Phil Knight Honored with Uncommon Citizen Award

A dedicated philanthropist and Stanford GSB alum, Knight has provided game-changing support for schools and initiatives across campus.

April 25, 2024

| by Anna Morrison

Phil Knight, MBA ’62 (right) with former Stanford President John Hennessy | Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News

Nike co-founder and chairman emeritus Phil Knight, MBA ’62, who has been a transformational benefactor for the university for more than six decades, is receiving Stanford’s most prestigious alumni volunteer service award, the Degree of Uncommon Citizen. His gifts of time and resources began with Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and now span athletics, creative writing, neuroscience, and — through the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program — all seven of Stanford’s schools.

The Degree of Uncommon Citizen honors those individuals who have provided rare and extraordinary service to Stanford. Over Stanford’s history, the award has been presented only 25 times.

“I’m grateful for Phil Knight’s decades-long support for Stanford: The depth and breadth of his philanthropy touches nearly every corner of the university,” said Stanford President Richard Saller. “Beyond providing financial support for the people, programs, and research that inspire him most, Phil returns to campus to engage intellectually with faculty and students. His wide-ranging involvement helps sustain Stanford’s mission and our pursuit of excellence.”

For media inquiries, visit the Newsroom.

Explore More

May 16, 2024

Interim GSB Dean Named as Search Process Begins

Professor Peter DeMarzo will serve as interim dean beginning August 1, when Dean Jonathan Levin becomes Stanford’s president.
May 13, 2024

Changemakers: Teaching Young People a Recipe for Success in the Restaurant Industry

This founder’s culinary nonprofit aims to help struggling young people find their footing personally and professionally.
May 09, 2024

Stanford GSB Professor Neil Malhotra Named Carnegie Fellow

Award will fund continuing research on political polarization