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Awards and Recognition: Distinguished Alumni Award 2010

Paul J. Caine, BA'86, Telecommunications

Paul J. CainePaul Caine joined Time Inc. as a junior sales representative for PEOPLE magazine in 1989, three years after graduating from IU. Twenty years later — in an age when so many climbing the corporate ladder hop from one opportunity to the next — he’s still with the company.  He’s now in charge not only of PEOPLE, but also five other leading magazines and their websites, including Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and Essence. The group ranks first among U.S. magazines in consumer revenue, and its publications have received some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, including PEOPLE’s accolade as Advertising Age’s “Magazine of the Year.” Caine, too, has been honored with many professional awards, including Crain’s New York’s “40 Under 40,” the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement and the Time Inc. President’s Award. Earlier in 2010, he was inducted into the MIN Sales Executive Hall of Fame.

Yet these achievements are not the only reason Caine has been chosen for the honor of distinguished alumnus. Despite a hectic schedule, he has made a point of keeping in touch with IU and with students in his former department, telecommunications, even meeting with them in his New York City office. Three years ago, Caine signed up to teach an intensive one-credit weekend class on “The Business of Magazines.” In nominating him for this award, telecommunications chair Walter Gantz and alumni affairs director Legene White said, “You know that an instructor has been effective when students report, ‘I’ve never worked so hard …, but it was so worth it.’”

Although he works in a world of celebrities, Caine remains very much down to earth. His integrity and work ethic are an example to the students who hope one day to achieve his level of success.