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.

2018 Inductees

Donna M. Fontana, BE85, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1985 from the University of Delaware and went on to earn an executive master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University. Donna currently serves as senior vice president of sales at Fidelity Investments. She is an active volunteer on UD’s Board of Trustees and at Citizens Schools in New York City. Donna has been a member of the President’s Leadership Council since 2012 and the Lerner NYC Deans Council since 2014. In 2011, she created the Fontana Family Education Scholarship, followed by the Fontana Graduate Tuition Scholarship in Education in 2013 and the Fontana Financial Literacy Fund in 2017.

Vance V. Kershner, EG79, earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1979 from the University of Delaware. He is currently the president and chief executive officer at LabWare. In addition to his success at LabWare, Vance is also general partner at Leading Edge Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in seed and early stage investments. He currently serves as chair of the College of Engineering Advisory Council. In addition to his service on the council, Vance has been a generous benefactor of the College of Engineering, creating the first Proof of Concept Fund to support innovation and entrepreneurship at UD, while also investing in other initiatives designed to enrich the collegiate experience for students, such as Engineers Without Borders.

Marie E. Pinizzotto, BE08M, received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating magna cum laude, and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. In 2008, Marie earned her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware. She currently serves as the chief executive officer and executive director of the Carol A. Ammon Foundation. She has served on the President’s Leadership Council since 2012 and previously volunteered on the College of Health Sciences Advisory Council. She’s currently a co-chair for UD’s comprehensive campaign – Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware.


Nomination Guidelines

Please submit an online nomination here.

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.

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