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Distinguished Alumni Award

Requirements | Nomination | Selection Process

Since 2003, Carol Morgan School honors every year an alumnus or an alumna who has excelled in their leadership roles, contributions to society, as well as demonstrated character skills reflecting values such as conscientiousness, and openness to learning and honesty.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipient has the privilege of addressing the graduating class during the Senior Alumni Reception. This presents an opportunity to motivate them to serve as leaders in our society, to maintain a close relationship with Carol Morgan School and to uphold and live by the values shared by the CMS community. Distinguished Alumni Award recipients join a notable group of Alums who have been presented with this recognition in the past.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Máximo Vidal '75 and Alumni Chair Georgia Reid '93

Máximo R. Vidal Espaillat, Class of 1975
BS degree in Business Administration with Magna Cum Laude Honors from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, an MBA from Xavier, and received a full merit scholarship for his academic achievements.

Máximo began his career at Citibank Dominican Republic as Management Associate in 1982, and served in different capacities such as Review Officer, Corporate Bank Head, Country Risk Manager, Senior Credit Officer, and CCO, in USA and Latin America. Since 2005, he’s served as Citi Country Officer for Citi Dominican Republic.

Máximo is a board member of different associations, including the Bank Association of the Dominican Republic, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Foreign Investment Companies, Junior Achievement Dominicana, and the executive committee of the National Council for Private Enterprise. Máximo demonstrates a high degree of commitment and leadership towards social issues and works for a more just society for all.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2016 Georges Santoni Recio, Class of 1977
Law degree, cum laude, from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU). Certificate in United States Law & Legal Institutions from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Masters in commercial Law from L'Universite de Droit, d'Economie et de Sciences Sociales de Paris. Member of Dominican Bar Association, IDEMPRESA, FINJUS, EDUCA, CED which led the successful campaign of "4% para la educación". Managing partner at dominican firm, Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti. Actively involved in various Dominican and international civic organizations with considerable contributions to the fields of public education, institutionality and the rule of law and electoral process.

2015 James Henry Willig, M.D. M.S.P.H. Class of 1991
Doctor in Medicine, Master of Science in Public Health. Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease in the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Director of Medical Informatics UAB with research in Biomedical informatics (use of information technologies to improve quality of care) and in HIV outcomes.

2014 Jaak E. Rannik - 8th Gr. Class of 1960
Business Degree from the University of Miami. Served in the US Coast Guard from 1969 to 1972. In 1980 took over the presidency of Baez & Rannik, where he served for 33 years. In 1986, he and his brother restructured the company and branched out into several commercial fields. Made great contributions to the field of marine operation and the growth of Dominican exports.

2013 Ramón Cáceres Rodríguez - Class of 1979
Ph.D. in Computer Science and M.S. in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley. B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. Currently a Software Engineer at Google. Previously a Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs, a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, and Chief Scientist of Vindigo, a pioneering provider of local search applications for mobile devices. Holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. Shares eight granted patents and other nine pending. Has worked to promote the careers of women and underrepresented minorities in computer science.

2012 Steven J. Puig - Class of 1978
Master's degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management of Arizona, and a degree from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. Is currently Executive Vice President and General Manager of Banco BHD León. Previously Vice President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Mr. Puig was responsible for coordinating the IDB Group's private sector and non-sovereign guaranteed operations.

2011 Gregory Castleman – Class of 1972
Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Has developed new designs for floating oil and gas production platforms, floating and self-elevating drilling platforms, and wind turbine maintenance vessels, as well as, designed for a variety of state-of-theart tugboats, high speed crewboats, container carriers, and tankers.

2010 José Rafael Yunén – Class of 1990
MD, Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Fellow, Surgical Critical Care Fellow, Critical Care Medicine Attending Montefiore Medical Center, Moses Division Cardiothoracic and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Liver Transplant Team Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, New York (2008-Present). Director of Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Director of Intermediate Care Unit, Co-Director of Infectious Diseases & Microbiology at CEDIMAT, Plaza de la Salud, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2008-Present).

2009 Mary Fernández – Class of 1974
Partner and Founder of Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández. Head of the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR) and the Board of Directors of the Asociación Dominicana de Propiedad Intelectual, Inc. (ADOPI).

2008 Todd J. Martínez – Class of 1985
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Professor at Stanford University, Ph. D., Recipient of several awards as researcher.

2007 Ligia Bonetti – Class of 1986
Chairperson and CEO of Grupo SID since January 2015. Former Vice President of Business Development, Kimberly Clark products for Mercasid, S.A. and of the Consejo Nacional de la Empresa Privada. Recipient of several awards as a distinguished female leader in Dominican Republic.

2006 Julio Santos Munné – Class of 1984
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Had a major role in the mechanical design of the entire Cobotics product line. Inventor of image guided surgical and interventional systems.

2005 Manuel A. Grullón – Class of 1970
Executive President of Grupo Popular and the Administration Council. President of Banco Popular Dominicano.

2004 Juan F. Batlle Pichardo – Class of 1972
Doctor in Ophthalmology, President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness, Dominican Society of Ophthalmology (1987-1988).

2003 Simon Suárez – Class of 1968
Vice President of Institutional Relations and Projects in Grupo Punta Cana. Formerly Chief Development Representative to Central America and the Caribbean for Hilton Worldwide, Executive Vice President for Coral Hotels & Resorts and President of Occidental Dominicana. Served as Executive Vice President for FINADE (Fideicomiso Nacional para el Desarrollo). Is the first alumnus to become Board President of Carol Morgan School.


● Attended CMS for 5 years or more or graduated from the school.

● Be an individual with demonstrated success in academic and obtained distinction in their field of expertise.

● Active participation in community service.

● Exemplified positive attitudes about life and uphold principles of morality, ethics and other character skills.

● Demonstrated leadership and reliability in their professional endeavors, including community service work. 

● You cannot nominate yourself. You can nominate more than one alumnus or alumna.

● Each candidate can only be nominated once, being nominated by more than one person is not a selection criteria. 


Candidates for this distinction must be nominated by a CMS alumni, and the recipient is chosen by the Selection Committee, according to established criteria. The selection criteria includes, among other conditions, leadership, relationship with CMS and community service.

Click here to nominate a fellow classmate who meets the requirements for this award.

Selection Process

During the selection process, the nominated candidates will be requested to submit their CV’s and any other relevant information.  Submitted materials will be evaluated by the Selection Committee, which is composed of the Executive Alumni Committee as well as former Alumni Chairs.