The 2019 Georgia Southern University Alumni Association Awards were presented Saturday, April 13, to eight distinguished alumni at the Nessmith- Lane Center on the Statesboro Campus.
The 2019 recipients are:
Alumni Service Award –
Karl Peace, Ph.D. (‘63)
Presented to the alumnus, who through volunteerism and/or philanthropy, has made the greatest contribution to the advancement of the University. Peace created an endowment to establish the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, the first college of public health in the University System of Georgia.
Award – Otis Johnson,
Presented to the alumnus who has shown remarkable achievements in local, regional, national and international service. Johnson, from Savannah, served eight years as the 64th mayor of the city of Savannah. Professional Achievement Award – Ann Levett, Ed.D.
(’76) M.Ed. (’80) MPA
(’88) Ed.S. (’89)
Presented to the alumnus who has made the greatest achievement in his or her career. Levett was appointed as superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools in 2017.
Sweetheart Award – Spence (’70) and Sheila (’71) M.Ed. (’75) Hoyne
Presented to a couple who are both alumni and who, together or separately, have supported the University through philanthropy, service or professional work. Spence and Sheila Hoynes of Savannah have been married for almost 47 years. The continued growth and development of the University are extremely important to the Hoynes Family and they are annual Foundation donors who contribute to both Georgia Southern Statesboro and Armstrong programs.
George and Lucy
Armstrong Award – Drew
Presented to an Armstrong alumnus who best exemplifies the University’s core values as expressed through integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness and social responsibility. Ernst, a partner at Hunter Maclean in Savannah, is a nationally recognized environmental attorney.
Marvin Pittman Award Rebecca Martin Nagy, Ph.D. (’75)
Presented to a Georgia Southern alumnus who best exemplifies the University’s core values as expressed through integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness and social responsibility. Nagy, of Gainesville, Florida, retired in July after a 33-year museum career. For the last 16 years she was director of the University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art.
Talon Award – James (Jimmy) Childre, Jr. (’76)
Presented to the alumnus who best represents excellence in their career field, service to their alma mater and service to the community. Childre is a third generation auto dealer. In 1980, at the age of 25, he founded Childre Ford, Inc., in Sandersville, Georgia.
Outstanding Senior Award – Jennifer Lauren Hanselman, anticipated B.M. in Music Education,
The Outstanding Senior Award is presented to graduating seniors who have completed all of their coursework at the University with the highest overall GPA. Hanselman plans to teach elementary general music or high school choir.
The Georgia Southern University Alumni Awards program was launched in 2019, building off of the alumni awards programs that existed separately for decades at Georgia Southern and Armstrong State University. The Georgia Southern Alumni Association fosters relationships with alumni and friends through programs that promote the growth, progress and welfare of the University.