Founders' Day

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Awards are presented at the Founders' Day dinner to honorees who have made significant contributions in solving the challenges that will shape the world's future. Founders' Day 2020 also will feature an address by ASU President Michael M. Crow.

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Tuesday, February 25

6 p.m. Reception

7 p.m. Dinner and awards ceremony


Complimentary valet service is offered in front of the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, or complimentary self-parking is available in the parking structure at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.


The Arizona Biltmore
Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85016


Business professional or business formal. ASU maroon and gold encouraged.

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Devoney Looser, PhD

Faculty Research Achievement Award

ASU Foundation Professor of English; Guggenheim Fellow; National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar; author of a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book, Nonfiction

James P. Collins, PhD

Faculty Service Achievement Award

Virginia M. Ullman professor of natural history and the environment, School of Life Sciences, Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Distinguished Faculty Award and Gary KrahenBuhl Difference Maker Award, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Richard Herrera, PhD

Faculty Teaching Achievement Award

Associate professor, Department of Political Science; Department of Political Science Distinguished Teaching Award; School of Politics and Global Studies Outstanding Teaching Award


Anthony Robles

’11 BA in interdisciplinary studies

Young Alumni Achievement Award

NCAA Wrestling Champion, author, motivational speaker 2011, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Karrin Taylor Robson

’88 BA in political science ’88 BA in history ‘94 JD

Alumni Achievement Award

Founder and president, Arizona Strategies; Arizona Board of Regents secretary of the board, chair of the Finance, Capital and Resources committee and member of the Audit Committee and Academic Affairs and Educational Attainment Committee

Annette and Leo Beus

Philanthropist of the Year Award

Annette and Leo Beus are longtime supporters of ASU, generating a lasting impact through a series of philanthropic investments.  They have enriched a range of units and programs through their generosity, including research, student scholarships, service groups, a teaching award and an endowed chair, and Sun Devil Athletics.

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

2019 Founders' Day Sponsors

Sustaining sponsor – $25,000

American Campus

Premier sponsors – $15,000

Herf Jones
Wells Fargo

Dinner sponsors – $8,000

Phoenix Business Journal
Liberty Mutual

Gold sponsors – $6,000

Desert Financial
R B C Capital Markets
Sun Devil Campus Stores

Maroon sponsors – $4,000


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The Opus Group

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Arizona Coyotes

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Benefits by Design

Christine and Don Wilkinson

Christophol & Hagan


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Hospice of the Valley

Mark Kerrigan

Mirabella at ASU

Nationwide Insurance

One AZ Credit Union

Optima Consulting LLC

Pro Copy Office Solutions



Shamrock Foods Company

Smithgroup JJR

Southwest Gas


Sundt Construction

Tiffany and Bosco


Valley Metro

Award sponsors

Arrow Stage Lines

Blue Dots Seats

Sparky sponsors

Eddie DeVall

Los Angeles ASU Alumni Chapter

Phoenix Children's Hospital