UD Outstanding Alumni Awards

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented annually at an awards ceremony during Alumni Weekend to an alumnus and alumna in recognition of their exemplary volunteer work on behalf of the University of Delaware and/or the University of Delaware Alumni Association. For over 50 years, the University of Delaware Alumni Association has honored University graduates with this award.

Past recipients have been honored for their Alumni Association activities and programs, leadership roles and dedication to reunions, college or department alumni activities, university steering committees and department steering committees, to name a few.

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2019 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients Honored

Traci S. Boddy, BE01, and John F. Knarr, HS77, HS81M, AS90, are the 2019 recipients of the UDAA Outstanding Alumni Award.

Traci S. Boddy earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2001 from the University of Delaware and went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Howard University. She is an internal auditor for a vision care company located in Ohio. Traci has served on the board of the Black Alumni Organization (BAO) since 2001 including multiple years as its president. In 2018, Traci led the charge during I Heart UD Giving Day to grow an endowed scholarship fund started by the BAO. The scholarship can now help three underrepresented students with financial needs earn a UD degree. Traci has also led the planning for the BAO’s Homecoming programs for several years and often represents the BAO at student and alumni events on campus. Traci served on the UD Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2014-2018 and continues to support many of its programs and events. Also in her spare time, Traci is a volunteer assistant coach for Sanford School varsity girls basketball.

John F. Knarr earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training in 1977 and a master’s in athletic training in 1981 from the University of Delaware. Additionally, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from UD in 1990. John has served UD’s top ranked Physical Therapy program in many ways over the years. John consistently accepts Physical Therapy students as interns at all of his company’s five locations in Delaware, Baltimore and Pennsylvania. John’s clinics employ UD graduates, including several as business partners, and he is a great referral source for the broader UD community. John was an inaugural member of the College of Health Science Dean’s Advisory Council, a position he still holds today.


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