Awards

Each year, Western Michigan University's Zhang Career Center honors the premier partner, employer and faculty member of the year for contributions to career engagement for our students. 

Past awards

2019-2020

  • Premier Partner of the Year: Eaton Corporation
  • Employer of the Year: IDEX Corporation
  • Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Zac Williams, director of the Center for Integrated Supply Management and associate professor of marketing 

2017-18

  • Premier Partner of the Year: Enterprise Holdings
  • Employer of the Year: KSS Enterprises
  • Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Cari Burke, assistant professor of accountancy

2016-17

  • Premier Partner of the Year: Stryker
  • Employer of the Year: Northwestern Mutual
  • Faculty Member of the Year: Phil Strainero, executive-in-residence, food and consumer package goods marketing program
  • Honored alumni: Rick Ricca, B.B.A.'69

2015-16

  • Premier Partner of the Year: CH Robinson
  • Employer of the Year: E&J Gallo
  • Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Jim Eckert, associate professor of marketing

2014-15

  • Premier Partner of the Year: Kellogg
  • Employer of the Year: Consumers Credit Union