University of North Carolina
Naval ROTC Alumni Association

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award is a graduate of the UNC NROTC program who has distinguished himself or herself in contributions to our Nation, the armed services, industry or business, the arts, philanthropy, or other social contributions. This is not a "distinguished member of the military" award, and the individuals need not have been career members of the armed forces. The board will consider the achievements of a non-military professional with an NROTC pedigree on equal footing with a career officer.

Previous awardees include:

 Name Award Year Awarded

H. Robert "Bob" Jones '53, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

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Distinguished Alumnus 2023

Rye S. Barcott '01

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Distinguished Alumnus 2020
James G. Zumwalt, II '70, Lt. Col, USMC (Ret.) Distinguished Alumnus 2019

Mikal J. Phillips, '97, CAPT, USN (Ret.)

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Distinguished Alumnus 2018

William O. McCoy '55

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Distinguished Alumnus 2018
The Honorable S. Jay Plager '52 Distinguished Alumnus 2017
Ann C. Phillips '83, RDML, USN (Ret.) Distinguished Alumna 2014
Kenneth E. Floyd '80 VADM, USN (Ret.) Distinguished Alumnus 2013
Rob Rivers '73, CAPT, USNR (Ret.) Distinguished Alumnus 2013

Michael B. Richardson '88, Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

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Distinguished Alumnus 2011
Marshall Ward, '44, CAPT, USN (Ret.) Distinguished Alumnus 2008

Janice Hamby '80, RDML, USN (Ret.)

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Distinguished Alumna 2006

Charles Neely '65

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Distinguished Alumnus 2002

Travis Porter '53

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Distinguished Alumnus 2001


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