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Award and Medallion presented to Thomas M. Siebel
director of public relations, College of Engineering
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Thomas
M. Siebel, founder, chairman and CEO of Siebel Systems Inc., was presented
with the University of Illinois Presidential Award and Medallion on
Oct. 30 by UI President James J. Stukel.
Siebel, who founded the $2 billion software giant in 1993, earned three
degrees from the Urbana campus: a bachelors in history (1975),
a masters in business administration (1983) and a masters
in computer science (1985). He was recognized by BusinessWeek in January
2001 as one of the top 25 managers in the world.
Stukel made the award in recognition of Siebels "commitment
to excellence in software engineering, computer science research, and
graduate education, and to his continuing commitment and generosity
to his alma mater."
In 1999, Siebel donated $32 million to the Urbana campus to help construct
the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, scheduled for completion
in 2003. A corporate gift from Siebel Systems in 2000 established the
Siebel Scholars Fellowship Program at the nations top 11 computer
science and business colleges, including the computer science department
at the Urbana campus.
"The University of Illinois is recognized as a global leader in
information technology," Siebel said. "I am honored to receive
this recognition. As someone who has benefited greatly from the leadership
of the university, it is my pleasure to play a continued role in the
success of this institution."
The Presidential Award and Medallion were established in 1984 by Stanley
Ikenberry, who then was UI president, to recognize alumni and friends
of the university whose professional and humanitarian contributions
have been especially noteworthy. Ten people have received the honor.
Previous recipients of the award and medallion include Masaru Ibuka,
founder of Sony Corp. (1991); James Reston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
columnist (1992); and Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the author of "2001:
A Space Odyssey" (1998).
Siebel received the award at the fall 2001 meeting of the Silicon Valley
Roundtable, held at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. Established
in 1997, the group is composed of a board of business leaders who are
UI alumni working on the West Coast. They advise Stukel and the UI Foundation
on technology, business and alumni issues.