Alumni Wall of Fame

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.

2017 Inductees

Wall of Fame
Back row: Anne Giacoma Barretta AS83, President of the UD Alumni Association;
Dennis Assanis, UD President; Eleni Assanis
Front row: Ann Massey Badmus EG84; Paul McConnell AS74;
Elizabeth Anthony Mattey HS77, M94

Ann Massey Badmus, EG84 received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UD in 1984 and went on to earn her law degree in 1989 from Widener University School of Law. She is currently a partner in the Immigration Law Section of Scheef and Stone LLP. Badmus is a nationally recognized immigration lawyer and a sought-after speaker on immigration law. She has published numerous articles, hosted a television program, been interviewed on the national and local radio and written a book on immigration for physicians.

Richard J. Gannon, AS87 earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UD in 1987. As a student, Gannon was the first football player in UD history to set 21 school records. After graduation, Gannon entered the 1987 NFL draft and was selected by the New England Patriots. He achieved his greatest successes with the Oakland Raiders, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. When Gannon retired from football, he joined CBS as an NFL analyst. In addition to his CBS duties, Gannon is a highly-regarded sports analyst and co-host of The Sirius Blitz on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Elizabeth Anthony Mattey, HS77 received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1977 and her master’s in nursing in 1994 from UD. Mattey is the lead school nurse in the Brandywine School District, having worked as a school nurse for 30 years. She is the president of the National Association of School Nurses, which serves almost 17,000 school nurses around the country. She is also currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation in Delaware and a past president of the Delaware School Nurse Association.

Paul M. McConnell, AS74 received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UD in 1974. He is the founder of McConnell Development Inc., McConnell Johnson Real Estate and 1313 Innovation. McConnell has developed office, residential, commercial and industrial properties, totaling over 5 million square feet in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 1313 Innovation was the first community-based mobile tech innovation center, a collaborative environment for professionals and students. In 2015, 1313 Innovation hosted more than 100 events, including the Tech2Gether conference, the anchor event of the first Delaware Innovation Week, highlighting local entrepreneurs, start-up companies and showcasing emerging technologies. 

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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