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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

2011
Sonya Kay Ehrhardt '08

2010
Lee Ann Johnston '80

2009
Michael E. Meilinger ‘93
Penny D. Meilinger ‘92

2008
C. Dan Adams '83

2007
Milton A. “Chip” Smith, Jr. ‘78
Mary Lou Hodge, RN ‘82

2006
Dolores Anderson ‘81

2005
Stephanie Seay ‘91

2004
Lisa Leary ‘87
Jane Bottsford ‘69

2003
Ainsley M. Williams ‘93
Barney G. Gosnell ‘79

2002
William Robert Cobb ‘74

2001
Priscilla Joyce Lipscomb ‘89
Jonathan Taylor McClure ‘83
LTC (Ret) Barry G. Murray ‘82
Dr. Edward Homan Overstreet ‘91

2000
Debroah Ruth Shehan ‘96
Albert V. Smith ‘77
James Robert Smith ‘72
Mike Wood ‘77

1999
Johnny Mack Brown ‘76

1998
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

1997
Kimberly Jean Ashby ’85 & ‘91
Tonie Gail Edwards ‘89
Toni Lea Nunsz ‘91
Jane V. Turner ‘78

1996
David Alan Bellew ‘80
Rev. Mary Jo Cartledgehayes ‘83
Steve Harvey ‘80
Duveen Karen Woolbright ’80 & ‘88

1995
Robert Meadow Carpenter ‘85
Kathleen Gibson Elam ‘83
Gloria Hope Graves ‘91
Vanessa Thompson ‘94

1994
Bonita B. Landers ‘84
Tyrone Sterling Toland ‘90

1993
Harry Howell Clyborne ‘80
Dr. Linda Claire Miller ‘81
Robert Lee Speer ‘83

1992
Lee Hunter Bender ‘82
Elaine Emory Bond ‘90
Paul Alan Gray ‘84
Carl Franklin Hyatt ‘81
Joni S. Phillips ‘90
Lou Lyn Turner ‘84

1991
Dr. Jimmy Arthur Ferrell ‘81
Jeffery Wayne Ray ‘88
John Carter Wallace ‘89

1990
Cynthia Ann Gardner ‘86
William Craig Newsome ‘88
Cynthia Denise Smith ‘81

1989
Janet Sue Kirby ‘83
Susan H. Krause ‘85

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