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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their chosen profession, have made a positive impact on their community and are involved with the College.

Wendell Wierenga

Wendell Wierenga ’70

Dr. Wendell Wierenga is a senior pharmaceutical/biotech executive and has devoted more than 40 years to science. After graduating from Hope he went on to complete his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stanford University. He has extensive leadership experience and currently serves on the boards of six publicly traded companies as well as the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). He has over thirty years of experience in matters relating to pharmaceutical drug discovery and development in a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Michael MaganMichael Magan ’88

Michael Magan is a seasoned political veteran with more than 20 years experience in international affairs. Prior to moving to London he served in several senior foreign policy positions in the George W. Bush administration including Special Assistant to the President. He also served as a congressional staff member and held senior positions in the United States Chamber of Commerce. His company, Magan Dahlgren Ltd., offers advice on developing and implementing international strategic plans and expanding in major emerging markets.

The Alumni Association select recipients for this award from nominations that meet the following criteria:

  • Contributions to society through volunteerism
  • Achievements within a profession
  • Active involvement with the college
  • Have earned at least 45 credit hours at Hope College
  • Nominees for this award are eligible to be nominated for other awards
  • Current members of the Alumni Board and the Hope College Board of Trustees are not eligible for this award