Honored Alumni

The Honored Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon Cal Poly alumni by the University’s Alumni Association. The award was established by the Association to provide recognition for outstanding graduates and former students of Cal Poly.

One Honored Alumni Award recipient is chosen every year alumni from the University’s seven academic colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Architecture and Environmental Design; Education; Engineering; Liberal Arts; Orfalea College of Business; and Science and Mathematics.

The Cal Poly Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Service Award annually to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated exceptional service to Cal Poly and the Alumni Association.

Awardees are honored each year during Homecoming at the Honored Alumni Banquet.

2018 Honoree: Phil Serna, MCRP

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M.S., City and Regional Planning, 1994
Sacramento County Board Supervisor

Phil Serna earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Cal Poly in 1994 after graduating from California State University, Sacramento. Serna is currently serving his second term on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and was re-elected to a third term in June 2018. In addition to his service as a Supervisor, Serna participates on many other boards and commissions, including chairing the Sacramento First 5 Commission and serving on the boards of Sacramento Regional Transit and Sacramento Library Authority; just three of the 30+ to which he commits time. In 2013 Governor Jerry Brown appointed Serna to serve as the first-ever Sacramento delegate to the California Air Resources Board. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Rules Committee one year later. Serna is a Sacramento native and the son of Sacramento’s first Latino mayor, the late Joe Serna Jr. Among his many priorities, Serna continues to work tirelessly protecting the American River Parkway, improving residents’ quality of life in some of the region’s most economically challenged neighborhoods, and reducing childhood health disparities countywide. Serna lives in Sacramento with his wife Roxanna Recinos-Serna (Architecture, ‘94) whom he met on a Cal Poly field trip, and to whom he credits the love and support necessary to do what he does for his home community.

Past Honored Alumni

2017 Doug Lowe
2016 Wendy Ornelas
2015 Scott F. Gaudineer
2014 Ted A. Hyman
2013 Paul H. Hamalian
2012  Jack A. Berridge
2011  David J. Gilmore
2010  James E. Grant
2009  Wally B. Gordon
2008  Rebekah G. Gladson
2007  Mark B. Haselton
2006  Brent Dickens
2005  Ken Stone
2004  Mark Montoya
2003  Peter Berg
2002  Milford Wayne Donaldson
2001  Emanuele Barelli
2000  Robin L. Rossi
1999  Eugene E. Cole
1998  Gerald G. Green
1997  Kenneth A. Rodriguez
1996  Donald W. Dreusike
1995  Thomas A. Sabol
1994  Ernesto M. Vasquez


1993  Dean M. Gelvin
1992  Jacque L. Keller
1991  Doug H. Austin
1990  Paul C. Crawford
1989  Christopher J. Smith
1988  M. John Vickerman, Jr.
1987  C. Nicholas Watry, III
1986  Michael A. Theilacker
1984  Deborah A. Weldon
1983  Ray Takata
1982  David A. Wright
1981  Lawrence L. Simons
1980  James R. McGranahan
1979  Ingeborg Rose
1978  Paul Neel
1977  Donald Bensen
1976  George Ikenoyama
1975  Roger Honberger
1974  Bernard Adams
1973  Joel Rottman
1972  Homer Delawie
1971  William Richardson
1970  James Luckman
1969  Benito Sinclai


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