Honorary Degrees & Meritorious Service Awards
UAS Honorary Degree & Meritorious Service Awards
The selection committee meets twice per year, once in the fall, typically during Faculty Convocation, and a second time in the spring, usually in April, prior to Commencement.
Recipients are chosen for several years in advance, and nominations may be considered for upcoming years' awards.
President and Board of Regents Review and Approval
For both Honorary Degrees and Meritorious Service Awards, the UA President reviews and decides whether to forward on to the Board of Regents, who will review the nomination packet at the Fall meeting of the BOR, in order for consideration for awards to be conferred during the current academic year (MS), or upcoming Spring Commencement ceremony (HD).
Nomination Process for both Honorary Degrees and Meritorious Service Awards
Please see criteria for each type below. Nomination letters should include:
- Name of Nominee
- Reasoning and support for why the person should be considered for this honor
- Complete contact information for the Nominator
Send Nomination Letters to:UAS Honorary Degree Committee
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801
or by email email@example.com.
Honorary Degree Criteria
The criterion for individuals to receive an honorary degree from the University of Alaska is evidence of a significant and lasting contribution to the university, to the State of Alaska, or to the individual’s discipline or profession
Nominations for honorary degrees may be made by members of the Board of Regents, campus advisory councils, members of the university community, or citizens of the state. UAS will acknowledge the receipt of such nominations to the nominator. The nominator may request to appear before the committee to speak to the nomination.
The chancellors of each MAU will establish a faculty committee and a procedure for nominating individuals for honorary degrees that provides for an open process for suggesting prospective nominees, and respect for a prospective nominee’s privacy. Each year the chancellors may forward the nominee’s names and supporting information to the president. No current regent or current university employee may be a prospective nominee.
Meritorious Service Criteria
The criterion for individuals to receive a meritorious service award from an MAU is evidence of significant public, academic, volunteer, philanthropic, cultural or artistic service to the MAU or one of its community campuses, or to an Alaska community.
Nominations for meritorious service award candidates may be made by members of the Board of Regents, campus advisory councils, members of the university community, or citizens of the state. The MAU will acknowledge the receipt of such nominations to the nominator. The nominator may request to appear before the committee to speak to the nomination.
The chancellors of each MAU will establish a meritorious service award committee and a separate procedure for nominating individuals for meritorious service awards that provides for an open process for suggesting prospective nominees and respect for a prospective nominee’s privacy. No current regent may be a prospective nominee. Each year each chancellor may nominate individuals to receive a meritorious service award and forward the names and supporting information to the president.
University of Alaska Southeast Honorary Degree & Meritorious Service Committee Charge
UA Board of Regents policy (P10.03.020) states that honorary degrees may be conferred upon approval of the Board and, similarly, meritorious service awards may also be conferred (P10.03.030). Board policy and university regulations outline the process for nominating, reviewing, and approving nominees, including criteria, campus procedure, President’s review, and conferral by the Board.
Board criteria for an honorary degree includes “evidence of a significant and lasting contribution to the university, to the State of Alaska, or to the individual’s discipline or profession” (P10.03.020A). Criteria for a meritorious service award includes “evidence of significant public, academic, volunteer or philanthropic service to the MAU or one of its community campuses, or to an Alaska community” (P10.03.030A).
Board policy prescribes a procedure to be followed at each university for nominating suitable recipients. At UAS, a decision was made some years ago to have a single Honorary Degree and Meritorious Service Committee appointed by the Chancellor. Historically, the committee has had strong faculty representation (both current and emeritus) plus representation from UAS’ three campus advisory councils.
Consistent with Board policy and university regulation, the charge to this Committee is to provide an open process for suggesting prospective nominees, to gather relevant information about those nominees, and to make a timely recommendation to the Chancellor about suitable recipients. The Chancellor then reviews these recommendations and forwards the name and supporting information of approved nominees to the President. Throughout this process, due consideration must be given to respecting the privacy of nominees. Nominations for honorary degrees or meritorious service awards may be made by members of the Board of Regents, campus advisory councils, members of the university community, or citizens of the state (R10.03.020 and R10.03.030).
