2022 Jefferson Club Golden Quill Alumni Excellence Award recipients honored

Honorees demonstrate outstanding achievement in their chosen field and reflect the university’s core values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

2022 Golden Quill award recipients pose for a photo with University of Missouri President Mun Choi in Jesse Hall.

May 4, 2022

The Jesse Hall Notable Alumni Wall was dedicated in May 2006. In 2017, the Jefferson Club Board of Trustees refreshed the criteria for consideration and gave the recognition a new name — the Jefferson Club Golden Quill Alumni Excellence Award. The board recognizes outstanding alumni with this distinction each year based on nominations from the Mizzou family.

Meet this year’s honorees:

  • Peggy and Andrew Cherng are the founders of Panda Restaurant Group, which operates the Panda Express chain of more than 1,900 restaurants and employs over 40,000 people. Their philanthropic outreach program, the Panda Cares Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to nonprofits, schools and children’s hospitals since its founding in 1999.
  • Major Garrett is CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and hosts “The Takeout,” a weekly multiplatform interview show on CBSN and top radio stations across the country. He has previously served as the network's chief White House correspondent, and he has authored four books.
  • Robin Ransom is a judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri. Appointed by Governor Mike Parson in 2021, she is the first Black woman to serve in this position, and the fifth woman to ever serve on the state Supreme Court. She has previously served on the Eastern District Court of Appeals, in addition to serving as a Circuit Judge for the City of St. Louis.
  • Lynne Wedge-Greene is the former Group President of the Estée Lauder Companies. During her 35-year career in fashion and beauty, she was associated with some of the most iconic and dynamic brands in the world, including Chanel, Lancôme and La Mer, in addition to overseeing the global businesses of Aveda, Origins, Darphin, Lab Series and Clinique.

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