Hank Conn named 2009 Alumnus of the Year
The Alumnus of the Year award is the highest honor the Alumni Association bestows. It recognizes outstanding graduates who have made significant contributions to their community, state or nation through public service, distinguished themselves in their professional careers and demonstrated a belief in the mission of UofL.
Hank Conn 64S, 69GB, 72GS
Hank Conn is a senior executive adviser for corporations around the world, guiding CEOs and executive teams as they lead their organizations through complex transformation and change. He is the former vice president of the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc.
Conn received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and master’s in business administration, all from UofL. He is the 2002 Alumni Fellow for the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and received the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus award from Speed.
He is the co-author of Maximum Performance Management, a best-selling guide to innovative management and compensation practices. He is working on a book on global business strategies needed for the new century.
In 2009 he and his wife, Becky, pledged more than $20 million to create the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship at UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering. The Conns’ gift is the largest individual donation ever to a public university in Kentucky.
2009 Alumni Fellow
Benjamin Streepey 78S, 79GS—J.B. Speed School of Engineering
Speed - Streepey Ben M. Streepey is the vice president and general manager of Business Products at Lexmark International. He is responsible for worldwide research, development and general management of the monochrome and color laser business. He has been with Lexmark since its inception in 1991.
He serves on the finance committee of St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Speed School Dean’s Industrial Board of Advisors, the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council and the Lexington Catholic High School board of directors.
Streepey received his B.S. in 1978 and master’s degree in 1979, both in electrical engineering, from Speed School. In 2005 the school honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.