2009 Distinguished Alumni Recipients
John Bargh received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 1977, and completed his PHD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1981, under the supervision of Robert B. Zajonc. That same fall Bargh moved to an assistant professorship in Psychology at New York University, where he was promoted to full professor in 1990 at the age of 35. After 23 years at NYU, Bargh moved to Yale University in 2003. Bargh's research has long focused on automatic or unconscious influences on higher mental processes, including social judgment, social behavior, and goal pursuits. For this research, Bargh received an honorary doctorate from the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands), a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Early Career Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association (1989), and the Donald Campbell Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2006), among others.
William Lenz received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1973 and obtained a Certified Investment Analyst designation from the Wharton School of Business in 1997. For the last 31 years William J. Lenz has worked at Smith Barney where he and his business partner have assembled a team that specializes in wealth management, legacy planning, credit, and liability management. They currently advise high net worth clients with assets approaching $ 1 billion. Their Wealth Management Division eventually merged with Citigroup Global Markets. Lenz’s titles include Director of Wealth Management, Citigroup Global Markets, 2008-present; Senior Advisor, Citi Family Office, 2000-present; Senior Institutional Consultant, Citigroup Global Markets, 1995-present; Partner, Chicago Group at Smith Barney, 1995-present, and Advisor, Smith Barney/Citigroup Global Markets, 1977-present. Lenz was also President of Ambitious Productions Inc., 1999-2006. Lenz serves as Finance Chairman for Provena Mercy Medical Center, 2008-present; Board Member and Secretary for Provena Mercy Medical Center, 2005-present; LAS Alumni Relations Board member, University of Illinois, 2005-present; and as a member of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, 1994-present.
Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth (BS'88) was one of five alumni selected to receive the 2016 LAS Alumni Achievement Award.
The Undergraduate Career Exploration Award was created by the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board. Read about the three recipients in the 2015 Fall issue of Psychology Times: http://www.psychology.illinois.edu/alumni/news/newsletter/