Two to Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two alumni during the annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 29.

The association will present Distinguished Alumni Awards to Michael Magan ’88 who resides in London, United Kingdom, and is currently the chief operating officer of Momo Group, a global mobile banking and payments startup headquartered in London; and Dr. Wendell Wierenga ’70 of Rancho Santa Fe, California, whose career has been in research, particularly in experimental chemistry research, cancer research and drug development.

Michael Magan ’88
Dr. Wendell Wierenga ’70

The awards recognize the recipients’ contributions across decades to society and service to Hope.

Magan has specialized in corporate and inter-governmental relations and has extensive private-sector and senior government experience. In addition to his current role at Momo Group, he has partnered with his wife, Dawn, at Magan Dahlgren Limited, which specializes in corporate affairs, inter-governmental relations, strategic communications and working with various charities focused on ending the plight of human trafficking. His professional involvement also includes serving as a policy-fellow with the ACU Foundation.

Wierenga retired in 2014 as executive vice president, research and development at Santarus after 40 years with small, medium and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He led or participated in the research and development of more than 16 new drug applications and 16 marketed products. He has authored more than 60 scientific articles and is a primary inventor on 30 patents, and has made numerous presentations regarding his work.

The banquet is scheduled in conjunction with Alumni Weekend (April 28-29). Additional information about the weekend and biographical sketches of both alumni are featured online.