Alumni Achievement Award

One of the most prestigious awards given by the Alumni Association, this award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has excelled in his or her profession and has contributed to Arizona State University and/or the ASU Alumni Association and the community. The award was established in 1964.

This year, the award honors all Sun Devil alumni who have served in each of the five branches of the U.S. military. The highest ranking official in each branch who is also an ASU alum is accepting the award.

Honoree: U.S. Coast Guard – Capt. John S. Kenyon '85 B.S.

Capt. John S. Kenyon graduated from Arizona State University in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Kenyon served his country aboard the USCGC Gallatin, the USCGC Dallas, and the USS Cushing. While participating in the U.S. Coast Guard/U.S. Navy officer exchange program as the navigator aboard the USS Cushing, he earned the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer insignia. In 1993, he volunteered for temporary duty aboard the flagship of NATO’s Standing Naval Force Mediterranean and conducted boarding/search/seizure training aboard NATO warships engaged in the United Nations’ embargo against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. His last shipboard tour was as the commanding officer of USCGC Sanibel in Woods Hole, Mass.

His military career has included shore-based assignments as the deputy sector commander at Sector Hampton Roads, Va.; division officer in the Port Security Directorate at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C.; as marine safety department head and duty inspector and investigator at the Group/Marine Safety Office in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; and as assistant chief of inspections for the Marine Safety Office in Port Arthur, Texas. Kenyon assumed command of Activities Europe on June 2, 2010, following a tour in Juneau, Alaska, where he served as chief of prevention for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District.

Kenyon has a master’s degree in strategic studies from the the U.S. Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Va., as well as a master’s degree in quality systems management from the National Graduate School.

His decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal. He also has earned designation as a U.S. Coast Guard Cutterman, and Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Professional.