The Gardner awards honor alumni volunteers who graduated at least 20 years ago and whose volunteer service has had a significant impact on the school. They are named for the late John Gardner, a past faculty member, a member of the school’s first Advisory Council, a recipient of the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award for excellence in the field of management leadership, and a lifelong advocate of volunteer service.
This year’s individual Gardner awards went to:
Andy Cowherd, MBA ’77
Bill Duhamel, MBA ’87
Scott Duncan, MBA ’77
John Morgridge, MBA ’57
Susie Phillips, MBA ’72
For the first time, a Gardner award also went to a group: all the members of the Classes of 1967, 1982, and 1987 who have served as class ambassadors. The class ambassador role was created almost five years ago by Jon Richards, MBA ’67; Victoria Chang, MBA ’82; and Pam Brewster, MBA ’87, to keep Stanford GSB class members engaged in between reunions. These three leaders recruited 30 of their classmates to join them as class ambassadors, and they were collectively honored with the Gardner award.
Paul Oyer, the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Economics, was presented with the 2017 Jaedicke award. The award, named for Dean Emeritus Robert Jaedicke, is given annually to a member of the Stanford GSB faculty for service to the school’s alumni.
The 2017 reunion weekend also broke records for attendance, with every class that celebrated a reunion setting an attendance record for that reunion year.