For more than 35 years, the University of Michigan-Dearborn has honored outstanding alumni for their contributions to the University and community.

These men and women are "Difference Makers" who have continued the University's legacy of leadership in their lives and careers. All of the past award winners can be found here.

College of Business Alumnus of the Year

This award honors a graduate of the College of Business who has shown outstanding professional accomplishments in his or her field, has demonstrated public service and leadership, and is engaged in the advancement of the College of Business and its alumni.

Theodore Plafchan ('66 B.B.A.), founder of Eastern Oil Company, is a business leader in the automotive and production distribution industry. From automotive and manufacturing to construction and aviation services, Eastern Oil Company is a key distributor for Shell. During his 35 years of leadership, Plafchan’s dedication led to the company’s growth from three to 50 employees and multi-million dollar ventures. His business success helped foster a stronger economy of sustained and innovative growth. Plafchan values giving back to his alma mater and has helped establish the Richard E. Czarnekci Endowed Scholarship and supported the College of Business annual fund for several years. In addition to financial support, he provides guidance and mentorship to UM-Dearborn students on entrepreneurship.

Theodore Plafchan, Alumnus of the Year
Ted believes education is vital to a successful career both personally and professionally.
Mike Skuratovich, Ted's friend & colleague

Jeanette Schumacher Alumni Service Award

This award honors a graduate who provides important leadership and service to the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Award winners have distinguished themselves by the energy, effort and creativity they demonstrate in addressing a challenge.

Doug Krizanic
Doug Krizanic

Doug Krizanic (’81 BBA), Senior Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP and Member, College of Business Board of Advisors, has been honored with the University of Michigan-Dearborn's 2015 Jeanette Schumacher Alumni Service Award.