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Founders' Day

Congratulations to the outstanding 2022 Founders’ Day honorees and thank you to everyone who joined in-person and via livestream on Thursday, March 17, 2022 to celebrate the institution’s founding!

Founders' Day 2022

On Thursday, March 17, 2022, more than 800 alumni, faculty, university leaders and community leaders from the Valley gathered in-person to honor the 2022 Founders’ Day honorees. 

ASU honored three faculty members and four alumni. The honorees included a virologist pivotal in keeping Arizona ahead of COVID-19 mutations, an advocate for democratization of Earth science-oriented topography data, the visionary who helped ASU create the finest honors college for students in the country, two physicians who went above and beyond to serve their communities during the pandemic, an entrepreneurial couple investing in use-inspired research for personal health and sustainable food systems and solutions, and a dynamic public servant and business and educational leader whose accomplishments span decades.

Nearly 20 years ago, ASU launched the groundbreaking prototype of the New American University in 2002. Its 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 spirit.

Thank you again to everyone who joined the celebration in-person and through livestream!

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Do you know an outstanding alum or faculty member? We encourage you to nominate this individual to potentially be recognized at a future Founders’ Day celebration.

Alumni nomination  Faculty nomination

2022 honorees

Past Award Recipients

Do you know an outstanding alum or faculty member? We encourage you to nominate this individual to be recognized at future Founders' Day events!

Alumni nomination Faculty nomination

About

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.

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.

Sponsors

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 2022 Founders’ Day sponsors!

Sustaining sponsor

American Campus Communities

 

 

 

Premier Sponsors

DPR Construction logo
Herff Jones
Midfirst Bank

 

Dinner Sponsors

Aramark
Sun Devil Campus Stores/Follett
Canon Business Solutions Inc.
Clearway Community Energy

Liberty Mutual
phx business journal
Proctorio
Sodexo

Tripple Creek Ranch

Gold Sponsors

Ballard Sphar
Coke
Desert financial
RBC

Ryan

Maroon Sponsors

Atmosphere
Collier
McCarthy
Smith

Steelcase
wells

Pitchfork sponsors

AAA
Anton Sport
Architekton
Arizona Diamondbacks
ASU Knowledge Enterprise
Benefits by Design
Circle K
CopperPoint Mutual
Dircks Moving & Logistics
Duffy Group
Goodmans Interior Structure
JE Dunn
Kitchell
Lavidge
Maricopa County Community Colleges
Mortenson
Okland Construction
Optima Consulting LLC 
SRP
The Opus Group
U-Haul
Willmeng Construction

Award sponsors

Diamond Venture Inc.
Gregg and Tracy Brewster
Ira and Kristen Rotenberg
Lee & Associates
Rogers Benefit Group

Sparky Sponsors

ASU Alumni Los Angeles Chapter
John and Pit Lucking
Jen Scrivner
Small Giants
Valley Metro