michael '81 and Mary M. Dana
CEO & President, Onex Real Estate Partners, and Four-Time Terp Parents
2013 Waldo H. `49 and Jean C. Burnside `50
Emeritus Trustee and Alumni Hostess
2012 Cliff '54 & Camille Kendall
2011 Charles '65 & Judith E. '66 Iager
2006 John "Jack" '47 and Jacqueline '49 Heise
long-time supporters of Maryland

The Maryland Awards Archive - Tyser Gottwals Award

Please note this award was established in 2004. It combines the Abram Z. Gottwals Award presented first in 1965, and the Ralph J. Tyser Medallion presented first in 1992. Both awards were presented for service to the university, and now one award bears both names.

2022 Jeremy D. Rachlin, ESQ. '02
Principal, Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld
2021 Wanda Alexis Alexander '81
President and CEO, WAA-LLC
2019 Steve Leonard '78
President and CEO American Bus & Sprinter Vans
2016 Robert Bedingfield '70
Retired Senior Partner, EY
2013 Erik B. Young, M.D. `74
Benefactor
2012 Leo Van Munching, Jr. '50
2011 John M. Brophy '71
2009 Alma Gildenhorn '53
2008 Pedro E. Wasmer '62
retired president, Somerset Capital Group, Ltd.
2007 Marilyn Berman Pollans M.A. '73, Ph.D. '79
retired associate dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering
2005 Marvin J. Perry '53

The Maryland Awards Archive - Elaine Johnson Coates Award

2022 Reginald Dwayne Betts ’09
Founder and Director, Freedom Reads
2021 Joseph Kunkel M.Arch. ’09
Principal, MASS Design Group; Director, Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab
2019 Elaine Johnson Coates ’59
LCSW-C

The Maryland Awards Archive - Do Good Award

2022 Lumnwi Audrey Awasom ’18
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Noble Uprising
2021 Seth Statler MBA ’87
Director of Government Affairs, National Fire Protection Association
2019 Linda Powers ’15
2019 DDS candidate, University of Maryland School of Dentistry