The Alumni Association is proud to continue its tradition, dating back to 1963, of recognizing outstanding alumni of Georgia State University. The award honors alumni who have become acknowledged leaders in their respective industries, outstanding contributors to the improvement of their communities and have shown a committed record of service to Georgia State University. Please join us for a banquet in honor of the this year's Distinguished Alumni:
Mr. Anil Sawant, PhD ‘88, Biological Sciences
Ms. Geri Thomas, BS ‘85, Urban Studies
Anil D. Sawant (Ph.D. ’88) is vice president of Regulatory Compliance
for Johnson & Johnson consumer companies. Sawant joined Johnson
& Johnson with 20 years’ experience and, prior to that, he served as
vice president for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Sawant serves on the
Regulatory Affair and Quality Advisory Board of Parenteral Drug
Association, and is the chairperson of the PDA Task Force on 2, 4, 6
Tribromoanisole (TBA). Sawant holds a B.S. honors degree and a M.S.
honors degree in microbiology and biochemistry from Panjab University in
India and a Ph.D. in microbial and biochemical sciences from GSU.
Geri Thomas (B.S. ’85) is Georgia market president and global diversity and inclusion executive for Bank of America. Thomas has worked for Bank of America since 1970 and in addition to her duties as Georgia market president, she also oversees social responsibility strategy. Thomas serves as a member of many groups, including: the board of councilors of the Carter Center, the Buckhead Coalition and the board of trustees of Georgia State University Foundation. She was named one of the “100 most influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Thomas received a B.S. in urban studies from Georgia State.
Mr. Joseph D. Sansone, MBA ‘79, Management
Joseph D. Sansone (M.B.A. ’79) is the founder, chairman and CEO of
Pediatria HealthCare, which provides treatment centers for children and
home nursing services. Previously, Sansone founded several companies,
including Pediatric Service of America and Pediatric Physician Alliance.
Among the many awards Sansone has received, in 2007, he accepted the J.
Mack Robinson College of Business Entrepreneurship Award from GSU. He
currently serves on the GSU Foundation’s board of trustees and the
School of Nursing and Health Professions advisory board. Sansone
received a B.S. in healthcare administration from Northeastern
University in Boston and an M.B.A. from GSU.
For a list of all previous DAA Honorees, please click here.
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