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About the Alumni Awards

For over 30 years, Fuqua has been recognizing alumni for their contributions. Fuqua alumni awards are presented each spring and celebrate the accomplishments of those who make an impact on the Fuqua community and the world at large. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to nominate distinguished Fuqua alumni for one of the awards below. Award winners are selected by a committee of Fuqua alumni and staff. Please note: Current Fuqua students, current members of Fuqua’s Board of Visitors, Alumni Council, Minority Alumni Advisory Board, and Health Care Alumni Advisory Board are not eligible to receive an award while they are serving on a board.

Thank you for submitting your nominations for this year's awards. Our 2023 winners are below!

Alumni Impact Award

  • Recognizes individuals or teams who have helped advance Fuqua by investing their time and energy on a specific project
  • Recipients are honored for their willingness to work out unique solutions that create positive outcomes and for taking the initiative to benefit the Fuqua community with their time, energy, and talents

2023 Winner:

Melvin HinesMelvin Hines, Jr. JD '09, MBA '11

In recognition of Melvin’s work to build and strengthen the entrepreneurship community at Fuqua, both in and out of the classroom, through his collaboration in developing a teaching case, meeting with aspiring student-founders, and serving as a mentor to help guide students’ entrepreneurial process.

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Award for Exemplary Service

  • Recognizes individuals who demonstrate a dedication to the school through their time, energy, talents, or financial support
  • Recipients have given their time to connecting their classmates, alumni programming, board service, student engagement, engaging their employers to the benefit of Fuqua, and/or providing service to fellow alumni, current students, and faculty

2023 Winners:

Jacob MullinJacob Mullin MBA '15

In recognition of Jacob’s leadership in building and promoting the Fuqua alumni community in DC, his service on the Duke DC Regional Board, his ongoing efforts to connect the Daytime MBA Class of 2015 as their Class Communications Chair, and his generous philanthropic support of the school.

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David NowakDavid Nowak MBA '08

In recognition of David’s dedication to enriching curriculum, developing coursework, and sharing lived experience in private equity with students, faculty and staff, as well as his philanthropic investments in the school.

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Leader of Consequence Award

  • Recognizes alumni whose exemplary professional accomplishments are matched by the significant positive social or environmental change they have created
  • Recipients use their Fuqua training to make a difference both inside and outside of their employment setting

2023 Winner:

Namita ThaparNamita Thapar MBA '01

In recognition of Namita’s leadership and advocacy for improving women’s health standards and access in India, her mentorship of and investment in entrepreneurs, her wise counsel on Fuqua’s India Regional Advisory Board, and her philanthropic support of the school.

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Fuqua Award Winners from Across Duke

May-Penn Award of Excellence

This award was established in 2006 in honor of Owen May MBA '83 and Derek Penn '79, MBA '84 for their longstanding commitment, leadership, and exemplary service to The Fuqua School of Business. The May-Penn Award of Excellence is the highest honor Black and Latino alumni can bestow upon a peer.

This award will honor the alumnus/alumna who actively participates in annual events, is accessible to students, and is connected to the broader community through his/her interaction with the faculty and administration. The recipient of this award should be recognized as a leader within the Fuqua community as well as in his or her profession. The individual recognized with the May-Penn Award of Excellence is an inspiration to those around him/her and a role model to those coming after him/her.

2022 Winners:

Thomas KellerThomas Keller

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Lucy ReubenDr. Lucy Reuben

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Duke Alumni

Duke Alumni Association Awards

Each year, Duke Alumni Association also honors a handful of individuals who embody the spirit of Forever Duke and advance the Duke ideal of knowledge in service to society. Listed below are the 2023 Fuqua alumni recipients:

Forever Duke Award

  • Chidi Ervin Erike MBA '12 (Individual)
  • Gerard E. Raho MBA '86 (Group)