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Business School's top academic, inspirational awards go to Leo Linbeck

STANFORD -- Two major honors are awarded to graduating MBAs at the Stanford Business School - one for academic achievement and the other for personal leadership. This year, for the first time, one person received both. At the school's commencement ceremony June 12, Leo Linbeck III of Houston was named top scholar of the MBA Class of 1994 and voted by his classmates winner of the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award for his enthusiastic participation and leadership in nearly every aspect of student life.

Linbeck's achievements were only a sidebar to a day that saw the granting of 389 advanced degrees. Six students were awarded the PhD; 47 middle managers who successfully completed the yearlong Sloan Program were given the Master of Science in Management; and 336 people received the MBA degree, including two who were awarded JD/MBAs jointly with the School of Law.

Christopher Marx, a 1989 Harvard graduate in economics from Chatham, N.J., was selected by the finance faculty for the Alexander A. Robichek Student Achievement Award in Finance.

Those who placed academically in the top 10 percent of the MBA class were designated Arjay Miller Scholars, honoring former dean Miller, who presented the awards. According to tradition, names were read in alphabetical order rather than by class standing (see list at end); only the top scholar, Linbeck, was identified.

Linbeck is a 1984 graduate of Notre Dame with a double major in Great Books and civil engineering; he holds a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas-Austin, awarded in 1987. At Stanford, Linbeck was co-coordinator of the Public Management Program; co-chair of the business school's Academic Committee; columnist for the business school's student newspaper; a coach at the Flood School in neighboring East Palo Alto; and a founder of the Global Management Program, a certificate program within the MBA program, which announced its first 18 graduates at the commencement ceremony.

By all accounts, Linbeck's happiest achievement at Stanford is 5-month-old Leo Linbeck IV, who wearing a pint-sized mortarboard was one of several infants carried by proud dads and moms through the sunny Sunday ceremony.

Arjay Miller Scholars, their undergraduate institutions and hometowns are:

John N. Abraham, Trinity University '90, Tulsa, Okla.

Brian E. Anderluh, Cornell '89, Glenview, Ill.

Gregory F. Back, Yale '89, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Richard E. Bilodeau, Stanford '87, San Jose, Calif.

Anthony D. Bruce, Yale '89, Washington, D.C.

Andrew W. Burch, Yale '90, Houston

Randell Chappel, Stanford '89, Arlington, Texas

Sarah A. Chetwynd, Oxford '89, London, United Kingdom

Craig Courtney, Princeton '87, Lafayette, Calif.

Mark G. Fornasiero, Cornell '89, Buffalo, N.Y.

Alexander Frenkel, Harvard '89, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Hank Gibson, Dartmouth '86, San Francisco

David R. Golob, Harvard '89, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

David M. Hooper, Georgetown '89, Rye, N.Y.

Steven Kessel, Dartmouth '87, Framingham, Mass.

Sharon S. Kim, Stanford '89, Kirkland, Wash.

Thane Kreiner, University of Texas '83, Seattle

Thomas Kurian, Princeton '90, Bangalore, India

Michael W. Lesyna, Stanford '82, San Jose, Calif.

Adam D. Levy, City University of New York '90, Great Neck, N.Y.

Leo E. Linbeck, Notre Dame '84, Houston

Thomas Linebarger, Claremont McKenna College/Stanford '86, Los Altos, Calif.

Linda S. Lund, Claremont McKenna College '89, Eau Claire, Wis.

Christopher Marx, Harvard '89, Chatham, N.J.

Benjamin J. Miller, Williams College '88, East Montpelier, Vt.

Duncan J. Palmer, Cambridge '87, Manchester, United Kingdom

Barton Livingston Reed, Carleton College '90, Minneapolis

Murray D. Roblin, University of California-Berkeley '82, Palo Alto, Calif.

Alex S. Satchell, Cambridge '88, Kingswood, England

Peter D. Seymour, Stanford '89, Arlington, Va.

Hans E. Vaule, Bates College '85, Menlo Park, Calif.

Victor M. Vidaurre, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile '90, Santiago, Chile

Michelangelo A. Volpi, Stanford '88, Milan, Italy

Christopher Whitney, Cornell '87, Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Michael F. Wyatt, Stanford '90, Atherton, Calif.

Lee S. Zimmerman, University of California-Los Angeles '87, Northbrook, Ill.



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