The UAS Committee is expected to meet at least twice annually and to forward well-considered recommendations to the Chancellor in a timely way for subsequent reviews and approval. The Chancellor’s special assistant serves in support of the Committee’s work and, in concert with the Committee chair, keeps the broader university community informed about avenues and timelines for suggesting prospective nominees.
Charge issued from Chancellor Rick Caulfield
Entered in Minutes: October 11, 2016
|Year||Name||Biographical Information||Degree Awarded|
Beth Kerttula earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stanford University. Beth returned to Alaska as a young lawyer, beginning as a law clerk in the Alaska Court System. She was a public defender, counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and served eight years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Alaska Department of Law specializing in natural resource issues, including oil and gas. Beth eventually followed in her father’s footsteps and successfully ran for political office, representing Juneau in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1998 to 2014. She was House Minority Leader from 2007 to 2014. Beth left her legislative seat to accept a position at Stanford University as a Visiting Fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions. A few months later she was appointed by the Obama Administration to run the newly created National Ocean Council Office, representing 27 federal agencies, state and tribal governments, as well as a host of other stakeholders. Again, she was known for her ability to work with diverse parties. In her time with the National Ocean Council, Beth implemented the National Ocean Plan and coordinated the nation’s first two regional marine plans (New England and Mid-Atlantic). As the National Ocean Council Director, she was presented with a U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest recognition the Commandant may bestow on a civilian. She was also given the Office of Science and Technology Policy Director’s Award for Excellence for helping coordinate the first visit to the Arctic by a sitting U.S. president. In addition, Beth has been a Council of State Governments Toll Fellow, a Roosevelt Fellow, and a Center for Women’s Policy Studies Foreign Institute Fellow. Pieces of her work with the Department of Law and the Alaska Legislature are renowned, including Alaska’s cruise ship pollution legislation. She has been president of the Alaska Bar Association, and chair of the Legal Council of the Coastal States Organization. Beth is a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood (Camp 2), and the Fil-Am and Filipino Communities of Juneau.
David Kiffer is a community leader in Ketchikan and an important figure in the arts and letters of Southeast Alaska. He has worn many hats in his lifetime including journalist, regional historian, teacher, poet, musician, and mayor. He is currently executive director of Historic Ketchikan, a non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation and sustainable historic tourism in Southeast Alaska. A noted columnist for local newspapers and websites, he has written hundreds of articles on regional history, exploring a David Kiffer is a community leader in Ketchikan and an important figure in the arts and letters of Southeast Alaska. He has worn many hats in his lifetime including journalist, regional historian, teacher, poet, musician, and mayor. He is currently the education coordinator at the Ketchikan Correctional Center and previously was the long-time executive director of Historic Ketchikan, a non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation and sustainable historic tourism in Southeast Alaska. A noted columnist for local newspapers and websites, he has written hundreds of articles on regional history, exploring a wide range of topics and providing unparalleled documentation of many forgotten aspects of our history. He has written and published hundreds of poems. Mr. Kiffer is a leading figure on Ketchikan’s music scene and leads his own popular jazz band as well performing with numerous other groups in the area. He also taught private woodwind lessons to Ketchikan youth and adults for more than 20 years. He has been an adjunct professor at UAS-Ketchikan for 25 years, most recently teaching a very successful course in music appreciation for UAS. He is the Mayor of City of Ketchikan and has served on the City Council for the past eight years. He previously served as Mayor of Ketchikan Gateway Borough and as a member of the borough assembly. He has served statewide on the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska Center for the Book and on the executive boards of the Alaska Municipal League and the Alaska Conference of Mayors.wide range of topics and providing unparalleled documentation of many forgotten aspects of our history. He has written and published hundreds of poems. Mr. Kiffer is a leading figure on Ketchikan’s music scene and leads his own popular jazz band. He has also served as Mayor of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, as a member of the borough assembly, and on the city historic preservation committee.
