Alumni Wall of Fame

2016 Alumni Wall of Fame

The 2016 Alumni Wall of Fame induction ceremony was held during UD's Alumni Weekend. Pictured are (from left) Grace Thompson Leong; Anne G. Barretta, president of the UD Alumni Association; Tara Beckerer Manal; then-President Nancy Targett; Leo E. Strine Jr.; and Marna Cupp Whittington.

2016 Inductees

Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., AS85 is the 8th Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Before becoming the Chief Justice, Chief Justice Strine had served on the Delaware Court of Chancery as Chancellor since June 22, 2011, and as a Vice Chancellor since November 9, 1998. Before becoming a judge, Strine was Counsel and Policy Director to Governor Thomas R. Carper, BE75M. Chief Justice Strine holds long-standing adjunct teaching positions at the Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.

Grace Thompson Leong, AS88 is CEO + partner of Hunter PR, a New York City-based marketing communications firm that began with three employees in 1989 and now operates across North America and in the UK. Grace has been recognized as a leader in the public relations industry and her firm has consistently been recognized a "Best Place to Work," and in 2014, was named North America’s Consumer PR Agency of the Year.

Tara J. Manal, AS91, 93M is the Director of Clinical Services & Residency Training & Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. UD’s graduate physical therapy program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. She has published 15 monographs and chapters, 22 peer and non-peer reviewed articles, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences and meetings.

Marna C. Whittington, AS68 served as Budget Director and Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware and then as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Pennsylvania. As Managing Partner of Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, Dr. Whittington directed the sale of MAS to Morgan Stanley Asset Management, where she successfully integrated the two firms and later became a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. She also served as CEO of Allianz Global Investors Capital LLC from 2001 until her retirement in 2012.

In recognition of the many notable achievements of its alumni, the UD Alumni Association and the University established the Alumni Wall of Fame in 1984. The Wall of Fame recognizes outstanding professional and public service achievements by UD graduates.

Nomination Guidelines

The nominee must be a University of Delaware alumnus/na (defined as completing at least 30 credit hours).

The nominee may hold (or have held) a senior leadership position within a corporation or other institution.

The nominee has made a significant contribution to further his/her profession and has been honored for his/her excellence and service through professional/civic awards and commendations.

The nominee should have maintained a relationship with the University of Delaware.

The nominee is involved in his/her community.

Supporting documentation, such as newspaper and magazine articles as well as press releases, are encouraged.

Nomination forms may also be obtained by contacting the Office of Development and Alumni Relations via e-mail or by phone at (302) 831-2341.

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