Founders' Day 2022

Save the date for Founders' Day 2022! Mark your calendars for March 17, 2022 to celebrate outstanding alumni,  faculty and the philanthropist of the year. Check back soon for more information. 

To learn more about the 2021 honorees and past award recipients, click on the Honorees tab to view the archived lists.

Founders' Day 2022 is planned for March 17, 2022. If you know an outstanding alum or faculty member, you are encouraged to nominate this individual to be recognized at the 2022 event.

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Check out the official event photo album and get a behind the scenes look at last year's virtual event! 


Kara Goldin, ‘89 BA

Alumni Achievement Award

Founder and CEO, Hint Inc.; podcast host, “The Kara Goldin Show”; bestselling author; “Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters”

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2020 Donors

Campaign ASU 2020 donors

Philanthropists of the year

Campaign ASU 2020 donors embody the spirit of ASU’s founding

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Flavio F. Marsiglia, PhD

Faculty Research Achievement Award

Regents Professor and center director, Global Center for Applied Health Research, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

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Jeffrey R. Wilson, PhD

Faculty Service Achievement Award

Co-chair, ASU Advisory Council on African American Affairs; professor in Economics Department, W. P. Carey School of Business

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Brian DeMaris

Faculty Teaching Achievement Award

Associate professor and artistic director of music theatre and opera, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

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Arizona State University annually celebrates the vision and contributions of the institution's founders. A tradition known as Founders' Day, this signature event has taken place since 1964. ASU faculty, staff, alumni and advocates who exemplify the pioneering and innovative spirit of ASU’s founders are honored with excellence-in-achievement awards at the event.

Founders’ Day is celebrated each year in February or March, commemorating the first day of classroom instruction at the original Territorial Normal School in Tempe on Feb. 8, 1886.

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Opening day on Feb. 8, 1886

Today, Arizona State University is a leading public research university and an internationally prestigious higher education institution recognized by leading rankings publications and services. ASU launched the groundbreaking prototype of the New American University in 2002, and the ultimate journey from a simple schoolhouse to a world-class institution is a testament to the vision, tenacity and hard work of its founders, leaders, faculty, students and alumni through the years. Founders’ Day is a celebration of this founding spirit.

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Arizona Territorial Normal School

It takes many sponsors to support Founders’ Day. We’re grateful for their partnership throughout the years and particularly this year.

Thank you to all of our 2021 Founders’ Day sponsors!

Sustaining sponsor

American Campus Communities

Premier sponsors

Herff Jones

Innovator sponsors

Liberty Mutual
Phoenix Business Journal

Gold sponsors

Desert Financial

Maroon sponsor


Michelle and Fred Reish

Pitchfork sponsors

Bell Bank
Benefits by Design
JE Dunn Construction
Mirabella at ASU
The Philanthropy Outsource
Valley Metro
Kathleen Duffy Ybarra

Award sponsors

Arizona Diamondbacks
Dircks Moving and Logistics
Chad Kolodisner
Susan Whetten Udall

Traditions Fund donors

Samantha Hagan
Chris Hill
Los Angeles Alumni Chapter
Emma and Rick Nakazawa
Optima ECM Consulting
Kristen and Ira Rotenberg
Andrew Vandertoorn
Christine and Don Wilkinson
Work in Sports