2021 Alumni Achievement Awards

Spirit Awards - Alumni Achievement

The Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards were established to recognize the University’s distinguished graduates from each of its colleges and schools who have excelled in their chosen professions, demonstrated outstanding leadership in their work, and devoted themselves in service to the larger community. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

Oct. 1, 2021
The Henry Ford

6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program   

$50 per person
Complimentary Valet Parking 



The recipients of this year's Spirit Awards are:

Clifford C. Cook ’69, ’70, Senior Vice President (Ret.), Marathon Petroleum Company LLC 
College of Engineering & Science

Derk Pronger ’94, Chief Operating Officer, Beaumont Farmington
College of Health Professions

Henry G. (Hank) Durkin ’73,Technical Account Manager (Ret.), Microsoft Corp
College of Liberal Arts & Education

Joseph Coriaty, ’78, Managing 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, Partner (Ret.) Deloitte & Touche LLP
College of Business Administration