Regents Awards

The Regents' Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education was created in 1996. This award was established to recognize groups or individuals who make important and lasting contributions to the higher education system in Arizona. Former Regent Donald Ulrich developed the concept for the 10 pound bronze sculpture of a globe with a mortar board and diploma.

The cost of creating and casting the bronze award is entirely funded by private contributions from current and former Regents. Nominations are made by or through any current or former Regent. 

2017 Regents' Award Recipients

Jerry Hirsch

Left to right: ASU President Michael Crow, Jerry Hirsch, Regent Bill Ridenour

Jerry Hirsch, J.D., is the founder and chairman of The Lodestar Foundation, an organization that encourages philanthropy, public service, volunteerism and nonprofit organization collaboration. Lodestar projects include: the Lodestar Day Resource Center, the coordinating center for providing homeless services at Phoenix’s Human Services Campus; the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, which educates philanthropists and nonprofit professionals; and the Nonprofit Collaboration Database. Lodestar has facilitated the successful implementation of hundreds of nonprofit collaborations across the world. Because of Lodestar’s work, Mr. Hirsch was recognized by Barron’s Magazine as one of the world’s 25 most effective philanthropists. Lodestar has partnered with ASU in support of higher education, including the me3 tool, providing high school students with a path toward college and developing the Lodestar Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Hirsch was instrumental in creating the Social Venture Partners International network, and he is on the advisory board of the Global Leadership Foundation, the East-West Institute and the U.S. / MiddleEast Project, Inc.

Frank Besnette

Left to right: NAU President Rita Cheng, Frank Besnette, Regent Bill Ridenour

Frank Besnette, Ph.D., a tireless champion of public higher education during his 35-year career in Arizona, began as an assistant professor of business at Northern Arizona University and later served as the college’s dean, becoming its initial Hall of Fame inductee. He served NAU in several top positions including executive vice president where he devoted his talents to modernization of financial systems, campus renewal and beautification, and represented former President Eugene Hughes and NAU to local, state and federal governments. For over two decades he was actively involved in outreach and service to the Flagstaff community. His many contributions to NAU and Flagstaff are reflected in honors, which include the NAU Alumni Distinguished Faculty award, Homecoming dedicatee and Flagstaff citizen of the year. Mr. Besnette continued his higher education advocacy when he became Arizona Board of Regents executive director in the 1990s where he was known for his commitment to quality and access to higher education for all Arizonans.

Rufus Glasper

Left to right: ABOR President Eileen Klein, Rufus Glasper, Regent Bill Ridenour

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement with more than 500 member institutions. Dedicated to improving student and organizational learning, the league makes a positive difference for students and communities. Mr. Glasper is chancellor emeritus of the Maricopa Community Colleges and served as co-committee chair for the Lumina Foundation “Getting AHEAD” initiative that was at the heart of the systemic pathways programs between Arizona’s community colleges and public universities. These programs have proved to be essential and effective ways for students to earn degrees from Arizona’s public universities and have created a national integration model. Mr. Glasper served with former Gov. Janet Napolitano as co-chair of the P-20 Council that was designed to improve education in Arizona, and he has served on numerous national, regional and state boards. He earned his doctorate of philosophy in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.

2015 Regents' Award Recipients

Wayne Doran

Left to right: Regent Ram Krishna, ASU President Michael Crow, accepting on behalf of Mr. Doran

Wayne Doran is committed to the advancement of education and dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams of higher education. His philanthropic spirit extends to the advancement of Arizona State University where he attended college as a first generation student and graduated from the business school in 1956. He has focused on transforming the lives of students at his alma mater after a successful career through the Doran Community Scholars Program that he and his wife, Maureen, established with a $1 million gift in 1997 to support first-generation students like himself who graduated from the Phoenix Union High School District. Funds are awarded to students with the most need to provide access to education in alignment with ASU’s mission. Recipients are provided with academic and personal coaching, and they participate in community service, professional and engagement activities and a senior trip to Washington D.C. More than 100 scholars have graduated from the program in the past 18 years. Doran is also a member of the ASU Foundation Board of Directors, President’s Club and Board of Trustees.

