Sloan Alumni Achievement Award

Established in 2014, this award seeks to recognize a Sloan alumnae/alumnus who through their endeavors in healthcare administration demonstrate the relevance and significance of the education they received in the Sloan Program at Cornell University. As leaders they have branched out in many directions to use their knowledge and skills to change the world.

It has long been recognized that graduates of the Sloan Program in Health Administration have made significant contributions to their industry, they have been advocates for change, and have had substantial impact in their work place and their community, and generously supported the Sloan Program and its students.

To provide an opportunity to honor those who have demonstrated such accomplishments, the Sloan Alumni Association (SAA) Board established the Alumni Achievement Award in 2014 to recognize those who have:

  • given of their time to support the Sloan Program and Sloan students
  • been a significant influence in the health care industry
  • been recognized for their distinguished career

This award is presented annually.  Nominations for the Sloan Alumni Achievement Award will be accepted for 2017 beginning in the Fall of 2016. 

2016 Recipient
M. Azzara

Michael W. Azzara '71

The Sloan Alumni Association is pleased to honor the recipient of its annual Alumni Achievement Award. Michael W. Azzara is a Senior Consultant with Foley Proctor Yoskowitz, a healthcare consulting firm specializing in executive search, physician recruitment and management consulting for the healthcare industry. Since joining Foley Proctor Yoskowitz in October 2003, he has focused on executive and physician search, hospital governance assessment, leadership development and succession planning.

Mike is Past President of the Sloan Alumni Association at Cornell University, and has been an active and integral volunteer with the program during the four and a half decades since his graduation. Over the years he has been a mentor and advisor for numerous prospective and current students as well as alumni. A strong advocate for the program, Mike played an active role in helping to seek summer internships and job placements for graduating students in addition to promoting philanthropic support of Sloan. View full bio here.

2015 Recipient
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Richard McK. F. Southby '67

The Sloan Alumni Association is pleased to honor the recipient of its annual Alumni Achievement Award.  Richard Southby has committed his life to public health through his career, education and community involvement. He began his journey in his native Australia, where he had originally planned to go into hospital administration. His career path changed course while at Sloan. He saw his future in the emerging field of health policy and developed a passion for putting more emphasis on public health where he saw growing opportunities. Dr. Southby went on to become one of the founders of the School of Public Health and Health Services at the George Washington University. He's had an impact on the field across the globe and is passionate about reforming the U.S. health care system to focus more on public health. His leadership, initiatives, and contributions have had a lasting impact on the health care industry, and his involvement as a graduate of Sloanhas greatly benefited the program, its students and faculty.  View full bio here.

2014 Recipient
Bernie Kershner

Bernard A. Kershner '64

Bernie Kershner sets the standard for this award. He has demonstrated outstanding success and distinction during his career. His significant accomplishments and achievements have contributed greatly in many areas of the healthcare industry. Bernie is recognized for his leadership, innovation, and lasting contributions that have impacted individuals and organizations, most importantly, the Sloan Program, its students, faculty, and alumni. View full bio here.

View the Kershner Interview video with award recipient Bernie Kershner '64 and Sloan Alumni Association President, Aaron Mitra '01.