|D. Humane Letters|
|2021||Pauline Duncan||Pauline Duncan is greatly respected as a teacher and culture bearer. She created an invaluable legacy of teaching materials that merge Tlingit culture and language with Alaska educational standards. Ms. Duncan’s achievements reflect her dedication to the exchange of cultural knowledge and her considerable talent and expertise in the field of elementary education. An accomplished classroom teacher, her experience spans over 30 years at all levels from pre-kindergarten to high school. She retired from the Sitka School District in 2005. Before the mid-nineties, culturally relevant classroom materials for young children were not available to her did not exist, and Pauline took it upon herself to create them. The result of this work is found in beautiful books and posters which have become a cornerstone resource for schools meeting the Alaska Cultural Standards for Students. They are widely used in schools throughout Tlingit traditional homelands. Her book Raven Stories, part of the "Baby Raven Reads” series, was recognized as groundbreaking work by the National Library of Congress Literacy Awards Best Practice as an Honoree, one of only 15 programs in the world to receive the honor in 2017. The series is a foundation for community early childhood events that targets early learning and literacy strategies.||D. Education|
Clark Gruening is known throughout Alaska for his contributions to our state. Born in California, but raised in Juneau, Clark graduated from Juneau Douglas High School in 1961. University of Oregon granted him a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1965, and he earned his Juris Doctor with honors from George Washington University in 1969. Clark is the grandson of the well-known Ernest Gruening, who was the Alaska territorial governor from 1939 to 1953. Clark served two terms in the House of Representatives for the Alaska Legislature. During this time, he was key to the creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund. There is a long list of his contributions to our state’s philanthropic and public service sectors, including many years of work with the Juneau Community Foundation, the Foraker Group, Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) and Outdoor Recreation Community Access (ORCA), among many other organizations.
Dr. Richard Carstensen is a Southeast Alaska naturalist who has made the region's ecological systems and landscape evolution his primary field of research. He is the co-founder and senior naturalist for Discovery Southeast, an organization that promotes environmental education, research, and awareness. He is a renowned cartographer, researcher, and innovator. He pioneered the use of drone-assisted aerial photography to locate and catalog the Tongass National Forests's oldest and tallest trees, updating his previous work on the Landmark Tree Project, a science-based effort to map the old-growth evergreens of Southeast Alaska. Dr. Carstensen produced Tlingit Clan territory and other cultural maps made from his own GIS interpretations of local landscapes, linking knowledge of previous European contact to ancient Alaskan geological forms.
|2018||Kaayistaan Marie Olson|
An Áak’w Kwáan Tlingit elder, Dr. Marie Olson – Kaayistaan (Tlingit) – has been a staunch supporter of the University of Alaska and has made significant and enduring educational cultural contributions to UAS, UAF, and the State of Alaska over the course of more than four decades. Over the course of a lifetime, Dr. Olson has experienced both the challenges and benefits of pursuing institutional education as an Alaska Native, ultimately earning two certificates, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from UAS and continuing post-baccalaureate studies in multicultural education and Tlingit language studies at UAF. Most importantly, as a respected Tlingit Elder Marie Olson has in return become a Native educator within the University of Alaska system and has made multiple cultural and educational contributions to indigenous knowledge in Alaska, including the development of the nationally-acclaimed Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge (2010), and serving as an advisor on the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative. At UAS, Marie Olson has been a tireless supporter in the establishment and continuing operational support of the Native and Rural Student Center. An “Elder in Residence” for the center, she serves as a consultant to staff and faculty and is an inspiring champion of Native students from across the state. Marie Olson has also made important educational, cultural, and community contributions in Alaska beyond the university. In 2005, she received an Honoring Alaska’s Indigenous Literature Award for providing the Tlingit names and usage of the plants included in Carol R. Biggs, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants, Vols. I and II: Alaska, Canada & Pacific Northwest Rainforest (1999). She has held positions of leadership within the Alaska Native Sisterhood, her contributions documented in the Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives “Marie Olson Collection, 1968-2005.” Marie Olson also took a leading role in the production of the League of Women Voters’ DVD documentary, For the Right of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska (2012), about Elizabeth Peratrovich’s campaign to end discrimination in Alaska, which is frequently is broadcast on 360 North public television and is used by educators in public school classrooms across the state.
