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Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award

Dr. Sherwood Thompson `80 Receives USC Upstate Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award   

The 2012 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Sherwood Thompson `80 at the Convocation honoring December Graduates. Since completing the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at USC Upstate in 1980, Thompson has attained distinction through a lengthy and productive career in education. He earned a Master of Education and Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

In addition to being awarded two faculty fellowships from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he has been a recipient of the following: the Mid-Level Professional Training Certificate from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities Dean’s Leadership Institute Fellow; the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Dean’s Leadership Institute Fellow; the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Advanced Development Institute for Deans Fellow; and he is a UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy Fellow. 

Thompson has served as the Principle Investigator for the Call Me Mister® Program at Eastern Kentucky University, an African American male teacher leadership program and he also serves as Principle Investigator for The Best Should Teach Program, a teaching excellence program for district and University educators.

Thompson is the former Assistant Dean of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University and former Executive Director of the College of Education Model Laboratory School.

The University of South Carolina Upstate Alumni Association is extremely appreciative of all the nominations that were submitted for our Distinguished Alumni Award. To submit a nomination for our 2013 award, please click here.

Past Recipients

Sonya Kay Ehrhardt '08

Lee Ann Johnston '80

Michael E. Meilinger ‘93
Penny D. Meilinger ‘92

C. Dan Adams '83

Milton A. “Chip” Smith, Jr. ‘78
Mary Lou Hodge, RN ‘82

Dolores Anderson ‘81

Stephanie Seay ‘91

Lisa Leary ‘87
Jane Bottsford ‘69

Ainsley M. Williams ‘93
Barney G. Gosnell ‘79

William Robert Cobb ‘74

Priscilla Joyce Lipscomb ‘89
Jonathan Taylor McClure ‘83
LTC (Ret) Barry G. Murray ‘82
Dr. Edward Homan Overstreet ‘91

Debroah Ruth Shehan ‘96
Albert V. Smith ‘77
James Robert Smith ‘72
Mike Wood ‘77

Johnny Mack Brown ‘76

Reverend Robert Lee Brown ‘84
Wilson W. Casey ‘77
Henry Alexander Danis ‘83
Dr. Daniel Livingston Dreisbach ‘81
Rebecca Marion Grant ‘83
Harold Andrew May ‘95
Paul Lee Thomas ‘83
Darrell Edward Whitaker ‘92

Kimberly Jean Ashby ’85 & ‘91
Tonie Gail Edwards ‘89
Toni Lea Nunsz ‘91
Jane V. Turner ‘78

David Alan Bellew ‘80
Rev. Mary Jo Cartledgehayes ‘83
Steve Harvey ‘80
Duveen Karen Woolbright ’80 & ‘88

Robert Meadow Carpenter ‘85
Kathleen Gibson Elam ‘83
Gloria Hope Graves ‘91
Vanessa Thompson ‘94

Bonita B. Landers ‘84
Tyrone Sterling Toland ‘90

Harry Howell Clyborne ‘80
Dr. Linda Claire Miller ‘81
Robert Lee Speer ‘83

Lee Hunter Bender ‘82
Elaine Emory Bond ‘90
Paul Alan Gray ‘84
Carl Franklin Hyatt ‘81
Joni S. Phillips ‘90
Lou Lyn Turner ‘84

Dr. Jimmy Arthur Ferrell ‘81
Jeffery Wayne Ray ‘88
John Carter Wallace ‘89

Cynthia Ann Gardner ‘86
William Craig Newsome ‘88
Cynthia Denise Smith ‘81

Janet Sue Kirby ‘83
Susan H. Krause ‘85

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