Two alumni honored with MSU Grand Awards

October 22, 2015
William Mayes (left) with Scott Westerman, associate vice president of the MSU Alumni Association.

William Mayes (left) with Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association.

College of Education alumni William Mayes and Joan Secchia were among 10 Spartans recognized for their contributions to the university at the annual MSU Grand Awards Gala on Oct. 1.

William Mayes, M.A. ’74 (Educational Administration), a former executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Mayes was one of five to receive the award, which celebrates the professional accomplishments, integrity and character of alumni. Mayes lives in Lansing, Mich.

The Honorable Peter F. Secchia (left), Joan P. Secchia (middle) and Scott Westerman.

The Honorable Peter F. Secchia (left), Joan P. Secchia (middle) and Scott Westerman.

The Honorable Peter F. Secchia, B.A. ’63 (Economics) and honorary Ph.D. ’97 (Humanities) and Joan Secchia, B.A. ’64 (Education), were presented with the Philanthropist Award. The award is presented to individuals, families or associations with a proven record of providing major, ongoing financial support and leadership to MSU. The Secchias have established numerous endowments and also hold many memberships and board positions that provide support to the university. Peter is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was the U.S. ambassador to Italy from 1989-93; Joan is a former elementary education teacher. They reside in Grand Rapids, Mich.

These alumni, selected by the MSU Alumni Association Awards Committee, were recognized for their accomplishments during the celebrations of the 100th MSU Homecoming.

Photo credit: Harley J. Seeley Photography.