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

Left to right: David Engelthaler and Jeffrey Trent of TGen, NAU President Rita Cheng, Regent Ram Krishna

Focusing on earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments, the Translational Genomics Research Institute develops tools to fight cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other diseases. Led by Jeffrey Trent, Ph.D., TGen has strong ties to Northern Arizona University, notably through TGen’s Pathogen Genomics Division - TGen North - led by NAU Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology Paul Keim, Ph.D., and David Engelthaler, Ph.D., the director of programs and operations for TGen North and a graduate of NAU. A recent example of research success between TGen and NAU is a joint patent announced in August of 2014 for a pandemic H1N1 flu test, the second joint patent between the two organizations. This partnership also benefits the state by contributing to Arizona’s intellectual capital and its highly skilled workforce as well as bringing in external funding in support of research. Students directly benefit through first-hand experiences as interns and employees. TGen and NAU’s relationship exemplifies the power of collaboration and the impact of the biosciences on Arizona’s economy and its citizens.

J. David and Edith S. Lowell

Left to right: J. David and Edith S. Lowell, UA President Ann Weaver Hart, Regent Ram Krishna

J. David and Edith S. Lowell are distinguished alumni of the University of Arizona and are among the institution’s greatest supporters. Through their vision, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources was brought to fruition and they have supported the Geosciences Field Camp as well as establishing the J. David Lowell Graduate Scholarship in Geosciences. Mr. Lowell, one of the best known graduates of the Arizona College of Mines and the College of Science Geosciences/Geology Department, published 50 articles and received 35 professional awards, including the prestigious Society of Mining  Engineers and Society of Economic Geology awards. He is an inductee of the National Academy of Engineering, received three honorary degrees and was the subject of an autobiography published by the University of Arizona press. Mrs. Lowell was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi and earned an UA athletic letter sweater. A 70-year history of involvement with Arizona Athletics began in 1945 when Mr. Lowell was a member of the UA football team, and the Lowell’s have made two of the largest gifts in Arizona Athletics history

2014 Regents' Award Recipients

Regent Award

Harry Hengl

Left to Right: Harry Hengl, NAU President John Haeger

A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Mr. Hengl has led a distinguished career as a high school educator until his retirement, and then became the managing member of Western Financial Partners, LLC, a mortgage purchasing company in Yuma. Mr. Hengl’s work with NAU is exemplary. His involvement includes being a member of the NAU-Yuma Branch Campus Advisory Board, immediate past chairman of NAU Foundation Board, member and past president of the NAU International Alumni Association, current co-chair of the state-wide Coalition for Solutions through Higher Education, and member of the Leadership Council for the College of Education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

For the past 21 years, Mr. Hengl has been instrumental in the organization of the NAU Classic Golf Tournament which has provided thousands of dollars for scholarships for local students to attend NAU in Flagstaff and Yuma. He also is actively involved with the P.R.I.S.E. Program, a grant program which aids in training Yuma-area students to become special education teachers. In recognition for his service to NAU, in 1996 Mr. Hengl was awarded the NAU Alumni Service Award and in 1997 the Distinguished Alumni Award from NAU for his work in education. 

