• 10 • President’s Medalists The President’s Medal is presented annually by the University of Washington president to two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records in their class. One medal is given to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the University of Washington. The other is given to a student who entered the University with at least 60 transfer credits from a Washington community college. This year’s medalists are Grace Shannon Woodard, of Seattle, Washington, who is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and Andrew Vo, of Tacoma, Washington, who is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, Communities, and Organizations. Grace Shannon Woodard Andrew Vo Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award Since 1938, the University and the Alumni Association have presented an award to a former University of Washington student whose work has attained national or international prominence. The Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus award, which means “alumnus worthy of the highest praise,” is the highest honor bestowed by the University. The recipient is selected by a committee of University faculty and alumni. Today we add to the long and distinguished list of individuals who have received this award the name of Orin C. Smith, the former president and CEO of Starbucks. The award is being bestowed posthumously. Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Washington in 1965 with a BA in business administration and two years later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as the chief policy and finance officer for two Washington State governors, Dixie Lee Ray and Booth Gardner, before joining Starbucks in 1990 as the company’s chief financial and administrative officer. He was Starbuck’s president and CEO from 2000 until his retirement in 2005. Under his leadership, Fortune named Starbucks one of the “10 Most Admired Companies in America” in 2001, 2004, and 2005, and one of the “100 Best Places to Work in America” every year from 2000 to 2005. Institutional Investor named him “Best CEO” from 2002 – 2004 and in 2004, he was named “Best CEO in America” by Business Week. Mr. Smith received the University of Washington Foster School’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 2001 and Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2002. Mr. Smith’s philanthropic spirit and service to others were hallmarks of his life. At the University of Washington, he served on the Board of Regents for many years. He and his wife are Presidential Laureates at the UW and their generosity has supported the deanship at the Foster School, stem cell research and facilities at UW Medicine and scholarships at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.