Maria Hesse honored with Past Chair Award
Maria Hesse was honored with the Past Chair Award from the ASU Alumni Association during the 2009 homecoming game. During her term as chair in 2008-09, Hesse supported the emergence of the Alumni Association as a model alumni organization. Under her guidance, the Alumni Association successfully transitioned to a new alumni board structure and launched the ASU National Alumni Council, which extended the association’s capacity to meet the needs of ASU graduates across the country.
Hesse also was involved in the planning and execution of the 2009 Founders’ Day Dinner and Awards ceremony. This year’s event broke previous attendance records and provided a signature venue for introducing the Challenges Project at ASU to the university community. She also supported the development of new career-related initiatives at the association, including the Maroon and Gold Professionals and Women In Business networking groups.
After her term as board chair ended on July 1, Hesse became vice provost for transfer partnerships at ASU. Prior to her joining the university as an employee, she was president and CEO of Chandler-Gilbert Community College.