D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) will receive the first-ever Pitchfork Legacy Award from his alma mater, Arizona State University at a ceremony this evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre. The Pitchfork Awards, which are voted upon by the students, strive to recognize distinguished Devils and congratulate individual Sun Devils and organizations on their efforts and successes.
Hall received a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, where he was named "Man of the Year" in 1991. Earlier this year, he 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 received in 2003. Hall was inducted into 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 and also spoke at the W.P. Carey School of Business convocation in 2012.
The Pitchfork Awards, which began five years ago, grew out of the desire to recognize the wide variety of outstanding work done throughout the year. The Pitchfork Legacy Award serves as a great opportunity to align the successes of ASU's current students with those of the distinguished recipient.
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" as someone who "works effortlessly to promote Metro Phoenix and the state." He was also named by Rise Global to its list of 100 Most Influential CEOs, a group that includes names such as Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Tim Cook, Biz Stone, Marissa Mayer and Larry Ellison.