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Distinguished Alumni Named by University of Chicago Business School


Richard Teerlink, retired chairman, president and chief executive of Harley-Davidson, Inc., was named the distinguished corporate alumnus of 2004 by the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Andrew Alper, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, was named distinguished alumnus in the public sector, while theatrical producer Richard Steiner was chosen as distinguished entrepreneurial alumnus and Tao Huang, chief operating officer of Morningstar, Inc., was named distinguished young alumnus of the year.

They will receive their awards during the school's annual alumni celebration dinner Friday, November 5 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago .

The winners were selected by groups of alumni in Chicago , London , Singapore , New York and San Francisco . Nominations were sought from 39,000 alumni.

Teerlink was chosen as the distinguished corporate alumnus for his professional achievements in the management of an organization, according to Edward A. Snyder, dean. Rather than recognizing one noteworthy achievement, these four awards recognize a series of outstanding accomplishments, Snyder said.

Teerlink is a 1976 graduate of the executive MBA program at Chicago GSB. He joined Harley-Davidson as vice president and chief financial officer in 1981 and retired as its chief executive officer in 1999.

Alper, a 1981 graduate of Chicago GSB, was named distinguished alumnus in the public sector or public service category for his success in restructuring New York 's Economic Development Corporation and instilling a private sector focus throughout the organization. Before he was appointed to his position by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2001, Alper was chief operating officer of the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co.

Steiner, winner of the distinguished entrepreneurial alumnus award, produced his first Broadway play, Big River , in 1985. It won of seven Tony Awards. He went on to co-produce a series of Tony-winning productions including The Producers, Into the Woods, and The Secret Garden. Steiner received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1970.

Huang will receive the distinguished young alumnus award for his accomplishments at Morningstar, Inc., a financial information firm. He joined the company in 1990, was named a member of its executive committee in 1995, chief technology officer in 1996, president of international operations in 1998 and chief operating officer in 2000. Huang graduated from the executive MBA program at Chicago GSB in 1999.

Previous winners of the distinguished alumni awards include Philip Purcell, president and chief executive of Morgan Stanley, Karen Katen, president of Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals Group and James Kilts, chairman, president and chief executive of The Gillette Company.

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business is one of the oldest and largest business schools in the world. It offers five full-time and part-time MBA programs in addition to open enrollment executive education, custom corporate education and a Ph.D. program. The school has permanent campuses in Barcelona and Singapore in addition to two locations in Chicago . Current enrollment includes 1,100 full-time MBA students, 1,900 part-time MBA students and 120 Ph.D. students.

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business is one of the oldest and largest business schools in the world. It offers full-time and part-time MBA programs, a PhD program, and open enrollment executive education.