2011 Alumni of the Year

Arizona Alumni salutes University of Arizona alumni for their achievements, public service, advocacy for education, volunteerism and service to students, the colleges and the university.

Robert F. Charles Jr. '62

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Tireless volunteer and visionary working to improve communities.


Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthi '90 '92

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Leading figure in virtually all dimensions of sustainable urban development in his home country of Oman.


Jane A. Russo '72 '77

College of Education

Dedicated educator and tireless advocate for educational excellence who made history as the first woman appointed superintendent of the largest school district in Orange County, California.


Lisle W. Payne '64

Eller College of Management

Influential supporter and lifelong advocate for innovation, entrepreneurship, and educational leadership at the UA and beyond.


Vahan G. Garboushain '66

College of Engineering

Key player and supporter of the UA’s leadership in developing solar technologies.


Peter D. Murrieta '88

College of Fine Arts

Emmy Award-winning writer and producer using his enthusiasm and expertise to help UA College of Fine Arts students.


Gene Y. Bukhman '96 '96 '99 '01 '01

The Honors College

Humanitarian improving public health in the developing world and among the poorest populations of Africa.


Peggy Z. Shumaker '74 '79

College of Humanities

Acclaimed poet and writer passionately committed to supporting UA students and the UA Poetry Center.


Marica K. '54 and Richard D. Grand '58

James E. Rogers College of Law

Dedicated benefactors of the University of Arizona, the James E. Rogers College of Law, and the community.


Volker K. H. Sonntag '71

College of Medicine

Renowned neurosurgeon devoted to advancing medicine and promoting excellence in academics, teaching, and clinical care in Arizona.


Jean M. Barunch '97 '10

College of Nursing

Founder of a global nonprofit organization providing art-in-medicine programming to support youth with life-threatening illnesses.


Kenneth E. Moore '91

College of Optical Sciences

Scientist and founder of the company producing the most-widely used optical-design software in the world.


Fletcher J. McCusker '74

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Visionary leader for downtown Tucson and dedicated community volunteer.


Beverly R. Enriquez

University of Arizona South

Leader in improving quality of education for students throughout southern Arizona.