Regent Award

Julie Ann Wrigley

left to right: ASU President Michael Crow, Julie Ann Wrigley

Ms. Wrigley’s generous support of ASU began in 2002 as a founding co-chair of Women & Philanthropy to forge connections between the university and the community that expanded and generated increased commitment to ASU. Since her initial involvement, Women & Philanthropy has awarded $2.26 million in grants supporting faculty research and student scholarships. In 2004, Ms. Wrigley’s leadership and major gift supported the creation of the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, a strategic hub responsible for advancing the university’s education, research and operations related to sustainability.  The Institute of Sustainability gave rise to the development in 2007 of the ASU School of Sustainability – the world’s first school of sustainability - founded with Ms. Wrigley’s significant investment and leadership. That same year, determined to foster continuous improvement, Ms. Wrigley graciously presented ASU with an additional $10 million investment in 2007 to recruit four of the world’s leading sustainability scholar-researchers to fill professorships focused on the renewable energy systems, sustainable business practices, global environmental change and complex systems dynamics (which involves the conceptual modeling of human-environmental interactions). Ms. Wrigley is also the founder and co-chair, along with Rob Walton, chairman and CEO of Wal-Mart, and ASU President Michael Crow, of the Board of Directors for Sustainability at ASU.

Regent Award

Thomas Keating

left to right: UA President Ann Weaver Hart,Thomas Keating

Mr. Keating, a 2000 graduate of the University of Arizona, served as president, CEO and chairman for 23 years of American Protective Services, a company founded by his father, which grew to become the fourth largest security guard contracting company in the United States with 19,000 employees.  Mr. Keating has donated his time and resources to countless UA projects, colleges and departments.  He served seven years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and chaired it.  He is in his eighth year of service on the Foundation Board of Directors and is chair-elect.  Mr. Keating and his wife, Reenie, have made major donations to the Alumni Association, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Colleges of Agriculture, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Honors, and also Campus Life.  Additionally, the Keatings have supported generously the BIO5 Institute, which is housed in the building that bears Mr. Keating’s name and where Keating serves on the BIO5 Business Advisory Board. Other projects the Keatings have supported are the Alumni Plaza, Women's Plaza, the 1885 Society, Dance and a host of smaller opportunities.

2012 Regents' Award Recipients

James and Jo-Ann Armstrong

Jim and Jo-Ann Armstrong have translated the success of JDA Software Group, Inc., into their passion for providing committed service to others through the Armstrong Family Foundation. The scholarship program they established for four students at Arizona State University (ASU) in 1999, and which now supports 20-25 students each year, seeks to replace, to the extent possible, the financial and personal support that is missing from the lives of some students as a result of personal circumstances beyond their control. Thus, the program supports Arizona residents who are orphans, wards of the court, in foster care, or otherwise are qualified independent students.

Joel Sideman

For over 22 years, Joel Sideman steadfastly dedicated his career to higher education and the Arizona Board of Regents. Under his leadership, the Board of Regents achieved important milestones for higher education that continue to return invaluable outcomes for our state. Mr. Sideman was truly a master strategist and highly regarded leader who ensured a strong relationship between the Board and the Governor’s office, legislative staff, the universities and community constituencies. Mr. Sideman’s leadership and counsel ensured continuity to the Board through an ever-changing roster of Regents and ably kept the Board on course to achieve critical outcomes for higher education.

Norman and Frances McClelland

The late Frances McClelland (UA class of 1944) and her brother Norman McClelland (UA class of 1949) have provided major financial support to the University of Arizona colleges of business, agriculture, science and humanities and to the current Student Union Building. They have demonstrated their devotion to their alma mater with countless gifts and by serving the institution in numerous capacities. Among numerous gifts bestowed by the McClellands, of note are the Frances McClelland Chair established in memory of Frances, and the seed money provided by the McClellands for the now named Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families. The McClellands also provided a transformational gift to the Family and Consumer Sciences division of the College of Agriculture which played a large part in the construction of that building, now housing the John and Doris Norton School. The UA named the building McClelland Park in honor of the generosity of the McClelland family.

William A. Franke

In May 2007, William Franke made a $25 million commitment to Northern Arizona University (NAU) to what is now the NAU W. A. Franke College of Business. The $25 million commitment is the largest in NAU history and is used for scholarships, faculty development and program development. Mr. Franke is especially interested in recruiting and retaining underrepresented and first-generation students into the business college. The contribution has allowed the college to strengthen its focus on an undergraduate core centering on strategic business planning.

