Philanthropist of the Year Award

The ASU Alumni Association is proud to partner with the President’s Club of the ASU Foundation For A New American University in celebration of a couple who has made a tremendous contribution to the university with the desire to further the ASU Foundation’s mission. This award provides the opportunity to thank community-minded citizens who are making a difference by providing support to the university, community organizations and institutions.

Those recognized by this prestigious honor are shining examples of how individuals can have a major impact on people’s lives and on social issues by supporting the university. The award highlights extraordinary individuals who have shown outstanding leadership in the area of personal philanthropy and who through their giving, have made a remarkable difference in bringing about sustainable change.

Winners of this award possess a vision that’s essential to maintaining vital community organizations in both robust and fragile economic climates. They are both strategic and business-minded in their approach to addressing community issues; this attitude is what distinguishes philanthropy from charity.

Diane and Bruce Halle are being honored for their philanthropic endeavors, which focus on making a difference in the everyday lives of Arizonans. Mr. Halle is the founder and chairman of Discount Tire and Mrs. Halle serves as chairman and president of the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation, which was founded in 2002 to champion educational initiatives, access to the underserved, women’s and children’s issues, medical research and the arts. Mrs. Halle also serves as president of the Herbert K. Cummings Charitable Trust.

The Halles’ 15 years of engagement with Arizona State University includes funding for a five-year study to better understand and address Arizona’s high school dropout crisis as well as support for the ASU Art Museum and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The Turrell Skyspace, on the ASU Tempe campus, was initiated and partially funded by the Future Arts Research Institute @ ASU, a groundbreaking program established by the Halles to advance an interdisciplinary approach to the arts in Arizona. Mr. and Mrs. Halle are also founding members of the New American University Leadership Circle, a recognition society that honors select ASU philanthropic leaders and steadfast advocates for their generosity and dedication.

Most recently, the Halles have invested in the Mayo Medical School — Arizona Campus, a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic and ASU. Students will complete a specialized master’s degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery, granted by ASU, concurrently with their medical degree from Mayo Medical School. The Halles’ visionary investment in this endeavor will have a transformational impact on the future of healthcare.

A hallmark of the couple’s approach to philanthropy is partnering with those who are experts in meeting the most pressing needs of our society.