|D. Humane Letters|
Dr. Botelho had a distinguished and long career with the State of Alaska Department of Law, which included serving for nine years as Attorney General for the State, the longest of any AG, and as the only Attorney General since statehood to serve under two Governors from differing political parties. In addition, he served the longest term as Mayor of Juneau in the history of the city, from 1988-1991 and then again from 2003-2012. As leader or member of many important teams for the state of Alaska, he has positively and materially contributed to Alaska’s Well-being and progress. Dr. Botelho has served on countless important teams for our State. One colleague noted, “Bruce’s remarkable tenure as Alaska Attorney General is a testament to his competence, but also reflects the recognition by many across the political spectrum that Bruce’s primary, consistent mission was to further the needs and well-being of the state and its citizens.” As Mayor of Juneau, he continued to have statewide and international influence, creating the Juneau Human Rights Commission, starting the Sister City program, and serving as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, and Director of the Alaska Municipal League. Mr. Botelho advocates and sees through to fruition many UAS projects, including the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, the fisheries science programs at Lena Point, the John Pugh Residence Hall, and more.
Dr. Heagy is the music teacher at Glacier Valley Elementary School where she works alongside teachers to provide arts integrated experiences to all students. Lorrie has twenty years of classroom experience and is honored to have represented Alaska’s teachers as the 2011 Alaska Teacher of the Year. It was the support of the Juneau community that gave Lorrie the confidence to attend the New England Conservatory as a Sistema Fellow and return to create Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), an El Sistema-inspired program that provides tuition-free string instruction to 600 students throughout the Juneau School District. Lorrie provides teacher training in brain-based learning, student engagement and positive youth development throughout the United States and as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at UAS. Lorrie holds three master’s degrees of education: elementary, music and library education. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in instruction, learning, and innovation. Lorrie is honored to have been adopted into the Kiks.adi clan by the clan leader.
Dr. Demmert has been recognized regionally, statewide, and nationally for her contributions to indigenous Tlingit language knowledge and culture. Her letters of support included many Alaskan leaders and educators, including Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Dr. Richard Dauenhauer, and Dr. Edward K. Thomas. Reflecting themes noted in all support letters is this statement by UAS professor X̱'unei Lance Twitchell: “Ruth Demmert is one of the few people in Tlingit country that unites in all directions. She is not political, but only seems to want perpetuation of knowledge, culture, language, and love for one another. She is a perfect example of what we need to become in order to improve ourselves as people, cultures, and a region. My hope is that she will be a recipient of the degree, and we can honor the knowledge and linguistic fortitude that she has instilled on a generation of language learners, teachers, and advocates. Her teachings and dance group leadership have changed the world for the better, and have pushed us to continue learning and achieving.”
|2016||Sandro Lane||Dr. Lane is known throughout Alaska for his diligent efforts to create sustainable and environmentally friendly processes in the fishing industry. He established Taku Fisheries and Smokeries, and is the co-owner of Trident Seafoods Corporation (one of the largest seafood companies in the world) and the Executive Director of Trident’s Nutritional Supplement Division. His years working in the industry led to his invention of proprietary processes used to extract the oil and proteins out of the fish, leaving significantly less waste. His work with Trident Seafoods is expanding these processes throughout the fishing industry in Alaska. He is honored for his lasting contributions to our city, state, and to the essential industry of fishing.||D. Laws|
