LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hank Conn, a University of Louisville engineering and business graduate who along with his wife, Becky, has pledged more than $20 million to boost alternative energy research in Kentucky, has been named UofL’s 2009 Alumnus of the Year.
The honor is the highest bestowed by the university’s alumni association.
An Atlanta resident, Conn is former vice president of the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney Inc. and now advises corporations worldwide. His gift allowed UofL to create the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship, where scientists will ramp up study of alternative energies like solar and wind power and biofuels.
Conn earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering in 1964 and 1972 and a master’s in business administration from its College of Business in 1969.
Being honored as UofL Alumni Fellows this year are: