New Distinguished Alumni honored for their impact, successes
On a night when achievement was recognized and seven alumni were celebrated, Greg Irwin could not attend the gala. Superheroes took priority and Irwin was needed on the set of the new "Joker" movie in New York City. Instead he sent his thank yous and best regards via video, apropos for a lifetime Hollywood camera operator.
Irwin ’83 is a member of the newest Distinguished Alumni class, honored April 13 in a well-attended event at the Anna W. Ngai Alumni Center. He joined Kathleen Hansen ’82, Jill Baker ’99, Hing Hung ’85, Karen King ’01, Mario Cordero ’74 and Fred Lauzier ’71 on the list of those who have been awarded the highest honor an alumnus can receive.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to seven alumni, each representing their academic college, who have an exemplary record of distinction and success in their chosen fields, demonstrated leadership and service to their communities as well as pride for The Beach.
The 2023 Distinguished Alumni are:
College of the Arts – Greg Irwin, cameraman, head of camera department, freelance
College of Business – Kathleen Hansen, president, Financial Planning Dept. Inc.
College of Education – Jill Baker ‘99, superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
College of Engineering – Hing Hung ’85, co-founder, Mercury Security Corporation (retired)
College of Health & Human Services – Karen King ’01, case manager, Molina Healthcare (retired)
College of Liberal Arts – Mario Cordero ’74, executive director, Port of Long Beach
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics – Fred Lauzier ’71, director of pathology, USC Keck School of Medicine (retired)