Alumni Awards

Each year, School of Business alumni are invited to submit nominations for our Distinguished Alumni Award and vote for the Horace Kelly Alumni Teaching Award and the Kienzle Alumni Teaching Award.

The Judson D. DeRamus Distinguished Alumni Award

The Judson D. DeRamus Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1984 and recognizes Wake Forest University School of Business alumni for achievement in their profession, commitment to the School, and service to the community. Alumni – and others – are invited to submit nominations throughout the year.

The award is named after the first recipient, Judson D. DeRamus Sr. DeRamus was a graduate of the University of Alabama and served as a lieutenant during World War I – for which he received the Purple Heart – and commander of an anti-aircraft battalion during World War II. Following the wars, he served as a commander of the Army Reserve Unit in Winston-Salem and retired as a colonel. DeRamus was also the chief attorney for the Veteran’s Administration Office in Charlotte, North Carolina. He came to Winston-Salem to set up the local Veteran’s Administration Office which, under his direction as manager, became the Regional Office of North Carolina. Upon his retirement in 1965, he received the Distinguished Career Award from the Veteran’s Administration. DeRamus joined the staff of the Babcock Graduate School of Management as a consulting associate where he remained active until his death. 

Nomination criteria:

  • Must have graduated from any Wake Forest University School of Business undergraduate or graduate program at least five years prior to the award year. For 2020, the nominees must have graduated in 2015 or earlier.
  • Must have demonstrated progressive growth, achievement in, and contribution to their chosen field.
  • Must have engaged with and supported the Wake Forest School of Business through Loyal DEAC (Discover, Engage, Advocate and Commit) pillars. 
  • Must show consistent demonstration of Pro Humanitate service.

Previous winners:

1984 – Judson D. DeRamus; 1985 – R. Vaughn Hayes (MBA ’78); 1987 – Eugene C. Pridgen (MBA ’75, JD ’78, P ’01, P ’19; 1988 – Donald E. Flow (MBA ’83); 1993 – Gay Nell Hutchens (MBA ’88); 2002 – Catherine E. Green (’74, MBA ’82); 2005 – David W. Dupree (MBA ’78, P ’20, P ’22).

Horace Kelly Alumni Teaching Award

Undergraduate alumni from 10 years ago vote on which faculty member contributed to their education and personal development. Recipients must be a current faculty member and must have taught during the tenure of polled alums. Alumni who are eligible to vote will receive an email with additional voting information.

Previous winners:

2004 – Dale Martin; 2012 – Arun Dewasthal; 2011 – Sheri Bridges & Clay Hipp; 2013 – Bill Marcum; 2014 – James Cotter; 2015 – Dale Martin; 2018 – George Aldhizer; 2019 – George Aldhizer.

Kienzle Alumni Teaching Award

MBA, MSA and MSM alumni from 3 years ago vote on which faculty member contributed to their education and personal development. Recipients must be a current faculty member and must have taught during the tenure of polled alums. Alumni who are eligible to vote will receive an email with additional voting information.

Previous winners:

2000 – Ram Baliga; 2012 – Sherry Moss & Jon Pinder; 2013 – Derrick Boone; 2014 – Ram Baliga & Jon Pinder; 2018 – Tim Janke; 2019 – Jim Willis.