2011 Regents' Award Recipients

Arizona Students' Association ‎

For more than 35 years, ASA has advocated on behalf of current and future Arizona University System students and supported higher education throughout the state. ASA’s first advocacy effort in the mid-1970s focused on obtaining a student voice on the Board of Regents. In 1978, the organization successfully passed legislation allowing a non-voting student member to join the Board and in 1989, ASA championed the legislation that granted the Student Regent a vote. The organization again expanded the role of the Student Regent in 2000, garnering support for a measure that created two-year appointments to the Board – the first year as a non-voting member.

ASA worked closely with the universities and the legislature to create the Arizona Financial Aid Trust (AFAT) in 1989, and to expand state support for the program in 2006. AFAT is the state’s largest financial aid program, serving needy students with a dedicated student surcharge matched by state general fund dollars. For decades, ASA has championed efforts to limit the cost of university attendance. In addition to offering tuition proposals each year, the organization helped to achieve a deliberative tuition-setting process with ample time and opportunity for students and families to comment on the University Presidents’ tuition proposals. Additionally, over the decades, ASA successfully spearheaded numerous efforts to publish course fees, find mechanisms to limit textbook costs and help ease transfer between community colleges and the universities. Most recently, ASA actively supported and coordinated efforts to help pass Proposition 100 – the one-cent sales tax initiative that benefitted education.

Bruce and Robert Crozier

Bruce Crozier is the owner of Crozier & Corbett Realty, Inc. He founded the A. Bruce and Margaret Crozier Scholarship Endowment in memory of his wife, Margaret, to honor her service to NAU and the Flagstaff community, and has set up a Charitable Remainder Trust with NAU as trustee. He was a member of the NAU Foundation board of directors for nearly 20 years and has been a member of the Skyjacks. Bruce Crozier graduated from NAU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1954. Robert (Bob) Crozier, during his nearly 40-year career with NAU, worked in Alumni Relations, University Advancement, Career Services and the NAU Foundation. Bob Crozier has been been instrumental in helping NAU secure lifetime relationships with Flagstaff’s business and residential community, NAU alumni, statewide organizations and legislative leaders. He was recently appointed a Lifetime Member of the NAU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, and has established the Bob & Joy Crozier Leadership Award. Bob Crozier graduated from NAU with a Bachelor of Science in the Teaching of Social Science in 1953 and a Master of Education in Counseling in 1971.

Stephen Evans ‎

Mr. Evans has been a supporter of higher education for more than a quarter of a century. His commitment of time, leadership and philanthropy has strengthened the connection between higher education and the economic and social progress of our state. A leading business executive and graduate of the W.P. Carey Business School, he has received the school’s Distinguished Achievement Award and is a member of the Hall of Fame. He is past chair of the Dean’s Council of 100 and currently co-chairs the school’s building committee. An ASU Foundation Trustee, Evans is particularly proud of his leadership with SkySong, ASU’s Innovation Center in Scottsdale. SkySong is ASU’s platform for collaboration with industry and research commercialization. In a few short years, SkySong has become home to 67 companies; created over 1000 jobs and contributes an estimated $113.6M annually to the Arizona economy. Steve and Ardie Evans currently co-chair the ASU Presidents Club. Mr. Evans has also served on the University of Arizona Phoenix Biomedical Campus oversight board. Expand/Collapse Recipient : Stevie and Karl Eller ‎(1) Mr. and Mrs. Eller have demonstrated their lifelong commitment to higher education through deep investments in the University of Arizona, from which they both graduated in the 1950s. Their generosity of time and resources exemplifies what concerned and dedicated private individuals can do to enhance higher education opportunities for residents across the state of Arizona. For over 25 years, Karl Eller has been instrumental in enhancing the development and growth of the college now known as the Eller College of Management. In addition to the millions of dollars the Ellers have provided to support the College’s programs, Karl Eller has served on the judging panel of the annual business plans competition since its inception in 1985 and solicits the participation of the Anheuser-Busch Entrepreneur-in-Residence each year. Stevie Eller is also involved with the Eller School of Management, including the annual presentation of the Stevie Eller Enterprise Creation Awards, scholarships given to undergraduate and graduate MBA students who have excelled academically and who show promise as future entrepreneurs and community leaders. Eller’s love of dance, which was fostered as a member of Orchesis while a student at the UA, prompted her to become a lead supporter of the UA’s School of Dance. This support resulted in her gift that helped create the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre in 2003.

