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Distinguished Alumni Recognized at 2011 Carlson School Honors Dinner

September 22, 2011

University alums were honored with Outstanding Achievement awards.

Three distinguished University of Minnesota alumni were recently honored with Outstanding Achievement awards at the 2011 Carlson School Honors Dinner. The event was held at the Carlson School on September 22.

The Outstanding Achievement award is conferred by the Regents of the University to alumni who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions and have demonstrated exceptional leadership on a community, state, national, or international level.

Award recipients were:

Cynthia (Thia) Breen
'72 Bachelor of Science in Business
Estée Launder Companies

During the early stages of her career at Estée Lauder, Thia worked with the Clinique, Aramis, and Origins brands. Since that time she has continued to build a reputation as a strong leader and was most recently named global president of Estée Lauder Brands. She is on the Board of Governors of the Cosmetic Executive Women and serves on the board of the Fragrance Foundation where she was recently honored with inclusion in their prestigious Circle of Champions.

Thia has made a guest speaking appearance at Inside the Boardroom at the Carlson School.

John G. Stumpf
'80 Master of Business Administration
Wells Fargo

In 1982 John joined Norwest Corporation's loan administration department. He was soon promoted to senior vice president and chief credit officer for Norwest Bank, Minneapolis. Following Wells Fargo & Company's acquisition of Norwest Corporation in 1998, he was chosen to lead several banking divisions. More recently, John led one the largest mergers in banking history between Wells Fargo and Wachovia.

John has served on the Board of Overseers at the Carlson School.

William (Bill) G. Van Dyke
'76 Master of Business Administration
Donaldson Company, Inc. (Retired)

Bill's career with the Donaldson Company, Inc. began in 1974 when Donaldson acquired The Torit Corporation, a small private company where he worked. He spent ten years in various staff roles and ten more building the Industrial Group before being named president and COO in 1994. Bill added chairman and CEO to his title in 1996 and continued in those capacities until he relinquished the CEO title in 2004. He stepped down as chairman in 2005. During his tenure, Donaldson's revenue roughly doubled and share price quadrupled.

Since 1998, Bill has served as a member of the Carlson School's Board of Overseers, and was Chair from 2007 - 2010, after serving on the search committee that brought Alison Davis-Blake to the deanship at the Carlson School.

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