|2016||Edward K. Thomas||Dr. Thomas, T’sa X’oo, is an accomplished Alaska Native leader who has made significant and enduring contributions to Southeast Alaska, to the entire state of Alaska, and to the nation in the fields of education, tribal government relations, business development, and civic organization. His most enduring commitment was his service as President of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska from 1984 to 2014. He received the lifetime honor of President Emeritus in 2007. As President of Tlingit and Haida Central Council, Dr. Thomas played a foundational role in establishing legally binding government-to-government compacts between Alaska Native tribes and the federal government.||D. Laws|
|2015||William "Bill" Corbus||Corbus is a retired businessman and philanthropist in Juneau. He also served as Commissioner of Revenue under Governor Frank Murkowski.||D. Laws|
|2015||Teri Rofkar||Rofkar is an internationally and nationally recognized artist based in Sitka. She creates ground-breaking, superlative woven robes and baskets that honor and revitalize age-old Tlingit art forms.||D. Fine Arts|
|2014||David Hunsaker||Hunsaker is a writer, novelist, screenwriter, actor, director, playwright, teacher, and musician committed to and involved with Alaska Native people.||D. Humane Letters|
|2014||Evon Zerbetz||Zerbetz is a Ketchikan-based local artist, photographer, and illustrator of children's books.||D. Fine Arts|
|2013||Charles M. Northrip||Northrip worked as a public media professional, and served as the Executive Director of the Juneau Economic Development Council.||D. Laws|
|2013||James C. Baichtal||Baichtal worked as a forest geologist with the Tongass National Forest, and as a field researcher with fossil finds. He has been a popular speaker throughout communities of Southeast Alaska, displaying a remarkable talent for bridging the worlds of academia, government agencies, and the general public.||D. Science|
|2012||John Borbridge, Jr.||Borbridge was honored for a lifetime of work on Alaska Native issues such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) and his support of subsistence users statewide, as well as his work with the Indian Health Service.||D. Laws|
|2011||Stephen M. Reeve||Reeve has made significant and lasting contributions to the fields of community planning and design, local government policy and management, and tourism development. His promotion of cultural heritage tourism germane to architecture, urban design, and natural resource development has found expression both locally and statewide, as well as internationally.||D. Laws|
|2011||Annie R. Calkins||Calkins' work with literacy provided leadership, inspiration, and motivation through the Alaska State Writing Consortium for many district administrators and teachers to develop authentic and effective writing instruction for Alaska’s students. More recently, she has had an extensive impact in programs for Alaska Natives, and in Arts in Education programs.||D. Education|
|2010||Tom Cashen||Cashen served as Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development from 1995 to 1998. In 2004, the Tom Cashen Electrical Training Facility in Anchorage was named in his honor.||D. Laws|
|Year||Name||Biographical Information||Degree Awarded|
|2009||Herman Kitka Sr.||Tlingit Elder Kitka was a Kaagwaantaan leader and the first president of the Shee Atika corporation board of directors. A lifelong Sitka resident, Kitka was a leader in the Alaska Native Brotherhood, an activist for Alaska Native land rights, and a scholar of Tlingit culture, language & tradition.||D. Humane Letters|
|2009||Christa Bruce Kotrc||A nationally and internationally recognized educator, Bruce-Kotrc is honored for her exceptional commitment to the development of new teachers in Ketchikan and around the State. She has served UAS as a supervisor in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and as a mentor in the Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS) program. Through the Alaska Reform in the Classroom through Technology Integration and Collaboration program, she supported many Alaskan teachers in their efforts to become proficient in the use of educational technology.||D. Education|
|2009||Laraine Derr||Former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue and graduate of the UAS MBA program, Ms. Derr has been a strong advocate for UAS and the Juneau community in her roles as adjunct instructor and Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration, and as a volunteer, including service on the UA Foundation Board of Trustees. She has also chaired numerous fundraising campaigns for UAS including the Noyes Pavilion (the first privately funded building in the University of Alaska system), and the Auke Lake Trail.||D. Laws|
