The University of St. Thomas

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

Leadership and service.

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award honors an alumnus/alumna for leadership and service to St. Thomas, the community and in his or her field of endeavor. Since 1971, the Alumni Association has honored an individual each year for their extraordinary achievement.

The award is presented annually with the Humanitarian Award, Monsignor James Lavin Award, Professor of the Year, and Tommie Award. The 2014 awards were presented at the St. Thomas Day Dinner on May 7, 2014.

Know an alumnus/alumna that is deserving of an award? Click here to submit a nomination.

2014 Award Recipient
2014 Award Recipient
Ron L. Fowler '66

St. Thomas trustee Ron Fowler has had great success in the beverage-distribution industry, in professional and collegiate sports involvement, and in higher-education leadership.

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2013 Award Recipient
2013 Award Recipient
The Rev. Dennis J. Dease ’72 M.A., ’73 M. Div.

Father Dennis Dease, retiring as president of St. Thomas after 22 years in that position, has had a long career of service and pastoral care in the church and in education.

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2012 Award Recipient
2012 Award Recipient
Bernadeia Johnson ’93 M.A.

Bernadeia Johnson is the superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools. She was a member of the first cohort of St. Thomas' Collaborative Urban Educator (CUE) program.

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2011 Award Recipient
2011 Award Recipient
Timothy Flynn '79

Tim Flynn is chairman of KPMG International, one of the country’s “Big Four” accounting and auditing firms. He serves also on the University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees. 

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2010 Award Recipient
2010 Award Recipient
Ron Peltier '73

Ron Peltier is the chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based HomeServices of America, the holding company of Edina Realty and the nation’s second-largest full-service, independent, residential real estate brokerage firm.

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Click here to see prior recipients.

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ustalumni@stthomas.edu.