Since 1981, the College has presented this award to one who personifies the value of a liberal arts education and has brought distinction to themselves and to the College. Nominations for the awards come from alumni and the recipients are selected by an awards committee comprised of faculty, staff, and alumni.
The 2022 Alumni Achievement Award recipients who will be recognized at Reunion during the Reunion Celebration: College Update, Class Giving Presentation, and 2022 Alumni Achievement Award Ceremony to be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Watch the ceremony live on Youtube > > >
Throughout her professional career, Amanda Clark Fox worked to advance in the corporate world, most recently as a partner with the global executive search firm Spencer Stuart of Chicago, while also remaining active in philanthropic work.
Over the years, she’s served on the board of directors for organizations as varied as the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and AccessLiving, which advocates for people with disabilities.
Her volunteer work with the Lyric Opera also led to the establishment, with her late husband Matthew, of an annual 10-week internship for a Randolph student.
Fox studied political science at the College and later served on its Board of Trustees, chairing the enrollment and presidential search committees and serving on the membership committee. She retired from the board in 2007 after 10 years of service.
Her professional career spans a number of industries. At Spencer Stuart, she directed searches for life sciences and insurance companies, leading a number of CEO succession assignments for most of the top companies in the insurance industry
Prior to that, she oversaw personnel and labor relations for three metropolitan newspapers in New York and Chicago; served as director of recruitment for the consumer products division of American Home Productions; directed professional manpower planning for Amoco Corporation; and was vice president of human resources and administration at Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association.
An astrophysicist by training, Sherrie Preische now works on election modeling as co-owner of FiftyOne Percent, a political polling and data analytics company.
She majored in physics with minors in mathematics and Asian Studies at the College before earning her Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. Her work there involved fusion energy research in the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics.
Preische went on to do post-doctoral research in fusion energy through a fellowship awarded by the French Foreign Ministry for American scientists.
Before getting into politics, she served as the American Physical Society’s associate director for special projects, managing major public education activities that highlighted the contributions of physics to society.
In the late 1990s, she helped a fellow physicist, Rush Holt, win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and ran his New Jersey office.
Since then, she has led various state commissions involved with science and technology, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology among them. The state agency provides assistance to technology companies and research universities and has served as a policy advisor for several New Jersey governors.
Preische also worked as director of business development at the biotech firm Genmab and has advised multiple political campaigns. FiftyOne Percent works with state and federal candidates on polling and voter analytics.