Dr. Cliff Harkins (1932) Distinguished Citizen of the Year award
Dr. Cliff Harkins graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1933 and was president of the NAU Alumni
Association in 1938. He was State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Arizona, as well as the
Superintendent of the Madison District in Phoenix during his 50-year career in education. He pioneered
education advancement in Arizona and received the Distinguished Citizen award himself in 1974. The award
was subsequently named in his honor. Cliff died in 1992.
The Dr. Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year award is presented annually to recognize
distinguished service to non-profit organizations; governmental assignments at the municipal, county,
state, or federal level; or other outstanding citizen service. Preference is given to those who have
earned a degree from NAU.
To submit a nomination for next year’s Homecoming, e-mail a completed Nomination Form
to Erin Bertelsen
by May 31, 2017 or mail to NAU Alumni Engagement, PO Box 6034,
Flagstaff, AZ 86011.
Current award winner
Steve Peru, '79 BS Applied Sociology, '90 MPA, is the 2016 Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year.