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Alumni Awards

2014 Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Awardees
Brad D. Smith ’91

Brad D. Smith ’91 - Outstanding Alumnus Award
Brad Smith earned his master of management degree from Aquinas College in 1991, after completing a bachelor's degree in business administration at Marshall University in 1986. He served as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP from 1996 - 2003. Smith joined Intuit in 2003 as the vice president and general manager of the Intuit Accountant Central & Developer Network. From 2004 - 2005 he lead the company’s Consumer Tax Group, which produces TurboTax, as senior vice president and general manager. In 2005, Smith became senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Division, which included the portfolio of QuickBooks, Quicken, and payroll products. In January 2008, Smith was named Intuit’s president and chief executive officer. Smith served on the board of directors of Yahoo! Inc. from 2010 until 2013. In June 2013 he was appointed to the board of directors of Nordstrom, Inc. where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Finance Committee.

Jacqueline D. Taylor ’80

Jacqueline D. Taylor ’80, Ph.D. - Outstanding Alumna Award
Dr. Jacqueline D. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College in 1980, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees from Michigan State University.  She has worked in higher education administration for over thirty years, serving as president of Fulton Montgomery Community College in New York, as vice president/executive dean of the multi-campus Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, the first female vice president of Lansing Community College, and as vice president of Davenport University.  She currently serves as a consultant and executive coach for Pondera Advisors, a leadership consulting practice.  Taylor serves on the boards of directors of the Michigan Women’s Foundation and the Michigan Nonprofit Association. As a member of the YMCA Corporate Board in Grand Rapids, she also chairs the Global Excellence Committee. Taylor has received many awards during her distinguished career, including recognition in 2004, 2006 and 2008 as one of the most influential women in West Michigan.  She received the 2002 ATHENA Award from the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, the Whitney Young Award from the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and received the YWCA Community Service Award in 2011.


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