2010 Regents' Award Recipients

Bruce and Diane Halle

Bruce and Diane Halle are inspiring exemplars of community commitment and education advocacy. Whether in Arizona, Massachusetts or Michigan, or as far away as Scotland and Italy, the Halle name has come to represent steadfast support for the advancement of education and research across a spectrum of diverse disciplines. Bruce is the founder and chairman of Discount Tire Company and Diane serves as president of the Bruce T Halle Family Foundation, which was founded eight years ago to champion educational initiatives, access to the underserved, women’s and children’s issues, medical research, and the arts. The Halle’s have demonstrated their appreciation and support of higher education by generously offering their time and resources to support the progress and success of Arizona communities. These endeavors have encompassed more than fifteen years of active involvement with ASU and the ASU Foundation, including their joint participation as part of the ASU Foundation leadership team advancing ASU’s vision for a New American University./p>

Harold and Marion Elliott

The lifetime dedication of Harold and Marion Elliott to Arizona State College and Northern Arizona University spans more than 60 years. They have distinguished themselves since the late 1940s in many influential roles including students, community leaders, committed donors, foundation board members, alumni board president, mentors, and dignitaries. Harold Elliott received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State College in 1949, and completed his masters from Arizona State College in 1951. Marion Elliott also received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State College in 1952, and completed her master’s degree from Arizona State College in 1956. She dedicated her career and personal achievements to education and the arts throughout Arizona and he dedicated his career to teaching and school administration primarily in Mohave and Yuma counties and they have devoted their lives to the spirit of giving and broad reaching philanthropic endeavors.

Selma Paul Marks

Selma Paul Marks graduated from the University of Arizona in 1946, and received her law degree from the UA College of Law in 1956. She was appointed by Pima County Attorney Raul Castro to Assistant Attorney General working in the Family Support Division in 1957. Ms. Marks and her husband established a lecture program at the UA Law College in 1979, with an endowment to the University of Arizona Foundation. The family established this in memory of her father-in-law, Isaac Marks. A Lifetime Achievement Award from the UA College of Law noted that Selma is representative of those women who had the courage and dedication to enter a program that was all but foreclosed to their gender and in doing so, managed to continue her responsibilities as a wife and mother. Selma has been a tireless leader in numerous civic organizations, including the Arizona Opera Company Board of Directors and Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona. She also established a Marks Fund at Tucson Medical Center to assist employees in financial need. She has an enduring commitment to family, education and public service.

2009 Regents' Award Recipients

Craig and Connie Weatherup

Mr. and Mrs. Weatherup generously dedicate their time, talents and resources to advancing the educational experiences of our next generation of Arizona leaders. In addition to being extremely active members of the ASU community, Craig serves as co-Chair of the Solutions Through Higher Education Initiative. As philanthropists, Connie and Craig are leaving a lasting legacy to Arizona higher education. They have made more than 100 gifts for various purposes since 1985, including the lead gift for the Weatherup Center basketball practice facility and financial support for student athletes through the Adopt-a-Devil and Sun Devil Legacy campaigns. The Weatherup Family Foundation has also liberally supported ASU and the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company has donated to ASU nearly 35 times in the past 20 years, due to Craig’s timely intercession. Craig and Connie Weatherup are keenly interested in the welfare of the communities in which they live, and are deeply committed to building a better future through active engagement and generosity.

