2015 Inductees

The Alumni Hall of Fame celebrates and honors the accomplishments of our most distinguished graduates. These are individuals who exemplify the spirit of GCU and have made significant contributions to the university and as humanitarians to our society. Feel their inspiration as you take the next steps in your lives after GCU. 

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Calvin BakerCalvin Baker
College of Education, Class of 1973

Calvin Baker has come a long way during his 42-year career in education. He has been superintendent for one of Arizona’s top three school districts, Vail School District, located in Vail, AZ, for over 26 years. His leadership roles include president of both the statewide superintendents group and the Arizona School Administrators Association. Baker has been recognized as Arizona Superintendent of the Year and Mentor of the Year by the Arizona Daily Star. Baker has also been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pima County Metropolitan Education Commission.

Dr. Steven HallDr. Stephen Hall
College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Class of 1990

Dr. Stephen Hall has extensive experience in molecular medicine and biomedical engineering and has founded several life science companies. He invented a vaccine technology that resulted in novel vaccines for several diseases. In addition, he developed a class of biomaterials that are being used to treat a number of diseases, including cancer and hereditary muscle diseases. Dr. Hall has held faculty positions where he taught, served as a thesis advisor and mentored graduate students. He holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Purdue University and has completed post-doctoral training in molecular and structural                                 biology at The Scripps Research Institute.

Michael KaryMichael Kary
College of Fine Arts and Production, Class of 1998

Michael Kary is a professor for the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University. For the last 17 years, Kary has worked as a professional actor and writer in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix. Kary has performed in and around New York City, most notably as an original cast member for the musical, “Fame on 42nd Street.” Kary is also co-founder of Nobody in Particular, an award-winning production company with whom he has written and produced three television pilots, “Deal With It,” “Little League” and “Surviving Out of Doors with Louis.”

Mitchell Laird  Mitchell Laird
Colangelo College of Business, Class of 1972

Mitchell Laird is the owner and president of the law firm, Laird & Associates, P.C. He is also the owner and CEO of MCL Enterprises, Inc., the largest Burger King franchise in Arizona. He serves as the CEO of Canyon Institute, a non-profit organization that awards grants and gifts to Christian non-profit organizations. Laird is a member of the Arizona Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association and the Christian Legal Society, and serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, he was appointed as one of five commissioners to the Arizona Clean Elections Commission.

Horacio LlamasHoracio Llamas Grey
Basketball Student-Athlete, 1994-96

Horacio Llamas Grey is an assistant coach with the Pioneros de Quintana Roo, a professional basketball team based in Cancun, Mexico. As a student-athlete at Grand Canyon University, he was named NCAA Division II Player of the Year. Llamas also earned First Team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) honors, when he helped GCU win the CCAA Postseason Championship Tournament and a spot in the NCAA Division II Regionals. Llamas played basketball professionally for 17 years, including two seasons in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns. He made NBA history, being the first Mexican-born player to                               appear in a regular season game.

Dr. Timothy SiegesDr. Timothy Sieges
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Class of 1975

Dr. Timothy Sieges is the clinical director of counseling ministries for Wycliffe Bible Translators, an international mission organization that translates and delivers Scripture to people around the world. Since 1987, Dr. Sieges’ work at Wycliffe has included counseling, consulting, leading workshops and seminars, conducting post-trauma debriefings and supporting the work of missionaries around the globe. Dr. Sieges traces his passion for God’s Word, world missions and service to the Body of Christ to his undergraduate experience at Grand Canyon University.

Maggie KigenMaggie Kigen
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, Class of 2010 and 2014

Maggie Kigen is a registered nurse at Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix and also owns Eldama Ravine Children’s Home, an orphanage in her home country of Kenya. Kigen felt God’s call on her heart to start an orphanage, which now has about 30 children. She also takes frequent mission trips. On her next trip she will be traveling to Kenya to help educate nurses in the area as well as visit her orphanage. In addition to volunteering to help those who are less fortunate, Kigen is very active in her local community and church.

James WhiteDr. James White
College of Theology, Class of 1985

James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix. White is also an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church and a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology and various topics in the field of apologetics. White has also authored and contributed to more than 24 books and is an accomplished debater. He has engaged in more than 140 moderated public debates around the world in locations such as Sydney, Australia, as well as mosques in Toronto, London and South Africa.

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