Outstanding Alumni Award

For more than a decade, Walden has recognized the achievements of our graduates through the Outstanding Alumni Award. This honor is given each year to a graduate who exemplifies Walden’s mission to effect positive social change through contributions to his or her profession, discipline, or community.

Meet Our Award Winners

2015: Crystal Johnson
Crystal Johnson 
Answering the call to battle Ebola
2014: Dr. Walter McCollum
Dr. Walter McCollum
Effecting positive change in South Africa, Haiti, and Costa Rica

2013: Dr. Jonas Nguh
Dr. Jonas Nguh
A commitment to volunteering
2012: Dr. Tia Campbell
Dr. Tia Campbell
Creating continuing education for nurses
2011: Dr. Gary Bickford
Dr. Gary Bickford
Comprehensive healthcare for the underinsured
2010: Ivy Garcia Zwicker
Dr. Garcia Zwicker
Advocate for autism treatment
2009: Dr. Prince Augustine Ordu
Augustine Ordu
Helps make clean water available in Nigeria
2008: Dr. Souror Baetjer
Dr. Souror Baetjer
Began continuing education allied health program
2007: Dr. Leo Parvis
Dr. Leo Parvis
Teaches cultural diversity and managing diversity
2006: Dr. David Boyd
Dr. David Boyd
U.S. Department of Homeland Security technology innovator
2005: Dr. Sharon Freeman
Dr. Sharon Freeman
Advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce

2004: Dr. Freida Pemberton

2003: Dr. Michael Wanko

2002: Dr. Craig Swenson

2001: Dr. Joy Erlichman Miller


Nominate a Graduate

All faculty and alumni can nominate a graduate who best exemplifies Walden’s mission for the Outstanding Alumni Award by submitting the following:

  • Online nomination form
  • 500-word essay describing how the nominee has used his or her degree to make exceptional contributions to a profession, discipline, or community since graduation
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Supporting videos, photos, or online images

The next nomination phase will begin in spring 2015.