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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 your nominations for the 2024 Fuqua Alumni Awards. Learn more about our recipients 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

2024 Winner:

Ken ManningKen Manning '85, MBA '90

In recognition of Ken’s investments of time and philanthropic support of the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) ecosystem at Duke, including the creation of a unique business school case study that uses experiential learning, as well as his support of Fuqua student career success by sharing opportunities that arise at his firm.

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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

2024 Winner:

Derrick XiongDerrick Yifang Xiong MMS '13

In recognition of Derrick’s support of the school by helping to enhance Duke and Fuqua’s brand in China, his wise counsel on Fuqua’s East Asia Regional Advisory Board, serving as speaker to share his entrepreneurial experience and insights, and his philanthropic support of 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

2024 Winner:

Lance BrownLance Brown MBA '16

In recognition of Lance’s contributions to the community and unwavering commitment to positive social change, including nationwide donations of personal protective equipment to health care facilities, schools, and organizations; fostering engagement and support of the underserved children and adults in his community, sponsoring local youth sports, and serving on the Boards of Directors for three organizations that support the community.

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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.

2023 Winner:

Michele PayneMichele Payne MBA '87

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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 2024 Fuqua alumni recipients:

Forever Duke Award

  • Caitlyn Aerial Clarke MMS '11 (group)
  • Sherry Ellerbe Gibbs MBA '94 (group)
  • John Lin MBA '99 (individual)
  • Kevin Isaiah Thompson '09, MMS '10 (group)
  • Steven Winkler MHA '78 (individual)

Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award

  • Stacy Glass MBA '99