The University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Awards


Dream Big. Dream Gold.

This fall, six groundbreaking graduates will join the long list of Hawkeye luminaries who have received the University of Iowa's highest alumni honor. Since 1963, the UI has recognized its world-changing graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

From visionaries in health care and the performing arts to dedicated volunteers, this year's recipients continue the tradition of Hawkeye excellence.


2023 Award recipients

Louis Crist (60BA, 81MA)

Hickerson Recognition Award

For more than 40 years, Lou Crists unmistakable voice has echoed across Kinnick Stadium and at bowl games, parades, and other events.

As the inspiring voice of the Hawkeye...

Chad Greenway (05BA)
Jenni Capista Greenway (05BBA)

Recent Graduate Award

Chad Greenway and Jenni Capista Greenway have translated their leadership as top Hawkeye student-athletes into a legacy of community service. The couple is passion...

Thomas James Johnsrud (66BSPh)

Achievement Award

Thomas T.J. Johnsrud is a visionary in health care, business, and service to others. For the past 50 years, he has cultivated a pharmacy in Conrad, Iowa, into a multifaceted orga...

Robert Mitchell (62BA)

Service Award

Bob Mitchell is renowned across Iowa for his human resources expertise as well as a lifetime of volunteerism to UI alumni organizations, Kiwanis, and other endeavors near and dear ...

Charles Swanson (75BBA, 76MBA)

Distinguished Forevermore Staff Award

Chuck Swanson, retired executive director of Hancher Auditorium, has had a remarkable influence on the University of Iowa. His 37 years with Hancher elevated it to new heights, eve...

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