Distinguished Alumni Award

Do you know of a Gardner-Webb Alum who lives, works, and serves in such a way that sets him or her apart from the crowd? If so, we would like to know. We recommend that you nominate this person for recognition in the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni.

Each year, leading up to Homecoming, we accept and review nominations for the Gallery. Inductees are selected based on their accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: Career Distinction, Service to Society, Involvement and Support for Gardner-Webb’s advancement, and Integrity and Character. The selection committee, made up of staff and members of the Alumni Advisory board, will award induction to six alumni. One of those inductees will receive the additional honor of being selected as Alumnus/a of the Year.

Official recognition of our inductees takes place on Homecoming Day. Alumni Relations hosts a Gallery of Distinguished Alumni Brunch Reception that day and then recognizes the inductees during halftime at the Homecoming Football game. Inductees are notified well in advance so that travel arrangements may be made.

Eligibility and Selection

Any alumnus/alumna of Gardner-Webb University that has attended at least one semester, including staff and faculty, is eligible for nomination and induction into the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni. To be eligible for induction, recipients must agree to be present at the Recognitions and Awards Banquet.

Any alumnus/alumna, staff, faculty, student, or community citizen can make a nomination. Nominations are submitted to the Office of Alumni Affairs at anytime throughout the year. To be eligible for the forthcoming academic year, nominations must be submitted by July 1. Nominations are made by completing an Award Nomination Form or by calling the Office of Alumni Affairs at (704) 406-ALUM (2587).

Inductees are selected by a committee of Gardner-Webb alumni staff and Alumni Association Board of Directors. Nominations and applications received by July 1 are reviewed by the selection committee and chosen by August 1. Potential recipients are contacted upon selection to accept the award, and provided all event and award information prior to the Banquet in October.

Selections are based on the nomination form and application of the nominee.

Criteria for Selection

The nominee is accomplished in one or more of the following areas:

Career Distinction

Recognized as outstanding or exceptional within his or her professional career, field, or industry. This distinction is reflective of Gardner-Webb University’s core values of Faith, Service, and Leadership.

Service to Society

Exhibits integrity and demonstrates commitment of service to others through professional and volunteer efforts.

Involvement and Support

Deeds and actions reflect the importance of his or her educational training, pride in his or her alma mater, and loyalty to Gardner-Webb as demonstrated through his or her interest, support, and involvement in the advancement of the University.

Integrity and Character

Nominee has the highest standard of personal integrity and character.

Distinguished Alumni Inductees

NameAwardYear Inducted
Susan Bolt BriggsAlumna of the Year2019
Porsha RussellDistinguished Alumna2019
Dr. Michelle SkipperDistinguished Alumna2019
Mark SmithDistinguished Alumnus2019
Dr. Manny TrujilloDistinguished Alumnus2019
Keon Williams, Jr.Distinguished Alumnus2019
Archie WoodDistinguished Alumnus2019
David KeimAlumnus of the Year2018
Joe HoughDistinguished Alumnus2018
Jamall KinardDistinguished Alumnus2018
Dr. Ashley LoweryDistinguished Alumna2018
Deborah PresnellDistinguished Alumna2018
Dr. Tamrah WatsonDistinguished Alumna2018

 Click here, for a full list of inductees dating back to 1957.