Joseph and Marie Rolle

Mr. and Mrs. Rolle have dedicated their lives to the betterment of Northern Arizona University. They have been the essence of what Educational Excellence represents, and their ongoing commitment to higher education has spanned more than 70 years, beginning in the late 1930’s and continuing today as they regularly participate in campus events and activities. They have distinguished themselves in one or more forms as student, athlete, employee, alumni board president, donor, supporter and dignitary of Arizona State College and Northern Arizona University since the late 1930’s. Joseph and Marie Rolle remain involved in student recognition programs, academic gatherings, alumni outreach events, sporting activities to support the Lumberjacks, alumni board meetings, class reunions and donor recognition events. Mr. and Mrs. Rolle continuously give back to the university through financial contributions and donations to support special projects and scholarship funds.

Sarah Smallhouse

Ms. Sarah Smallhouse currently serves as co-Chair of the Solutions Through Higher Education Initiative and has made countless contributions to the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Foundation. She is a true philanthropist and is highly dedicated and committed to enriching opportunities in higher education to promote a better quality of life in Southern Arizona. The time and energy she invests in higher education are enhanced by her financial commitments to the university. In 2006, through the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation, she generously established two $1 million endowed scholarship funds in the College of Engineering and in the Eller College of Management. The Brown Family Foundation added another $1 million to the engineering fund in 2007. Last year, the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation endowed three faculty chairs totaling $6.5 million.

2007 Regents' Award Recipients

Craig and Barbara Barrett

Craig and Barbara Barrett are synonymous with service to higher education. Their commitment to the advancement of ASU and Arizona’s higher education community is represented by their contributions to our institutions. The Barrett’s established the endowment that gives the Barrett Honors College its name. This school, in which the Barrett’s remain intimately involved, has become the nation’s leading honors college, and the home of future leaders for the sate and the nation. Mrs. Barrett is a three-time ASU alumna, an accomplished attorney and former federal official and has been recognized for her professional success and devotion to ASU. Dr. Barrett has been recognized for his efforts in improving K-20 education and preparing today’s students for the demands of the future workforce.

Dorothy Hunt Finley

Ms. Dorothy Hunt Finley’s service to the community, including to the University of Arizona, to Tucson and to Arizona have been extraordinary. She took the lead to raise money for UA women’s sports and convinced others to donate and to attend women’s sporting events, which significantly increased the number fans attending these functions. She has been very generous in supporting individual and community causes and has been a donor to the UA Hispanic Alumni Club and to the Black Alumni Club. In 1989, she was named Tucson Woman of the Year and has continued to accept leadership roles in the area of economic development. She has been a strong supporter of retaining Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson for the good of the economy. Dorothy is praised for her tireless efforts on behalf of causes that positively affect others.

The Late Marvin Morrison and June Morrison

Through their tireless efforts, the late Marvin Morrison and his wife, June Morrison, have advanced agricultural and business education in Arizona’s universities, particularly Arizona State University. The Morrisons’ support for ASU agribusiness and resource management programs, as well as the College of Public Programs and the ASU Foundation culminated in a 1997 gift that was instrumental to the development of the ASU Polytechnic campus in Mesa. In recognition for their contributions, this campus is now home to the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness. This contribution ensures that ASU will become the New American University with a focus on practical teaching and use-inspired research that will continue to impact Arizona, the nation and the world.

2006 Regents' Award Recipients

Greater Phoenix Leadership

For nearly a decade, the Greater Phoenix Leadership has taken the lead in advocating for quality education, at all levels, and bringing together the resources to achieve success. The overriding goal for GPL's higher education focus is to create a progressive, globally competitive system with the capacity to match Arizona's rapid growth. This organization played a leadership role on Governor Hull's Task Force on Higher Education and was the primary business group supporting Proposition 301, which to date has provided over $271 million in new revenue for technology and research initiatives at Arizona's public universities. In addition, GPL actively participates on Governor Napolitano's P-20 Advisory Council.