|2009||Marlene Johnson||Johnson's accomplishments include a significant and lasting contribution to Alaska Native Tribal corporations at all levels, the University of Alaska, numerous state and federal boards, commissions, agencies and foundations. She has demonstrated successful leadership in local, Southeast, statewide and federal issues.||D. Laws|
|2008||Dorik Mechau and Carolyn Servid||Mechau and Servid were recognized for their substantial accomplishments as Co-Directors of the Island Institute, honored for their work in bringing together faculty and students to celebrate relationships between writing and questions of social and ethical importance through the Sitka Symposium.||D. Humane Letters|
|2008||Ray Troll||Artist, naturalist, author, and musician, Troll has distinguished himself in the field of fine arts, melding his profession, with collaborative cross-disciplinary scholarship in the sciences. Troll is the recipient of a slew of awards, from the Alaska Governor’s Award for Individual Artist to the Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art.||D. Fine Arts|
|2006||R.T. "Skip" Wallen||Internationally distinguished artist specializing in stone lithographs and sculpture (including the whale sculpture in the courtyard of the Juneau Auke Lake campus), Wallen is also recognized for his important work in wildlife conservation in the State of Alaska and throughout the world.||D. Arts|
|2005||Linda Rosenthal||Rosenthal is a violinist and retired professor of music at UAS. Known in Juneau as the founder and artistic director of the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, she is also a renowned violin soloist performing with chamber and orchestral groups throughout the State of Alaska. She is acclaimed internationally for her extensive commissioned works and tours throughout the US, China, India, Japan, and Europe.||D. Humane Letters|
|2004||Dr. Richard Nelson||A generous volunteer and scholar, Nelson was recognized for his anthropological work among Native people in Alaska, and as a nationally acclaimed nature writer, focusing on the relationship of people to the natural world.||D. Humane Letters|
|2004||Erma Lawrence||Lawrence was honored for her lifelong contributions to the documenting and recording of Haida literature, language and oral histories. Her scholarship resulted in the archiving of Haida language texts and recordings, as well as writing and editing numerous Haida language books. Her work spanned many decades, validating and celebrating many individuals, ultimately touching people’s lives throughout our region and across the state.||D. Humane Letters|
|2003||H.A. "Red" Boucher||A former mayor of Fairbanks, legislator and Lt. Governor for the State of Alaska, Boucher was recognized at the state and national levels as one of the pioneers of the information age, and celebrated as an authority on the subject of computer mediated communication.||D. Letters|
|2002||Jean Rogers||Juneau-based educator and author of children's books, Rogers has been awarded national honors from the American Library Association Journal and has been bestowed the Parent's Choice Award. Two of her books have been adapted into musicals, including "King Island Christmas." In addition to extensive work with libraries and reading, she served the city and the state on the boards of KTOO, the Public Offices Commission, and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.||D. Humane Letters|
|2001||Nora Dauenhauer||Dauenhauer is internationally recognized for her fieldwork, transcription, translation, and explication of Tlingit oral literature. Named Humanist of the Year by the Alaska Humanities forum in 1980, she also received an Alaska Governor's Award for the Arts in 1989, and was the winner of the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 1991. She has served on the Alaska Historical Commission and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.||D. Humanities|
|Year||Name||Biographical Information||Degree Awarded|
|1999||Rie Munoz||Alaskan artist||D. Arts|
|1996||Ellen Hays||Hope Tlingit Historian; 1st woman member of AK Native Brotherhood||D. Laws|
|1995||Katherine Hurley||Asst. to Gov.'s Gruening and Egan; AK State Rep; 1st woman in AK to be nominated for Lt. Gov.||D. Laws|
|1994||Esther Shea||Instructor and researcher on lifestyle of Tlingit people||D. Laws|
|1994||Phil Holdsworth||AK Commissioner of Mines and Natural Resources||D. Laws|
