Dyer to receive Vanderbilt School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus AwardMar. 10, 2005, 12:46 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — David F. Dyer, president and chief executive
officer of Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, has been selected to receive the
2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Vanderbilt University School
The presentation will be made Friday, March 11, at the School of
Engineering‘s annual Leadership Dinner at the University Club of
Nashville, 2402 Garland Ave.
An apparel and retailing executive with more than 30 years‘
experience, Dyer has served as president of Lands‘ End, Home Shopping
Network and J. Crew Catalog during his career.
The School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes
distinguished achievement, significant service, excellent character and
a reputation that reflects well on the school. The honoree is chosen by
a committee of representatives from the Engineering Alumni Council and
the faculty of the School of Engineering.
Dyer graduated from the School of Engineering in 1971 with a degree
in engineering science, and he credits his Vanderbilt engineering
education as an important contributor to his professional success. He
began his apparel and retailing career with Burdines, a division of
Federated Department Stores, where he held a variety of posts for 17
years. He later served as president and chief operating officer of Home
Shopping Network and was acting president of J. Crew Catalog as a
consultant for Texas Pacific Group.
As president and chief executive officer of Lands‘ End from 1998
through 2002, he established the company as the largest apparel
Internet business in the United States and oversaw its sale to Sears,
Roebuck & Co. in 2002.
During his tenure as president of Lands‘ End, the company was
recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the best 100 places to
In addition to his business and professional achievements, Dyer has
maintained a close relationship with the School of Engineering. He and
his wife, former Vanderbilt engineering student Harriet Dyer,
contributed to the Featheringill Hall building campaign and established
a scholarship for engineering students. Their son, Will, graduated with
a degree in engineering science last spring.
Vanderbilt University is a private research university of
approximately 6,300 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate and professional
students. Founded in 1873, the university comprises 10 schools, a
public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and the Freedom
Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs
in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development,
engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional
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