Mary Lou and Ira Fulton

Since 2003, Mary Lou and Ira Fulton have gifted nearly $170 million to Arizona State University. They are considered the most generous and the largest single donors to the university. In December 2005, they donated $100 million, one of the largest single donations in higher education history. Half of this gift was earmarked for the College of Education, where Mrs. Fulton received her bachelor=s degree in 1975. In May 2006, ASU celebrated the naming of its College of Education honoring Mary Lou Fulton. Additionally, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences was renamed to the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and the ASU Foundation Building was renamed to the Fulton Center.

Robert Wick

Robert Wick is co owner of Wick Communications, a company that owns and publishes 39 newspapers throughout Arizona and other parts of the United States. He was one of the founding members of the University of Arizona South Foundation Board and participated on the architectural committee whose mission was to design the UA South=s first administration building. He was also one of the major financial contributors for the construction of this building. Mr. Wick serves on the Astronomy Board at the University of Arizona and helped shift public opinion in support of the Mt. Graham Observatory. He recently provided a major contribution for the establishment of an astronomical observatory on the UA campus.

2005 Regents' Award Recipients

Christopher J. Bavasi

NAU Alum Christopher Bavasi's contributions to Arizona education are extensive. He has served as president of the NAU Foundation, as a member of the Search committee for the past two NAU presidents, and as a community advisor to every NAU president since J. Lawrence Walkup. An avid support of the Athletic Department and the Sky Jack Organization for the past 35 years, he is currently working with former ASU President Lattie Coor and the Center for the Future of Arizona.

James E. Rogers

UA Alum James E. Rogers' contributions to Arizona education include service as co-chair of "Campaign Arizona," the University of Arizona's capital campaign, his phi8lanthropic gifts to the College of Law, Eller College of Management, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and his commitment of time and energy to numerous university initiatives, including alumni association activities and hosting luncheon discussion with students.

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has been an active support of Arizona higher education, especially Arizona State University. The endowment for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing will provide an international hub for creativity and outreach to existing faculty and an artistic and collaborative haven for developing artists, writers, and scholars. The Trust has also made possible an online book club to bring prize winning authors, students, and community residents together, community writing seminars, online writing courses for statewide outreach and mentoring, and student and faculty outreach to local school districts.

2004 Regents' Award Recipients

Arizona Public Service/Pinnacle West

APS/Pinnacle West Capital Corporation was recognized for its steadfast support of higher education. Bill Post, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle West, is a strong champion of the universities, and several APS and Pinnacle West officers serve on various university boards and committees. Since 1990, APS and the APS Foundation have donated more than $5 million to the three universities. In addition, APS donated the land for the Karsten Golf Course, scholarships, surplus computers, printing services, volunteers for special events, and other assistance. APS and its local representatives have also worked diligently to lower electrical costs at the universities through improved technology and conservation.

Don Budinger

Don Budinger, chairman and founding director of the Rodel Foundation, was recognized for promoting involvement of the business community with education. He supports the premise that education can address every quality-of-life issue and that the business community bears a significant responsibility to help education do so. Mr. Budinger is a founding member of the board of the Rodel Community Scholars Program at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, providing Business Honors Program students with opportunities for involvement in community issues as part of the undergraduate business experience. This program seeks to enhance the likelihood that students will remain committed to creating solutions to community problems and to increase the rate at which at-risk high school students graduate from state universities.

Louise Solheim

Louise Solheim, chairman emeritus of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, was honored for her influence in university intercollegiate athletics and business education and for her community service. The Solheim family donated $2 million for construction of the Karsten Golf Course and provides scholarships for student-athletes. The family has provided golf equipment and golf facilities and sponsored instructional clinics for Arizona State University and the University of Arizona golf programs. The Solheims also contribute to the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

2003 Regents' Award Recipients

Clinton Pattea and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

President Pattea and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation have been instrumental in support of scholarship programs for all three Arizona universities. They have endowed the universities with $2M in scholarship and program support. Since 1997, over 500 University of Arizona undergraduate and graduate Native American and non-Native American students have received direct financial assistance in the form of scholarships, stipends, student/staff wages, emergency funds, paid internship opportunities, and travel related expenses.

