Worth the wait: Daoud Abboud receives Alumni Award

Daoud Abboud receives 2011 Distinguished Alumni AwardIt took a while, but 2011 UW-Green Bay Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Daoud Abboud finally has his award in hand.

The 1987 graduate wasn’t able to travel to Green Bay for the annual awards dinner in April. Instead, on a separate trip to Jordan, UW-Green Bay’s international project coordinator, Jay Harris, surprised Abboud with the etched glass award at a multi-club Rotary meeting in Amman before an international audience that included visiting Rotarians from the nation of Denmark, among others.

Harris says Abboud was touched by the gesture: “My remarks reflected Daoud’s contributions to UWGB’s activities in Jordan and how, as a result, he has contributed to greater understanding across borders and cultures.”

Abboud, a Computing and Information Sciences graduate, is the founder and CEO of United Technology Solutions-UTS Group in Jordan. Abboud established UTS Group, serving clients’ technology and business needs, with more than 100 employees and branches in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He is chairman of Gift of Life Amman, a nonprofit charitable organization treating children with congenital heart disease.

Since 2006 his high-level connections have helped facilitate the Journey to Jordan program (funded by the U.S. State Department), which takes American high school students to Jordan for summer programs in Arabic language and culture. Each summer Abboud hosts a lavish, traditional Jordanian dinner for the entire delegation.

Read more about Abboud — how he ended up at UW-Green Bay and his passion for international education.

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