|1992||Carl W. Heinmiller||Magistrate, Alaska Native advocate||D. Laws|
|1991||Dale DeArmond||Delcined Award - Southeast Alaskan Artist||D. Humane Letters|
|1991||Robert DeArmond||Declined Award - Alaskan Journalist, Historian||D. Letters|
|1991||Delores Churchill||Haida Basket and Blanket Weaver||D. Humane Letters|
|1991||Frank See||Hoonah Businessman||D. Laws|
|1990||Maynard Miller||Dir., Glaciological and Arctic Services Institute||D. Science|
|1990||Mikhail Gorbachev||President Union of Soviet Socialist Republic; Nobel Peace Prize Winner 1990||D. Humanities|
|Year||Name||Biographical Information||Degree Awarded|
|1989||James J. King||Waterfowl Propagation and Bird Reh. Center||D. Science|
|1989||Austin Hammond||Leader Chilkoot people of Haines; founder Cultural Camp||D. Humanities|
|1989||Cliff Taro||Businessman; promoted Pacific Rim trade||D. Public Service|
|1988||Nathan Paul Jackson||Chilkoot-Tlingit Woodcarver||D. Humanities|
|1988||Burke Riley||Admin to Gov. Gruening; Delegate, Const. Convention||D. Humanities|
|1987||Dove Kull||Social Worker; Helped establish Older Alaskans Comm.||D. Humanities|
|1987||Bob Armstrong||Scientist and Ornithologist||D. Science|
|1987||Alexander Brindle||Fishermans and Businessman, Wards Cove Packing Co.||D. Science|
|1986||Dr. Henry Akiyama||Cardiologist, established medic program in Juneau||D. Humanities|
|1986||Mildred Banfield||Legislator; Board of Regents Member 1976-83||D. Public Admin|
|1985||Joseph M. Kahklen||Southeast Alaska Educator||D. Humanities|
|1985||Joseph Rude||Juneau physician||D. Humanities|
|1985||William Overstreet||Mayor - Juneau; Far East. Rep. for International Trade||D. Public Admin|
|1984||Hugh Joseph Wade||First Secretary of State - State of Alaska||D. Public Admin|
|1984||Byron I. Mallot||President, Sealaska Corp.||D. Humanities|
|1984||Earnest J. Haugen||Alaska State Legislator from Petersburg||D. Public Admin|
|1983||Jay Hammond||Governor, State of Alaska||D. Humanities|
|1983||James Nolan||Sen. and Rep. from Wrangell; BOR member 1967-73||D. Humanities|
|1982||Frederick Eastaugh||Attorney; Alaska Territory Legislator||D. Humanities|
|1982||Robert Boochever||Chief Justice, Alaska Supreme Court||D. Humanities|
|1981||Lew M. Williams Jr.||Journalist; owner Ketchikan Daily News; BOR member||D. Humanities|
|1981||Mildred Sparks||Tlingit artist; Leader of Alaska Native Sisterhood||D. Humanities|
|1980||Cyrus E. Peck Sr.||Magistrate; member of Alaska Native Brotherhood||D. Humanities|
|1980||Carol Beery Davis||Poet Laureate||D. Humanities|
|1980||Trevor Davis||Photographer||D. Humanities|
|Year||Name||Biographical Information||Degree Awarded|
|1979||Alfred Widmark||Tlingit leader; Alaska Legislator 1961-62||D. Humanities|
- Since 1988
Year Name Campus 2022 Dr. Elliot Bruhl UAS - Sitka 2021 Gordon Jackson UAS - Juneau 2021 Elizabeth Nelson UAS - Ketchikan 2020 Sharon Gaiptman UAS - Juneau 2020 William Todd Hunt UAS - Juneau 2019 Burgess Bauder UAS - Sitka 2019 Alison Browne UAS - Juneau 2019 Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy UAS - Juneau 2019 Cheryl Samuel UAS - Juneau 2019 Sally Smith UAS - Juneau 2018 Nancy DeCherney UAS - Juneau 2018 Len Laurance UAS - Ketchikan 2017 Connie Munro UAS - Juneau 2016 Peter Freer UAS - Juneau 2016 Jeff Budd UAS - Sitka 2016 Roy McPherson UAS - Ketchikan 2015 Jennifer Gomez-Strickler UAS - Juneau 2014 No Recipients 2013 Jan Straley UAS - Sitka 2012 No Recipients 2011 No Recipients 2010 Marguerite Auger UAS - Ketchikan 2010 Jamie Parsons UAS - Juneau 2009 No Recipients 2008 Katie Hope Jensen UAS - Juneau 2008 Aaron John Elmore UAS - Juneau 2007 Jack Shay UAS - Ketchikan 2007 Dean and Edna Williams UAS - Juneau 2006 No Recipients 2005 Robert C. Janes UAS - Juneau 2004 Rosalee T. Walker UAS - Juneau 2004 Phyllis Yetka UAS - Ketchikan 2003 No Recipients 2002 No Recipients 2001 No Recipients 2000 Kenneth W. Moss UAS - Juneau 1999 No Recipients 1998 Molly D. Smith UAS - Juneau 1997 No Recipients 1996 Oral Freeman UAS - Ketchikan 1996 J. Ray Roady UAS - Ketchikan 1995 William C. Thomas UAS - Ketchikan 1995 Isabella G. Brady UAS - Sitka 1995 Erik Eckholm UAS - Juneau 1995 Agnes Bellinger UAS - Juneau 1994 Joe & Catherine Alter UAS - Juneau 1994 Gil Truitt UAS - Sitka 1993 Ted Ferry UAS - Ketchikan 1993 Dora Sweeney UAS - Juneau 1993 Cecelia Kunz UAS - Juneau 1992 Walter W. Shuham UAS - Ketchikan 1991 No Recipients 1990 Lloyd Hames UAS - Sitka 1990 Ladd Macaulay UAS - Juneau 1989 Margaret Bell UAS - Ketchikan 1989 Karl Ward UAS - Juneau 1988 Erma Mead UAS - Ketchikan College