2017 Award Winners

Baylor University alumni and friends around the world make significant contributions to society in many forms. The Baylor University Meritorious Achievement Awards celebrate the distinctive mission of Baylor University and honor those who achieve remarkable success in a manner consistent with that mission. Following are the 2017-18 honorees.

Baylor Alumni of the Year Baylor Alumni of the Year

Bill, BBA '71 and Pat Carlton, BA '71

Awarded to graduates who have demonstrated remarkable achievement in the previous year.

Young Alumnus of the Year Young Alumnus of the Year

Aaron Graft, BA '00, JD '03

Awarded to a graduate age 40 or under who has demonstrated remarkable achievement in the previous year.

Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service

Kurt Kaiser

Awarded to individuals whose broad contributions to Christian ministry have made an immeasurable impact.

Pro Texana Medal of Service Pro Texana Medal of Service

Don R. Willett, BBA '88

Awarded to an individual whose contributions in furthering the mission of Baylor have made an immeasurable impact in the public or non-profit sector.

Distinguished Achievement Award Distinguished Achievement Award

David E. Garland

Bestowed on individuals who have made a distinct contribution to their particular profession, business or vocation and in doing so have brought honor to Baylor.

Medal of Service for Contributions to Medicine Medal of Service for Contributions to Medicine

Dr. Mark Adickes, BBA '84

Awarded to individuals for dedication to advancing their chosen fields and making significant impacts in our world.

Medal of Service for Contributions to Christian Ministry Medal of Service for Contributions to Christian Ministry

Barbara Walker, BS '67

Awarded to individuals for dedication to advancing their chosen fields and making significant impacts in our world.

W.R. White Meritorious Service Award W.R. White Meritorious Service Award

Preston Dyer, BA '60

Presented in recognition of outstanding service to Baylor and continued loyalty to the university.

Baylor Legacy Award Baylor Legacy Award

Ron Jones
John, BA '53 and L'Nell Starkey, BA '53

Awarded to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor or to causes that fit our mission as a Christian university.

Founders Medal Founders Medal

Don and Ruth Buchholz, BA '49

Reserved for men and women whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of Baylor.