NAU Alumni Association Award Recipients

Chris Petroff NORTHERN ARIZONA 2003

2013 Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award

Chris Petroff is the Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.  GPEC is a 25 year old, nationally awarded Economic Development organization that is chartered to attract quality businesses to the Greater Phoenix region from around the world, and to advocate and champion foundational efforts to improve the region’s competiveness.  Prior to his work at GPEC, Petroff was the co-founder of SEED SPOT, an incubator in Phoenix for early stage social entrepreneurs. Since SEED SPOT’s launch in October of 2012, SEED SPOT has played in integral part of Arizona’s entrepreneurial community by supporting nearly 90 startups. Connected in the community, Petroff currently holds board member seats for the Better Business Bureau of Arizona, TiE Global –Arizona, and the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association. He has also served as a board member in the past for the Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Arts Council and the Sigma Chi CHOICES Program. Petroff holds an undergraduate degree in business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from NAU, as well as a graduate level certificate in global management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Petroff was also recognized as a recipient of the “40 under 40” award by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2013 and also received the “Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate” from Northern Arizona University.  Chris resides in Central Phoenix with his wife and college sweetheart Liz Petroff (NAU ’03) and their two children Jack and Lucy.


Zeta Omicron Chapter – Northern Arizona University 19__

1991 NAU Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award

John Campbell, Sigma Chi Omega

NAUAA Dwight Patterson (1934) Alumnus of the Year 2007

1964 BS Physical Education
1969 BS Physical Education

John Campbell's nomination speaks of him as "a pebble in a pond changing the world one ripple at a time." His dynamic influence began with impressive personal and academic achievements at NAU, where he was president of Sigma Chi Omega fraternity, a member of Chain Gang, Homecoming King, and a Gold Axe Award recipient.

In his vocation, during 32 years as a teacher in the Phoenix Union High School District at South Mountain and Alhambra High Schools, John's talent and goodwill permeated the lives of his students, their parents, and his peer educators. He has demonstrated consummate commitment to each of his many roles: as a fair and enthusiastic umpire, coach, Boy Scout scoutmaster; as a skilled and dedicated negotiator and advocate for the Phoenix Union Classroom Teachers' Association; and as president, presenter and champion of senior issues for the Arizona Education Association (AEA)-Retired Association. A lifelong educator, he continues to participate in the Intergenerational Mentoring Program, an AEA-sponsored project. Whether mentoring young teachers or volunteering as a "cuddler" of sick and premature infants at Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital, his compassionate and effective volunteerism has often served as an answered prayer.

John Campbell's contributions to his community, gracing the lives of his fellow citizens across the full spectrum of generations, make him a worthy and extraordinary heir to the legacy of Dwight Patterson, and the NAU Alumni Association is indebted to him for his nonpareil example of genteel, proactive citizenship.


    Christopher J. Bavasi NORTHERN ARIZONA 1969 –

College of Social & Behavioral Science



    Joseph S. Cardone NORTHERN ARIZONA 1968

College of Social & Behavioral Science