• 2014 DAA Recipient


    Dr. Michael MarlettaDr. Michael Marletta

    President and CEO of The Scripps Research Institute
    1973 State University of New York at Fredonia


    Renowned biochemist Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D. (SUNY Fredonia, 1973) is president and CEO of The Scripps Research Institute (California) and the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Chair in Chemistry. Marletta was formerly at UC Berkeley, where he was chair of the Department of Chemistry, co-director of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program, Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. Prior to that he was the John G. Searle Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Professor of Biological Chemistry at University of Michigan. Read his full bio

    DAA Recipients

      2013
      Ivan Seidenberg, Former Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., 1972 Graduate of Lehman College – City University of New York

      2012
      Julius Chambers, Noted Civil Rights Attorney and Educator, 1958 graduate of North Carolina Central University

      2011
      Robin Roberts
      , Good Morning America Co-Anchor, 1983 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University

      2010
      General Ann E. Dunwoody
      , Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, 1975 graduate of State University of New York College at Cortland

      2009
      Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1979 graduate of Georgia Southern University

      2008
      Tom Brokaw, Journalist and author, University of South Dakota

      2007
      Nancy Aossey, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Medical Corps (IMC), The University of Northern Iowa

      2006
      Julius H. Jacobson, II, Dr. Emeritus of Vascular Surgery and Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical in New York City, The Unversity of Toledo, Ohio

      2005
      General Tommy Franks, Ret. Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, The University of Texas at Arlington

      2004
      Marvin Hamlisch, Composer and conductor, Queens College, City College of New York

      2002
      Amy Tan, Author, San José State University, California

      2000
      The Honorable Tom Daschle, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate (D-SD); South Dakota State University

      2000
      Robert A. Ingram, Chief Executive, Glaxo Wellcome, plc; Eastern Illinois University

      1999
      General Henry H. Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Auburn University at Montgomery

      1998
      The Honorable Griffin B. Bell, former United States Attorney General; Georgia Southwestern State University

      1997
      Antonia Coello Novello, Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and Special Director for Community Health Policy, former Surgeon General of U.S. Public Health Service; University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

      1996
      Gertrude Belle Elion, Biochemist and Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine; City University of New York, Hunter College

      1995
      Leon M. Lederman, Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Pritzker Professor of Science, Illinois Institute of Technology; City University of New York, City College

      1994
      Sook He Kim, Minister of Education, Republic of Korea; Texas Woman’s University (recipient of the International Distinguished Alumnus Award)

      1993
      R.C. Gorman, Artist and Sculptor; Northern Arizona University

      1993
      Dan Rather, Journalist and CBS News Anchor; Sam Houston State University, Texas

      1992
      General Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; City College of the City University of New York

      1992
      Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author; Mississippi University for Women

      1991
      Mary Lowe Good, Chair, National Science Board, and Senior Vice President, Technology, Allied Signal, Inc.; University of Central Arkansas

      1991
      Douglas J. Heir, world champion wheelchair athlete, legal advocate for senior citizens and persons with disabilities and chairman and chief executive officer, Access, Inc.; Ramapo College of New Jersey

      1990
      Katherine Davalos Ortega, Treasurer of the United States; Eastern New Mexico University

      1990
      Eva Marie Saint, Academy Award-Winning Actress; Bowling Green State University, Ohio

      1989
      James M. Buchanan, Professor, Center for the Study of Public Choice, George Mason University and recipient of Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Middle State University, Tennessee and George Mason University, Virginia

      1989
      Jaime A. Escalante, Teacher; California State University, Los Angeles

      1988
      Shirley Chisholm, Former Congresswoman; City University of New York, Brooklyn College

      1988
      Burl Ives, Singer, Actor, Entertainer; Eastern Illinois University

      1987
      Rosalynn Carter, mental health advocate, author and former First Lady; Georgia Southwestern College

      1987
      Claude E. ZoBell, Professor of Marine Microbiology Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Idaho State University

      1986
      James M. Bowen, Professor of Virology and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System Cancer Center; Midwestern State University, Texas

      1986
      The Honorable Edith Green, Educator and Former Congresswoman from Oregon; Western Oregon State College

      1985
      Jim Davis, Cartoonist; Ball State University, Indiana

      1985
      The Honorable Robert Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas; Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas

      1984
      Val Fitch, James H. McDonnel Distinguished Professor of Physics, Princeton University, 1980 Nobel Prize Winner; Chadron State College, Nebraska

      1984
      Barbara Jordan, Lyndon B. Johnson Public Service Professor, University of Texas, Former Congresswoman from Texas; Texas Southern University

      1983
      Paul Woodring, Distinguished Service Professor, Western Washington University, and Former Editor, Education Supplement, Saturday Review; Bowling Green State University, Ohio

      1982
      John F. O’Connell, Former Chairman, California State University Board of Trustees, and Former President, Bechtel, Inc.; California State University, Chico

      1981
      Merze Tate, International Scholar, Historian, and Former University Professor; Western Michigan University

      1980
      Donald F. McHenry, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Illinois State University

      1979
      Wilson Riles, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of California; Northern Arizona University

      1978
      Ruth Chickering Clusen, Former President of the League of Women Voters and Assistant Secretary for Environment, U.S. Department of Energy; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

      1977
      Marvin L. Stone, Former Editor, U.S. News & World Report; Marshall University, West Virginia

      1976
      The Honorable Val Peterson, Former Governor of Nebraska and Former Ambassador to Denmark and Finland; Wayne State College, Nebraska

      1975
      The Honorable Philip Sanchez, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Honduras; California State University, Fresno

      1974
      James A. Michener, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner; University of Northern Colorado

      1974
      Leslie H. Warner, Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, General Telephone and Electronics Corporation; Wichita State University, Kansas

      1973
      Julian Goodman, Former President, National Broadcasting Company; Western Kentucky University

      1972
      President Lyndon B. Johnson; Southwest Texas State University