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Business School's top academic award goes to Gordon Holmes

STANFORD -- Gordon Holmes, a native of Dublin, Ireland, who worked as a financial analyst before coming to the Business School, received the Henry Ford II Scholar award Sunday, June 18, as the top student academically in the MBA Class of 1995.

An Irish soccer fan who tutored students at a Palo Alto grade school and helped organize the Business School's annual fundraising drive for the Special Olympics, Holmes received a standing ovation from his classmates when the award was announced during the school's graduation ceremony.

Grades are not made public during the two years MBA students spend at the Business School. The only official indication of where students rank academically comes each year at commencement, when the names of the students in the top 10 percent of the class are read in alphabetical order, and the top student is announced.

The Class of '95 came to its feet again when Srija Srinivasan was named winner of the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award, named in memory of the former Business School dean. The award recognizes the student who makes outstanding contributions to the fulfillment of the goals of the school. Srinivasan worked as an analyst for the San Mateo County (Calif.) Health Department before coming to the Stanford Business School. Her brother, Srikanth, is also a member of the class and received both MBA and JD degrees on Sunday. The two are from Lawrence, Kan.

Kousuke Kato of Tokyo received the Alexander Robichek award for outstanding work in finance.

The school presented 343 MBA degrees, and 10 students earned degrees in both law and business. Among the 343 MBA graduates were 16 who earned additional master's degrees. In addition to their MBA degrees they earned master's degrees in systems engineering, education, biology, food research and economic development, communication and media studies, Latin American studies, or international policy studies.

Thirty-five students earned certificates from the Business School's two- year-old Global Management Program, and 36 earned Public Management certificates. Both programs require students to complete a set of requirements in addition to those needed for an MBA.

The 46 Sloan Fellows earned Master of Science in Management degrees after completing a one-year program designed for mid-career managers.

The school conferred nine doctoral degrees, including one earned by Jan Van Mieghem, who became the first Business School student to earn a doctorate under Stanford's Future Professors of Manufacturing program. The program is designed to educate faculty members for academic programs in manufacturing. (See accompanying article.)



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