Honoring CWU's Finest Alumni

Honoring CWU's Finest Alumni

The 2020 Distinguished Alumni and 4 Under 40 award winners include 11 individuals who embrace Central Washington University’s spirit and passion.

Robert Ford, senior director of alumni relations, said the Distinguished Alumni Awards provide CWU with an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be a Wildcat.

“This year’s recipients have blazed new trails and demonstrated the grit and determination necessary to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of our students,” Ford said. “This group has not only given back through their time, talent, and financial resources, but have also encouraged others to give back.”

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

Alumni of the Year

Sid Andrews (’82)

Sid Andrews graduated from CWU-Lynnwood in 1982 with degrees in accounting and business administration. Last December, he made a generous financial contribution in the name of one of his former professors, creating the Allen Vautier Endowed Accounting Scholarship.

Philanthropist of the Year

Jean Putnam

Jean Putnam joined the CWU physical education department in 1967 and was a member of the university faculty through 1992. She was the first female academic dean at Central and has made significant contributions to the Wildcat Commons project.

Young Philanthropist of the Year

Justin Compton (’06)

Justin Compton graduated with a degree in mathematics in 2006 and works as an actuarial pricing analyst for Trupanion, a medical pet insurance company. He contributes to the Math Actuary Endowment fund, which helps students overcome the barriers of expensive actuarial exams.

College of Arts and Humanities

d’Elaine Johnson (’54)

d’Elaine Johnson is a 1954 graduate who is being recognized for her body of work as an influential artist and for her 24 years of teaching art for Seattle Public Schools.

College of Business

Spike Anderson (’67)

Spike Anderson is a 1967 graduate who is being recognized for investing his time in the CWU Entrepreneurship Program, and for his 50 years of experience as an owner and manager of operating businesses and commercial real estate investments.

College of Education and Professional Studies

Beth Vogt (’72)

Beth Vogt is a 1972 graduate who is being recognized for her almost 50 years of teaching, her continued involvement with Central, and for serving as a mentor to many students.

College of the Sciences

Michael Johnson (’84)

Michael Johnson, 1984 graduate, is being recognized for the various ways he has applied his degree, including his time serving in the Army and starting his own company, Crafted Analytics.

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