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Each Homecoming, the BYU Alumni Association honors individuals or couples who have given outstanding service through a variety of ways.

Each Homecoming, the BYU Alumni Association honors individuals or couples who have given outstanding service in a variety of ways. See Past Honorees

Nominations for 2019 are due by November 30, 2018. Nominate Honorees 

The Honorable Thomas B. Griffith

Alumni Distinguished Service Award

BYU left an indelible mark on the Honorable Thomas B. (Tom) Griffith, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit:  At BYU, he learned that reason and revelation work in tandem, that one without the other is incomplete. Griffith’s engagement with the world of law and politics is eclipsed only by his and his wife Susan’s commitment to the Restored Gospel and their family. A child of Washington, D.C., the city’s tumult of ideas and argument never left Griffith—and, except for a time as BYU’s general counsel—Griffith never really left the city. After earning a law degree at the University of Virginia, he was a partner in a D.C. law firm, became the Senate’s chief legal officer, worked on rule of law initiatives in former communist countries, and, soon after returning to BYU to work in its administration, was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush. In addition to his Church service, he sits on the advisory board of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU.​


Sheri L. Dew

Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Sheri Dew, a native of Ulysses, Kansas, is a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry. Since March 2002 she has been the CEO of Deseret Book Company and serves concurrently as the executive vice president and chief content officer of Deseret Management Corporation. Dew served as second counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society from 1997 to 2002 and has written fifteen books, including biographies of LDS Church presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. She is a member of BYU-Hawaii’s Genuine Gold Society and the Marriott School National Advisory Board, is a recipient of a medal of honor from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, and has spoken at international conclaves such as the World Congress of Families. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Dew likes to relax with family and friends when she can, and take her nieces and nephews on trips to New York City.


Melissa Dalton-Bradford

Service to Family Award

For Melissa Dalton-Bradford and her family, “abroad” has become home. After she and her husband Randall completed undergraduate and graduate degrees together at BYU, the pair went forth to serve in the world. Over the last 28 years, the two have raised their four children in eight different countries including Singapore, Norway, Switzerland and France. Because of this, Dalton-Bradford is fluent in four languages, and is currently learning two more. These experiences have fueled Dalton-Bradford’s artistic ventures; she’s published a number of books, articles and poetry, performed as a vocalist in multiple countries, and presented at events worldwide. Dalton-Bradford works hard to serve her community on an international level. She has brought her writing and language skills to the table as a founding member of two global organizations, one of which is Their Story is Our Story, (or TSOS), a fast-growing humanitarian community devoted to documenting and sharing firsthand stories of refugees worldwide. In her spare time, Dalton-Bradford enjoys hiking with her dog in the German woods outside her home in Frankfurt..


David Bradford

Emeriti Distinguished Service Award

In many circles, David Bradford is known as the “Human Internet,” an apt description for someone with such broad accomplishments. Bradford has been involved in the technology industry for the last 35 years, doing everything from launching, a company to connect entrepreneurs with investors, serving as a Senior Vice President of Novell Inc., and acting as CEO of several companies, including Fusion-io and HireVue. Now, he and his wife, Dr. Linda Bradford, have harnessed video game technology to teach new languages through their new company, FluentWorlds. Bradford is also an expert at networking and he wrote the book Up Your Game – 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top. Bradford credits his time at BYU as an important step in his career, and even more importantly, the place he met his wife, to whom he’s been married for 45 years. Together, they have 4 children and 17 grandchildren. In his spare time, Bradford enjoys golfing, fishing, and travel.


Hayley Smith

Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award

How Hayley Smith came to found Lifting Hands International (LHI)—a stateside and international program mobilizing thousands of volunteers to meet the wide-ranging needs of refugees—is as inspiring as her achievements. As a BYU student struggling with an eating disorder, Smith coped by focusing on Arabic, a language she fell in love with after pulling a book of the shelf of the Provo Library. To develop her passion and augment her BA in English, Smith studied in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, did an MA in Middle Eastern Studies in London, and taught high school Arabic for Boston Public Schools. Tragedies she witnessed among refugees in Greece inspired her to action. Today Smith works tirelessly with LHI to undertake tasks as diverse as filling shipping containers with clothes, running a refugee center in Greece, providing solar lights in Iraq, and furnishing homes for new arrivals in Arizona. She credits BYU, a study abroad, and caring, mentoring professors for igniting her interest in the world, and the Lord for guiding her onto her present path..


Ronald E. Malouf

Honorary Alumni Award

Ronald E. Malouf learned business from his father, who started the Malouf Company in 1941 on principles of quality, value, service, innovation and trust. After taking a degree in Accounting from the University of Texas in 1961, Malouf succeeded his father as company president and CEO for many years. He has also served as General Partner of 944 South Lamar Associates and Malouf Ranch & Livestock Company, real estate management companies. His wife, Jody, attended BYU, and Malouf has volunteered at Brigham Young University in various capacities for more than forty-two years, where he loves working with the group he calls “the best students and faculty in the world.” He has been on the Romney Institute Advisory Board and is a former chair of the National Advisory Council in the Marriott School of Business. Malouf is currently a member of the executive committee of the National Advisory Council, and he and Jody currently serve as members of the Wheatley Ethics Advisory Council. The Maloufs have thirteen children and twenty-seven grandchildren.​