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Alumni Volunteer Award Winners

2019 - John Hindle, BA'68, PhD'81

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While John Hindle’s extensive international business career included stints as a senior executive and adviser to companies in both the United States and Europe, he has always shined as a leader among Vanderbilt volunteers.

He has served Vanderbilt through many volunteer roles, including president of the London Vanderbilt Chapter, president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board and as alumni trustee on the Board of Trust. He has also been a Giving Day Ambassador, a career adviser, and a Commodore Recruitment Programs (CoRPs) volunteer.

Hindle also actively supports the university through philanthropy. He is a member of the Oak Leaf Society, the Sarratt Society that recognizes those who have made a planned gift for the university, and was the inaugural Sarratt Society Chair for the Class of 1968’s 50th Reunion.

2018 - Heiki Miki, MBA'96

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Heiki Miki is a tireless supporter of Vanderbilt and the Owen Graduate School of Management. He manages global business for Shinagawa Refractories, a leading refractory manufacturing company in Japan. Miki has been an invaluable university ambassador for 15 years, representing the university at U.S. Embassy events, recruiting prospective students, and helping build awareness and connections for Vanderbilt.

Miki has served numerous terms on the Owen Alumni Board. He has championed Vanderbilt activities in Japan since 2008, and in 2015 started the official Japan Vanderbilt Chapter, which has played an important role in bringing Vanderbilt alumni throughout the country together and connecting them with the university. He was honored with the Owen Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

 2017 - Stephen Jones, BA'74, MD'78

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Stephen Jones, BA ’74, MD ’78, is the recipient of the 2017 Vanderbilt Alumni Association Alumni Volunteer Award.

Jones is a retired major general with the US Army and has dedicated his time and counsel to mentoring Vanderbilt ROTC undergraduates and School of Medicine graduates entering military residency programs. He has also served on the Vanderbilt Medical Association Alumni Board and is a member of the Oak Leaf Society for philanthropic loyalty to the university.




 2016 - Eileen Effinger, BA'75

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Eileen Effinger, BA’75, is the recipient of the 2016 Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors Alumni Volunteer Award.

As a president of the Charlotte Vanderbilt Chapter, Reunion volunteer and Oak Leaf Society member, Eileen Effinger is a loyal supporter of Vanderbilt. Through educational, athletic and networking events she energized alumni and provided a venue for them to promote their businesses in the Charlotte area. Her collaboration with fellow chapter volunteers helped improve outreach in other cities. She spread this enthusiasm to her class and her sorority by encouraging them to attend Reunion, which strengthened their connection to the university. 




2015 - John "Buddy" Fisher, BA'50

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John “Buddy" Fisher, BA’50, is the recipient of the 2015 Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Director’s Alumni Volunteer Award.

Fisher is a longtime supporter of Vanderbilt and, through many roles, has been a dedicated volunteer. He provided valuable leadership while serving on the Alumni Association Board and for many years served as the face of Vanderbilt in his hometown of Columbia, Tennessee, as the president of the Maury County Vanderbilt Club. He has also served as a volunteer for the Commodore Recruitment Programs since 2008. As his class weekend chair, Fisher helped connect his classmates to Vanderbilt and encouraged them to make attending their Reunions a priority. He even took the initiative to plan a 60th Reunion gathering for his class—a first for any volunteer. That commitment extended to his time as Quinq chair, a role he embraced as an opportunity to strengthen the ties between those who graduated half a century ago and their alma mater. View Fisher’s award presentation from the 2015 Alumni Association Awards Ceremony.


2014 - Todd Jackson, BA'96

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Todd Jackson, BA’96, EMBA’08, is the 2014 recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Director’s new Alumni Volunteer Award.

As founders and co-chairs of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Young Ambassadors, Jackson and his wife, EB, have helped raise $250,000 and award seven Discovery Grants to innovative cancer researchers. Those grants have generated an additional $2.4 million in research funding. He also helped increase volunteer and giving participation as president of the Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Council and served as the fundraising chair for his fifth-year Reunion.




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