Meet the recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award, Fred Rogers Global Citizenship Award, and Alumni Service Award.
From left: Anthony DiResta ’77, Jorge Aguilar ’10, George Fisher ’65, and Jon Darrah ’64
Each year, the Rollins Alumni Awards recognize graduates who have made extraordinary contributions to society in their meaningful lives and productive careers. Graduates are nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, with President Grant Cornwell presiding over the culminating awards ceremony during Alumni Weekend, March 27-29, 2020. This year’s honorees include graduates who have made significant contributions to the field of law and international finance, a professor of chemistry, and a longtime administrator for the Peace Corps.
A new award this year honoring beloved alumnus, Fred Rogers '51 '74H, recognizes prominent alumni who exemplify the Rollins mission of global citizenship and responsible leadership through their extraordinary achievements and impact on society
Country Director (retired)
U.S. Peace Corps
During the course of a career that spanned more than four decades, Jon Darrah ’64 served as U.S. Peace Corps country director for many nations, including the Solomon Islands, Thailand, the Philippines, Russia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Poland, the Czech Republic, and China. At the time of his retirement in 2014, Darrah was said to be the Peace Corps’ longest-serving country director. His passion for facilitating aid efforts through young Americans and the populations they served eventually led to him holding the highest nonpolitical Peace Corps appointment.
Recognizes alumni who provide exceptional leadership to the College and their community through volunteerism and service activities
Holland & Knight Law Firm
Anthony DiResta ’77 regularly serves as a mentor to Rollins pre-law students and supports the next generation of Tars through his generosity and inclusion in the Benefactors’ Circle of the Fiat Lux Society. He brings more than four decades of experience as a nationally recognized leader in consumer protection law, with extensive experience in high-profile law enforcement investigations and trials. He is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office and serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Consumer Protection Defense and Compliance Team. In addition to being a director of the Rollins Alumni Board, DiResta serves or has served on boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Historical Society of the United States Supreme Court, the Palm Beach Symphony, Young Concert Artists, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding success and achieved remarkable distinction through their professional accomplishments
Professor of Chemistry
Dr. George Fisher ’65 has spent more than 40 years in academia, teaching chemistry to thousands of undergraduates and mentoring hundreds of those students in research. After earning a bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry from Rollins, Fisher obtained a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Florida, followed by a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Miami. Since 1988, Fisher has been a faculty member at Barry University, where he currently serves as a professor of chemistry. A longtime advocate for underserved students, Fisher received the South Florida American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Distinguished Service Award in 1991 and the ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Enter Careers in the Chemical Sciences in 2013.
Recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of alumni who graduated within the past 10 years
Legal Officer, Trade
CIPE-Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Jorge Aguilar ’10 is Legal Officer to the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation (GATF), an implementing mechanism of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. Aguilar works with governments and private sector partners around the world on trade reform projects ranging from risk management to the implementation of complex border processing systems. He advises the GATF on different aspects of international trade law, regulation, and policy with a focus on trade governance and facilitation.