BY: ED COLE
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall is a proud alum of Arizona State University. Hall’s done so much for the school and the entire state of Arizona, and on Thursday night, he was recognized for it all by receiving the first-ever Pitchfork Legacy Award at a ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre.
The Pitchfork Awards, which began five years ago, are voted on by the students, and recognize distinguished Sun Devils, and congratulates individual Sun Devils and organizations for their efforts and successes.
Hall – who received a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State – was named “Man of the Year” in 1991. Earlier this year, Hall received ASU’s prestigious Founder’s Day Alumni Achievement Award, becoming the first student in school history to receive both that honor and the ASU Young Alumni Achievement Award, which he got in 2003. Hall was inducted in the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002. He was the keynote speaker for ASU’s Cronkite school convocation in December 2008, becoming the first Cronkite alum to deliver a commencement speech at the school’s graduation. Hall also spoke at the W.P. Carey School of Business convocation in 2012.
Earlier this year, the Arizona Republic named Hall one of 16 “Arizonans to Watch” in 2016, citing his “positive influence (that) grows larger by the year” and as someone who “works effortlessly to promote Metro Phoenix and the state.” Hall was also named by Rise Global to its list of 100 Most Influential CEO’s. The group includes such names as Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Tim Cook, Biz Stone, Marissa Mayer and Larry Ellison.