The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding achievement and/or leadership demonstrated by the recipients in their chosen fields of interest, or to the University of South Alabama, over an extended period of time. These achievements may include personal or professional recognition and/or accomplishments. Recognition not determined by service rendered to the University of South Alabama or to the National Alumni Association, but these may be included in consideration.
Distinguished Service Award
Category 1 recognizes exceptional or continuing service to the University of South Alabama or the National Alumni Association. This award publicly acknowledges those who have volunteered or contributed significant amounts of time, talents, and resources to the University of National Alumni Association over an extended period of time. Nominees do not have to be University of South Alabama alumni.
Category 2 recognizes alumni for exceptional or continuing service to the University, community, state, nation or an international country. This award is designed to acknowledge those alumni who have made exemplary contributions including public service, philanthropy, volunteerism, time or talents benefiting the University, community, state, nation and/or an international country. Nominees must be University of South Alabama alumni.
Next year's Distinguished Alumni and Service Award gala will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, 6:00p.m. at the Mitchell Center, on USA's campus.
2013 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
Dr. David Stearns, Larry Lilley, Jr. '92, Holle Briskman '69, Robbie McGhee '93, Tommy Zoghby '76, MBA '89
2012 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
David Whiddon `69, Terrence Tumpey, Ph.D. `97, The Honorable Victor Gaston MA `70,
Glenn Sebastian Ph.D., and The Honorable Don Davis `78.
2011 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
Christie Miree `93; Michael Thompson `72; Herbert and Fanny Meisler; Dr. Damon Andrew `98, M.S. `99; Sydney Raine; and Carol Kittrell `83.
2010 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
Dr. Frank V. Degruy III, M.D. 1977; Geri S. Moulton; JoAnn S. Broadus, post-master’s certificate 1996; Michael Saxon, Mobile Division Vice President of Alabama Power Foundation; and Dr. Pamela T. Henson, B.S. 1984. Standing, from left, are U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brian G. Casleton, B.S. 1987; Barbara S. Malkove, B,S, 1969 and John W. Mincy, B.S. 1970.
2009 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
Gigi Armbrecht ’75, MBA ’88; (back row) Roger Cole representing the Crampton Trust; Don McCrory ’70; Dr. Johnson Haynes, Jr., COM ’80; Goldie Ungar; (back) Major General Michael Sumrall ’70; Marlon Anderson, a major league (NY Mets) baseball player; and Jim Yance ’70.
Lead sponsors for the event were AT&T and the Press Register.
2008 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
E. Thomas Corcoran ’70, Dr. James L. Harris ’79, Celia Mann Baehr M.B.A. ’82, Dr. Steven H. Stokes, M.D., ’80, The Honorable Bob Riley, Robin A. Hurst ’68, The Honorable Samuel L. Jones, R. Bruce McCrory ’72.
2007 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
The Honorable Kenneth Simon, B.A. ’76, a partner with Christian & Small, LLP of Birmingham; Capt. Robert “Ron” Jenkins III, B.S. ’73, director of Naval Weapons Systems Business Development for Raytheon Missile Systems; Steve Kittrell, B.S. ’71. M.A. ’73, head baseball coach for USA; U. S. Sen. Richard Shelby, service award winner; Larry Wooley, advertising director of the Press-Register, accepting the service award for the newspaper; Judy Culbreth, B.A. ’72, editor-in-chief of Mobile Bay Monthly; and Neil Henderson, M.S. ’90, co-founder and general manager of the embedded systems division of Mentor Graphics (previously known as Accelerated Technology).
2006 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
The Honorable Herman Y. Thomas, Class of '83, Circuit Court Judge; John "Jack" Donovan, Jr., '85, Senior Vice President ARAMARK Corp.; Win Hallett, President, accepting for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Eugene de Juan, Jr., '79, Ophthalmologist, Inventor and Scholar; Dr. Joseph Benoit, Jr., '82, '86, Physiologist and academic leader; Luis Gonzalez, attended '85-'89, Major League Baseball player; and The Honorable Herbert L. "Sonny" Callahan, Retired U.S. Congressman.
2005 Distinguished Alumni and Service Award Winners are (from left to right):
Sculptor, Tina Allen, '78; USA Trustee James Nix, service award; philanthropist Abraham Mitchell, service award; scientist Dr. Laurie Beth Owen, '80; Major League Baseball pitcher Jon Lieber, attended 1990-92; corporate executive Mark Hoffman, '74; civic leader Anne Nix, service award; and Mayor Mike Dow, '71, MBA '77. Not Pictured: USA Trustee and philanthropist Mayer Mitchell and philanthropist Arlene Mitchell, service awards.