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.
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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.
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.
Nominations are collected annually from July 3 - January 5 . Nominations for 2024 awards are now open.
- 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 January 5th.
- 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
Dr. Sherita Hill Golden MD, MHS ‘90
Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, John Hopkins Medicine
Jody K. Olsen Ph.D. ‘79
Former Peace Corps Director
V. Raymond Ferrara, CFP® ‘70
Chair/CEO, ProVise Management Group, LLC
Kevin Plank '96
Founder & CEO, Under Armour
Harvey L. Sanders `72
Former President and CEO, Nautica Enterprises Inc.
Edward Snider '55
William E. Mayer '66, M.B.A. '67
Robert Fischell M.S. '53, D.Sc. (Hon.) '96
Lt. Gen. Julius Becton, Jr. (Ret.) M.A. '67
former commissioner, American Battle Monuments Commission
Michael D. Griffin Ph.D. '77
Robert M. Parker, Jr. '70
publisher, The Wine Advocate
Jeong H. Kim Ph.D. '91
president, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Inc.
Charles Fefferman '66, Ph.D. (Hon.) '79
Herbert Hauptman Ph.D. '55, D.Sc. (Hon.) '85
president, Hauptman-Woodward Institute
Gordon England '61
deputy secretary, Homeland Security
John Apel '57, M.S. '61
president, Global Ocean Associates
Carleton Fiorina M.B.A. '80
CEO, Hewlett Packard
Norman "Boomer" Esiason '84
Maryland quarterback; NFL MVP; founder, Boomer Esiason Foundation
Odonna Mathews '72, M.B.A. '82
vice president for consumer affairs, Giant Foods
Robert H. Smith '50
president, Charles E. Smith Construction, Inc.
Joseph Gildenhorn '51
ambassador to Switzerland
James D. McGroddy '65
vice president of research, IBM
Joseph R. Hardiman '59
Ruth M. Davis M.A. '52, Ph.D. '55
Joseph D. Tydings '51
attorney, former U.S. Senator
Michael D. Dingman D.B.M. (Hon.) '89
chairman, Henley Group
Jane N. Henson '55
vice president, Jim Henson Associates
Jay Nussbaum '66
vice president, Xerox
Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr.
retired chairman, Joint Chiefs
George V. McGowan '51
Allen J. Krowe '54, B.D.M. (Hon.) '94, Sr.
vice president, IBM
James W. Rouse
founder, Rouse Company
John M. Dennis '43
dean, University of Maryland Medical School
Waldo H. Burnside '49
president, Carter Hawley Hale
Louis L. Goldstein D.P.S. (Hon.) '89
comptroller, State of Maryland
A. James Clark '50
president, Clark Enterprises
The Hon. Harry R. Hughes '49
former governor, Maryland
James M. Henson '60
creator of "The Muppets"
James H. Kehoe, Jr. '40
athletic director, University of Maryland
The Hon. Charles M. Mathias
Steny H. Hoyer '63, D.P.S. (Hon.) '88
president, Maryland Senate
Jane Cahill Pfeiffer '54, Litt.D. (Hon.) '79
vice president of communications, IBM
H. Russell Knust '40
vice president, Bethlehem Steel
Robert C. Murphy '48
chief judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland
David K.E. Bruce '22
ambassador to Great Britain, West Germany and France
Mary Stallings Coleman '35
judge, Michigan Supreme Court
Marvin Mandel '39
former governor, Maryland
Arthur B. Hersberger '32, M.S.'33, Ph.D. '36
executive vice president, Atlantic Refining Co.
Samuel J. LeFrak '40, D.P.S. (Hon.) '90
chairman, LeFrak Organization
Carlisle Humelsine '37
president, Historic Williamsburg Foundation
former president, Ecuador and secretary general of OAS
John W. Smith '21
chairman, Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
Russell W. McFall '49
chairman, Western Union
Jerome S. Hardy '39
publisher, "Life" magazine
Cedric Nwafor '18
Executive Director, ROOTS Africa
Jazz Lewis '11, MPP '14
Democratic Caucus Chair, Maryland State Delegate
Jonathan Fix '16
Founder and Chairman, Terps Against Hunger
Ali von Paris '12
CEO & Founder, Route One Apparel
Kevin M. Schoonover `06
Director of Strategy and Business Development, Alliant Techsystems
Eddie Frederick '03
Joshua K. Goldstein '05
D. Haroon Mokhtarzada '01
Zekeria Mokhtarzada '01
Christina M. Lagdameo '98
Social Welfare Advocate
Michael R. Kerr '99
founding principal, Achievement First Crown Heights Charter School
E. J. Henderson '02
linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
Sujal M. Patel '96
founder and chairman, Isilon Systems, Inc.
Kevin Plank '97
Sergey Brin '93
Aaron McGruder '98
Craig A. Thompson '92
Ranjit S. Dhindsa '91, '92
Patti Kim, '92
Brian LeGette '89
Martin B. Goldberg '84
attorney, Lash & Goldberg
Kirk Bell '88
Director, Enterprise Data, Fannie Mae
Voice of Maryland Basketball and Football (UMD Athletics)
Anne S.K. Turkos
University Archivist Emerita
Michael '81 and Mary M. Dana
CEO & President, Onex Real Estate Partners, and Four-Time Terp Parents
Waldo H. `49 and Jean C. Burnside `50
Emeritus Trustee and Alumni Hostess
Cliff '54 & Camille Kendall
Charles '65 & Judith E. '66 Iager
John "Jack" '47 and Jacqueline '49 Heise
long-time supporters of Maryland
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.
Jeremy D. Rachlin, ESQ. '02
Principal, Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld
Wanda Alexis Alexander '81
President and CEO, WAA-LLC
Steve Leonard '78
President and CEO American Bus & Sprinter Vans
Robert Bedingfield '70
Retired Senior Partner, EY
Erik B. Young, M.D. `74
Leo Van Munching, Jr. '50
John M. Brophy '71
Alma Gildenhorn '53
Pedro E. Wasmer '62
retired president, Somerset Capital Group, Ltd.
Marilyn Berman Pollans M.A. '73, Ph.D. '79
retired associate dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering
Marvin J. Perry '53
Reginald Dwayne Betts ’09
Founder and Director, Freedom Reads
Joseph Kunkel M.Arch. ’09
Principal, MASS Design Group; Director, Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab
Elaine Johnson Coates ’59
Lumnwi Audrey Awasom ’18
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Noble Uprising
Seth Statler MBA ’87
Director of Government Affairs, National Fire Protection Association
Linda Powers ’15
2019 DDS candidate, University of Maryland School of Dentistry