Do you know of an alumnus making an impact in the world? 

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes one graduate who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service in both the professional and philanthropic realms. The recipient will have also contributed significantly to the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management by donating time, energy, talent or financial support and will have built networks through class activities, regional programs such as Closing Bell, board involvement and service to current students and faculty.

The Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management annually grants the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, not only to honor worthy recipients, but also to inspire students and alumni.

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Congratulations to Paul Jacobson (MBA'97)!

Dean Johnson was honored to award Paul Jacobson, CFO of Delta Airlines, with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Paul received his MBA from Owen in 1997 and has gone on realize his childhood dream of working in aviation. Following graduation, he started at Delta Airlines as a financial analyst. He is is currently the Chief Financial Officer. Paul made himself invaluable to the company through hard work, dedication, laser-focused strategy, long-term goal setting and, that key ingredient, passion. Paul has also been invaluable to our Owen community with his engagement at every level from mentoring students, to speaking at Reunion, to serving on our Board of Visitors, to foundational philanthropic support for our building renovation and expansion.

We are proud to count him among our Owen alumni and grateful for all that he does for Owen.

It was our pleasure to congratulate him on earning the 2019 Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award!

Read Paul's Story.

Past Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2018 Adena Friedman (MBA'92)

2017 W. Jackson (Jack) Long, Jr. (MBA'83)

2016 Virginia “Gigi” Banks Lazenby (MBA'73)

2015  Heiki Miki (MBA'96)

2014 Brent Turner (MBA'99)

2013 Eric Noll (MBA'90)

2012 Jim Sohr (BE'86, MBA'90)

2011 David B. Ingram (MBA'89)

2006 A.J. Kazimi (MBA'84)

2005 Amy Jorgensen Conlee (MBA'77)

2004 William Douglas Parker, Jr. (MBA’86)

2003 David C. Kloeppel (MBA’96)

2002 James H. Herring, Jr. (MBA’89)

2000 Kimberley G. Newton (MBA’99)

1999 Brad Williams (MBA’94)

1998 J. Smoke Wallin (MBA’93)

1997 Donald E. Townswick (MBA’92)

1996 Robert W. Davis (MBA’91)

1995 Thomas Eckert (MBA’90)

1994 James Welch (MBA’89)

1993 Mark Hilling (MBA’88)

1992 Brian M. Cote (MBA’87)

1991 Carin L. Barth (MBA’86)

A plaque listing all Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award recipients hangs in Management Hall at Owen.