UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Lifetime Excellence Award
2017 Recipients

The Lifetime Excellence Awards are presented to alumni who have demonstrated long-time and successful commitment to their careers and communities. These individuals have made a positive and dramatic impact through enthusiastic dedication to service and living their lives as a testimony to UW-Eau Claire's motto, "Excellence." 

Dick and Mary JohnsonRichard Johnson í82, bachelorís degree in accounting, and Mary Johnson í82, bachelorís degree in business education  

After earning his UW-Eau Claire accounting degree, Richard Johnson began working as an auditor and systems developer with several firms before joining Eastbay, which led him to a more-than-20-year career in the sporting goods industry.

Eastbay eventually was acquired by Foot Locker Inc., and today Richard Johnson is chairman, president and CEO of Foot Locker. In late 2016, Footwear News named him the most influential leader in the shoe industry.

Mary Johnson, who also earned a master’s degree from UW-Whitewater, had a 25-year teaching and coaching career in elementary, middle and high schools as well as at technical colleges in Fond du Lac, Janesville and Wausau. As Dick’s career became more demanding, she turned her focus to being CEO of the Johnson household, which included the couple’s two sons. She also has served as a volunteer with a number of community organizations.

The Johnsons, who met as first-year students at UW-Eau Claire, now reside in the New York City area. They have generously supported Blugold athletics over the years through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.


Peter and Randi ScobiePeter Scobie í71, bachelorís degree in business management, and Randi Scobie  

Following his graduation from UW-Eau Claire, Peter Scobie went on to a 48-year career in the family insurance business, R.W. Scobie Inc., including his 35-year term as CEO of six branch offices serving independent agents in 14 states.

Peter Scobie also has dedicated his time to many national and local executive boards and charitable organizations, including the UW-Eau Claire Business Advisory Council, which advises the Dean of the College of Business in preparing Blugolds for success in the global business world.

Randi Scobie, a UW-Stout graduate, combined experience in both graphic design and real estate to help establish the St. Andrews Housing Development and St. Andrews Office Park in Eau Claire. She also has volunteered service to multiple charitable organizations in Eau Claire and the greater Chippewa Valley.

The Scobies also have been longtime supporters through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation of many university programs and initiatives, including the College of Business and the Confluence Arts Center.

View the list of past recipients of this award.