Dr. Cliff Harkins (1932) Distinguished Citizen of the Year award

Current award winner

Steve Peru, '79 BS Applied Sociology, '90 MPA, is the 2016 Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year.


This award recognizes distinguished service to nonprofit organizations, governmental assignments at the municipal, county, state or federal level, or other outstanding service as a citizen.

About Cliff Harkins

Cliff was president of the Alumni Association in 1938. He was state superintendent of public instruction for the state of Arizona, as well as the superintendent of Madison District in Phoenix during his 50-year career in education.

Cliff pioneered education advancement for the state of Arizona and won the Distinguished Citizen Award. Cliff died in 1992.