Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards honorees announced

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The 2020 University of Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards will recognize seven alumni with outstanding achievements and leadership in their work, and devotion to serve the community. Honorees reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

This year’s awards will be on Friday, April 24 in the Student Union Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and program will start at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $50 per person; RSVP by Wednesday, April 15. For more information visit or to register, visit

2020 Honorees

Clifford C. Cook ’69, ’70

Retired, Senior Vice President, Marathon Petroleum Company LLC

College of Engineering & Science

Derk Pronger ’94

Chief Operating Officer, Munson Medical Center

College of Health Professions

Henry G. (Hank) Durkin ’73

Retired, Technical Account Manager, Microsoft Corp

College of Liberal Arts & Education

Joseph Coriaty ’78

Partner Frederick Fisher & Partners

School of Architecture

Vernon R. (Ven) Johnson ’86

Owner/Founding Member Johnson Law PLC

School of Law

Richard Persiani, D.D.S. M.S. ’73

Affiliate Professor, University of Detroit Mercy

School of Dentistry

Eric J. Hespenheide ’75,

Retired, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

College of Business Administration