2002 Regents' Award Recipients

Jacquie and Bennett Dorrance

Jacquie and Bennett Dorrance are alumni of The University of Arizona. Their many contributions to Arizona's three state universities include establishing an endowed scholarship for College of Business Honors students at ASU, sponsoring the Dorrance Merit Scholarship, which provides three scholarships at each university for first generation college students, and assisting in establishing outreach efforts at NAU’s Center for Excellence in Education to guarantee Arizona’s critical supply of quality teachers.

Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo’s commitment to Arizona transcends his involvement with professional sports. Colangelo and his wife, as well as the team charities, have made substantial contributions to a variety of programs at Arizona’s three state universities, including support of the UA’s Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center, service on the Executive Committee of the ASU Campaign for Leadership and numerous programs at NAU, such as the Bilby Endowed Chair and the President's Fund for Excellence.

2000 Regents' Award Recipients

Alice "Dinky" and Richard "Dick" Snell

Alice "Dinky" and Richard "Dick" Snell have been long-time supporters of ASU. They have provided leadership to ASU with the Alice Wiley Snell Professorship in Educational Policy Studies, the Richard Snell Presidential Chair and the APS Presidential Chair in Teacher Education.

Nadine and Edward Carson

Nadine and Edward Carson are alumni of ASU. Their generous support has helped several ASU projects, including the Old Main restoration, the Carson's Presidential Chair and the Nadine and Ed Carson Student Athlete Center in Intercollegiate Athletics.

1999 Regents' Award Recipients

Raytheon Systems Company

Raytheon has supported a variety of programs at UA and Arizona State University over the past 18 years. At UA it has provided more than $4 million to such programs as the Colleges of Engineering, Optical Sciences, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and the Arizona Health Science Center's Cancer and Children's Research Centers. It also has given more than $1 million in support to ASU's Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) System Research Center. The recruitment of state university graduates also is a high priority for the company, hiring 59 interns and 35 new graduates from Arizona's public universities in 1998.

Roy Drachman

Roy Drachman has supported several programs at the University of Arizona, including the world renown Drachman Institute, which focuses on land and regional development studies, the Roy P. Drachman Center for Disease Prevention and Health promotion at the UA Health Sciences Center, and a scholarship program at the College of Architecture. He also has provided leadership in fundraising and served as chair of the Century II campaign.

1998 Regents' Award Recipients

Donald Soldwedel

Donald Soldwedel has been a strong supporter of the University of Arizona. He has served on numerous Board and committees and has been a leader in raising funds for university programs. He also was instrumental in the development of Northern Arizona University’s off-campus center at Arizona Western College in Yuma.

Francis McAllister

Francis B. McAllister has generously supported several academic units and other projects at Northern Arizona University. She also founded the Arboretum at Flagstaff, which has become an important research and educational institution. In addition to her support of higher education, she has supported cultural and community endeavors throughout northern Arizona.

1997 Regents' Award Recipients

Phelps Dodge Corporation

The Phelps Dodge scholars program has been providing help to Arizona's students for almost 50 years, providing a total of $5.7 million to help more than 2,000 students since 1949. In 1996 Phelps Dodge provided 30 undergraduate and four graduate engineering and mining scholarships.

Robert and Katherine Herberger

Robert and Katherine Herberger have a long and generous history of providing assistance to ASU, including contributions for the Herberger Center for Design Excellence, the Colleges of Architecture and Environmental Design, Business, Public Programs and Fine Arts as well as scholarships for students.

1996 Regents' Award Recipients

Jim Click

Under the leadership of Jim Click, the Click Automotive Team has launched a scholarship program for children of employees of Click Automotive Team and Arizona Bank. It provides students up to $12,000 in scholarships for university, community college, or vocational school education. The program awarded scholarships worth more than $88,000 to 38 students in 1995, its first year.

The Flinn Foundation

The Flinn Foundation has provided more than $27 million in scholarships to Arizona's public universities in the past 21 years. The Flinn Foundation was established in 1965 by Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Flinn.