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 Chronological List of Recipients, 1982-1998 

1982

H. Ross Perot

President, Electronic Data Systems, Inc.
Texarkana Junior College, TX

1983

Don Sutton

Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers
Gulf Coast Community College, FL

1984

The Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza

Senior Circuit Judge
Texas Southmost College, TX
(Formerly Brownsville Junior College)

John White
Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer, Chicago Sun-Times
Central Piedmont Community College, NC

1985

John Hannah

President Emeritus, Michigan State University
Grand Rapids Junior College, MI

1986

Jim Lehrer

Associate Editor and Co-Anchor, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
Victoria College, TX

1987

The Honorable Rudy Perpich

Governor of Minnesota
Hibbing Community College, MN
(Formerly Hibbing State Junior College)

1988

Brigadier General Fred A. Gorden
Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy
Kellogg Community College, MI

1989

Doug Marlette
Political Cartoonist
New York Newsday
Seminole Community College, FL

1990

Vy Higginsen
Writer, Producer, Director
Mama, I Want to Sing
Fashion Institute of Technology, NY

James A. McDivitt
Former Astronaut and Senior Vice President
Rockwell International Corporation
Jackson Community College, MI

1991
Elmer L. Anderson
Former Governor of Minnesota
Founder of H.B. Fuller
Muskegon Junior College, MI

Margarita Esquiroz
Judge, Eleventh Judicial Court
Miami-Dade Community College, FL

Gasby Greeley
Television Correspondent, McCreary Report
Wayne County Community College, MI

R.D. Hubbard
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AFG Industries, Inc.
Butler County Community College, KS
(Formerly El Dorado Community College)

Doris Leader Charge
Instructor, Sinte Gleska College
Sinte Gleska College (graduate), SD

Daniel Nakamura
Artist 
Rio Hondo College, CA

Brenda Premo
Member, National Council on Disability
Golden West College, CA

1992

Reginald  McKnight
Associate Professor and Author, Carnegie Mellon University
Pikes Peak Community College, CO

Mary Ann Restivo
President and Designer, Mary Ann Restivo, Inc.
Fashion Institute of Technology, NY

Delford “Del” Smith
Founder and Owner, Evergreen International Aviation, Inc.
Centralia College, WA

Daniel Villanueva
Chairman of the Board, Bastion Capital Corporation
Kings River Community College, CA
(Formerly Reedley College, CA)

1993

Gary Brookins
Political Cartoonist, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Gulf Coast Community College, FL

Tina Douglas
Roche Biomedical Laboratories
Alamance Community College, NC

Charles Fleming
Ambassador to the United Nations from St. Lucia
Bronx Community College, NY

Carol Guzy
Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer, The Washington Post
Northampton Community College, NY

Elizabeth A. Wetzel
Emergency Room Physician, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Richland Community College, IL

1994

Kim Morgan Greene
Actress, Singer, Dancer
Central Piedmont Community College, NC

David Shinn
Director of East African Affairs, U.S. State Department
Yakima Valley Community College, WA

1995

Gwendolyn Brooks
Poet Laureate of Illinois
Kennedy-King College, IL
(formerly  Woodrow Wilson Junior College)

Eileen Collins
Astronaut
Corning Community College, NY

The Honorable Ray Marshall
Former Secretary of Labor
Hinds Community College, MS

John Walsh
Host, America’s Most Wanted
Cayuga Community College, NY
(formerly Auburn College)

1996

Mildred "Micky" Tuttle Axton
Pioneer Women's Airforce Pilot
First Woman to Fly a B–29
Coffeyville Community College, KS
(formerly Coffeyville Junior College)

The Honorable Benjamin J. Cayetano
Governor of Hawaii
Los Angeles Harbor College, CA

Charles S. Dutton
Broadway, Television, and Motion Picture Actor
Hagerstown Junior College, MD

The Honorable Henry B. Gonzalez
20th District Congressman, Texas
San Antonio College, TX
(formerly San Antonio Junior College)

Herbert Hafif
Attorney-at-Law and Philanthropist
Chaffey College, CA

Fred W. Haise, Jr.
Apollo 13 Astronaut
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, MS
(formerly Perkinston Junior College)

Cynthia T. Henderson
Medical Director, Oak Forest Hospital
Malcolm X College, IL

Mark Mancina
Musical Composer, Arranger, Songwriter
Musical Producer, The Lion King
Golden West College, CA

Rod A. Risley
Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
San Jacinto College, TX

Shawntel Smith
Miss America 1996
Westark Community College, AR

1997

Nolan D. Archibald
Chairman and CEO, Black and Decker Corporation
Dixie College, UT

Carol M. Browner
Administrator, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Miami-Dade Community College, FL

Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson
Astronaut
Suffolk County Community College, NY

The Honorable Parris N. Glendening
Governor, State of Maryland
Broward Community College, FL
(Formerly Junior College of Broward County, FL)

Jaime Navarro
Pitcher, Chicago White Sox
Miami-Dade Community College, FL

Randy Owen
Lead Singer, Alabama
Northeast Alabama State Community College, AL

The Honorable Norman B. Rice
Mayor, City of Seattle
Highline Community College, WA

Robert F. Spetzler, M.D.
Surgeon, Barrow Neurological Institute
Illinois Valley Community College
(Formerly LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, IL)

1998

The Honorable Bill Anoatubby
Governor, Chickasaw Nation
Murray State College, OK

M. Anthony Burns
Chairman, President and CEO, Ryder System, Inc.
Dixie College, UT

K. Kristene Koontz Gugliuzza, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Texas Medical Branch
Lake Land College, IL

Sarah McClendon
Washington Correspondent, Author & Lecturer, McClendon News Service
Tyler Junior College, TX

Lee Ann Meriwether
Stage, Screen & Television Actress
City College of San Francisco, CA

Kweisi Mfume
President, NAACP
Baltimore City Community College, MD

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