Alumni Awards

The College of Education and Health Professions presents three awards to outstanding alumni each year. The awards honor alumni of the college for exceptional professional and personal achievements and extraordinary distinction in their fields.

Nominations for the 2023 awards will be accepted by midnight Central Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.

Outstanding Alumni Award in Education

Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of the College of Education and Health Professions who has demonstrated exceptional professional and personal achievement, community service, and achieved extraordinary distinction in the field of education

Outstanding Alumni Award in Health and Human Services

Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of the College of Education and Health Professions who has demonstrated exceptional professional and personal achievement, community service, and achieved extraordinary distinction in the field of health and human services

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Awarded to an alumnus or alumna of the College of Education and Health Professions  who has graduated in the past 10 years and has already demonstrated exceptional professional and personal achievement, community service and extraordinary distinction in either the fields of education or health and human services


Award selection is made by the Alumni Awards Committee and the dean. Nominations are kept in a pool for two years. Award recipients will be recognized at the College of Education and Health Professions Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Read about the Recipients

  • 2022 winners — Angela Chang Chiu, Sara Hensley and Lynn Meade
  • 2021 — No awards presented
  • 2020 winners — Erica Boughfman, Jim Rollins and Andrew Young
  • 2019 winners — G. David Gearhart, Mark O'Neal and Meredith Brunen
  • 2018 winners — Gi-Yong (Win) Koo, Patti Freemyer Martin and Martha Sandven
  • 2017 winners — Robin Bowen, Anna Egalite and Yvonne Johnson
  • 2016 winners — Emily Bertrand, Warren Rosenaur and Donald Simpson
  • 2015 winners — Marsha Jones, Charolette Tidwell and Jenna White
  • 2014 winners — Karen Jennings Crawford, Anna Reed and Jerry Robbins
  • 2013 winners — Gretchen Oliver, Jessica Sliger and Betty Winfield
  • 2012 winners — Kieran Fogarty, Marjorie Marugg-Wolfe and Joshua Barnett
  • 2011 winners — Leslie Carnine and Phillip Rumrill