Emory & Henry College holds Outstanding Alumni Awards virtually

Posted by Allison Galloway
The Outstanding Alumni Awards were held on Monday, May 4 via a Facebook Watch Party.

Hosted by the E&H Alumni Association, the awards honor alumni who serve as shining examples for their communities. Below is a full list of award winners.   

The Rev. Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award - Kris Sheets ’02

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated special service to humanity (civic, community, church, nation, etc.); has made unusual personal sacrifice; has shown a long and dedicated commitment to service; has achieved a remarkable single accomplishment; has shown special creativity and innovation which benefits humanity; and/or deserves special consideration because of the urgency of other person’s needs being met by this person. 

Kris was chosen for the award because of the selfless community service she practices for the community of Saltville.  She is Branch Supervisor of the Saltville Public Library, and serves with a host of community leadership organizations.

Distinguished Achievement Award - Harold Craw ’99

Awarded to an individual who has attained distinguished achievements in a professional or volunteer capacity; has demonstrated a sustained record of excellence in a professional or volunteer capacity; and/or has shown special creativity and ingenuity in achieving accomplishments.

Harold was chosen for his distinctive work as an executive in minor league baseball. He is the general manager for the Jacksonsville Jumbo Shrimp and in 2017 he became the first African American to be named Executive of the Year for any league in Minor League Baseball. 

Fred Selfe Service to Emory & Henry Award - Bobbie Frentz Larkins ’03

Awarded to an individual who has provided extraordinary participation in alumni activities, admissions, development, governing boards, special projects, etc., and has had a consistent record of financial support to E&H. 

Bobbie was chosen for this award in recognition of her commitment to making real-world work connections for E&H students.

A.L. Mitchell Young Alumnus Award -  Josh Stamper ’07

Awarded on the basis of any of the qualifications listed above, but the individual must have achieved such accomplishments during the first 15 years after graduation. 

Josh is assistant principal at Virginia Middle School and has recently published a book that is helping explain the Trauma Informed Care movement in our public schools. The book is entitled, Ugly Me.

James A. Davis Faculty Award - Dr. Lou Fincher

Awarded to an E&H faculty member with a distinguished record of excellence in teaching; has shown exceptional service beyond the classroom; has made some outstanding single achievement within his/her discipline; and/or has provided distinctive service to the community, the region or beyond helping to promote the good name of Emory & Henry. 

Dr. Fincher was chosen for her success in establishing the E&H School of Health Sciences as an important partner in health care in our region.


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