Lerner alumni represent generations of talented, engaged graduates from across the globe.

Some facts about our graduates:

  • Currently there are over 34,400 active Lerner alumni.
  • Lerner alumni can be found in 73 different countries.
  • Financial services is the most popular career area for Lerner alumni.
  • Other popular fields of work include education, information services, insurance, government, health services, human resources, hotel/restaurant services, law, manufacturing. real estate and sales.
  • 81% of Lerner alumni hold an undergraduate degree, while 16% hold a graduate degree. 3% hold both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

How to Get Involved

Through networking and volunteer opportunities, mentorships and employment, Lerner alumni share a lifelong commitment to the present and future of the University. Here are some of the ways you can stay connected to your alma mater:

Alumni Awards

One of the many ways Lerner College fosters alumni engagement is by recognizing excellence. The prestigious Alumni Award of Excellence is presented each year to a select few alumni who have exhibited exceptional accomplishments. Nominations are solicited from alumni and the University community, and selection is based on professional accomplishments, contribution to the community and commitment to excellence.

Congratulations to our 2018 recipients:

  • Jeffrey L. Herbert, Esq., ’01, B.S., Business Administration
  • Michael J. McCaffrey, ’11, M.A., Economics and Entrepreneurship Education
  • Matthew C. Cohen, ’89, B.S., Accounting
  • Dennis J. Purcell, ’77, B.S., Accounting
  • Cameron E. Rice, ’96, B.S. Business Administration

Lerner’s newest alumni accolade, the Rising Star Alumni Award, recognizes recent alumni who exemplify the qualities and spirit of our Alumni Awards of Excellence.  The first Rising Star Award was presented to Esther Sportello, ‘12.


  • Blue Hens of a Feather: A Double Del B&B in NZ - Double Dels Jinya (Catherine) Ren and Haowei (Andy) Xu met during their first UD MBA class. Today they run a top-ranked bed-and-breakfast in New Zealand.
  • A Catalyst for Women’s Leadership - UD graduate and retired senior vice president of sales and marketing with Verizon Communications Mary Ellen Payne has been awarded the inaugural Women’s Leadership Initiative Catalyst Award.
  • Lerner Alumni Excellence - Lerner alumni were honored at the 28th Annual Alumni Awards of Excellence during the 2019 UD Alumni Weekend.


For more information on Lerner alumni relations, email rcoffin@udel.edu.