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Alumni awards recipients.

Oxford College honors our alumni and other members of our community for their outstanding leadership, dedication, loyalty, and service.

Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award

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2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives this award to an Oxford alumnus/alumna who shows exceptional dedication, loyalty, and innovation in his or her service to Oxford. They are no more than twelve years out from their Oxford degree.

Will Canon 11Ox 13C

Will Canon worked as an Admission Advisor at Oxford College, recruiting students from Texas, Alabama, and various counties in Georgia for both Emory and Oxford Colleges. In August 2016, he began his new position as assistant director of Development and Alumni Relations with the Laney Graduate School.

As a student at Oxford, he served as a Peer Assistance Leader, a Bonner Leader, Chair of the Sophomore Class Gift Committee, and worked in the community as a project coordinator for The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, helping to plan and coordinate the Celebrate Our Home project for Newton County. In addition, he served as a mentor and programs facilitator with the Evening Reporting Center of Newton County. While at Emory College, he engaged the sustainability community through an internship at the Office of Sustainability Initiatives and as a member of the Sustainable Food Committee.

Canon has served as member and class representative for the Oxford College of Emory University Alumni Board and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta honor society.

Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Award

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2016 William Norton Outstanding Alumna Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives this award to an Oxford alumnus/alumna who has shown exceptional dedication, loyalty, and innovation in his or her service to Oxford.

Chi Chi Okezie 98Ox 00C

Chi Chi Okezie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and is an avid world traveler. Okezie began her own consulting firm, SIMPLEnetworking, LLC, specializing in business networking and cultural awareness. She has published two networking books and over 300 online articles.

She is an active Emory volunteer who joined the Emory Alumni Board in 2010 and has served on the Initiatives Committee, working specifically on the Career Services sub-committee. Okezie has been chair of the Alumnae and Women of Emory (AWE) interest group, served a two year term as alumni representative on the Emory University Senate, is a reunion volunteer, Dinner with 12 Strangers host, served as an alumni mentor, and speaks to student groups on both campuses. She was also awarded Class of 2013; 40 Under 40 award for both Connect Magazine and Rejuvenate Magazine.

Past Recipients

2015Julie Nelson
2014Susan Gregory 77Ox 79C
2013Kip Hart 94Ox 96C
2012Tom Brodnax 65Ox 68C
2011Warren Brook 70Ox 72B
2010Joe Bartenfeld 64Ox 66C
2009Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93PH
2008Paul Jackson 82Ox 84B
2007Marvin Hardy 61Ox 63C 65L
2006Joe Edwards 54Ox 56B 58B
2005Dan Ragsdale 59Ox
2004Mellie Davis 59Ox
2003William (Bill) Norton 42Ox 44C 50L
2002Art Vinson 66Ox 68C
2001Hugh Tarbutton 52Ox 55C
2000Dean Minor 38Ox 40C
1999Jim Bailey 67Ox 69C

Outstanding Teaching Award

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2016 Outstanding Teaching Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives this award to an Oxford faculty member, past or present, who has imbued a love of learning, a mastery of the work, and a sense of community in the course of teaching at Oxford. 

Dr. Clark Lemons 74G 78PhD

Clark Lemons, professor of English and theater, directs the theater program at Oxford College. His teaching specialties include theater history and poetry, and he occasionally acts on stage with his students. He began teaching at Oxford in fall 1982 and became full professor in 2000. Prior to coming to Oxford, Lemons directed the theater program at The Marist School in Atlanta.

During his time at Oxford, he has served as a member on the Center for Creativity; Arts Executive Committee and the Oxford Board of Counselors. Some of his awards include the Black Student Alliance Award, Phi Theta Kappa Favorite Teacher Awards, the Mizell Award for Superior Performance in Education, the Fleming Teaching Award and the Williams Teaching Award. Lemons will be retiring after the spring 2017 semester.

Past Recipients

2015Steve Henderson
2014Hoyt Oliver 54Ox 56C
2013Eloise Carter 78G 83PhD
2012Bill Cody
2011Andy Autry
2010Kent Linville
2009Dan Moore 35Ox 37C 40G
2008Bill McKibben
2007Judy Greer
2006Mike McQuaide
2005Homer Sharp 56Ox 59C
2004John Gregory
2003Neil Penn
2002Dick Shappell
2001Joe Guillebeau
2000Marshall Elizer
1999Curry Haynes

Outstanding Staff Award

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2016 Outstanding Staff Award

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives its Outstanding Staff Award to an Oxford College staff member, past or present, who has shown exceptional dedication and loyalty in his or her service to Oxford. They also appreciate the sense of community that Oxford offers.

Lyn Pace 02T 17T

Lyn Pace joined Oxford College as chaplain in July 2009. In this role, he is a resource for all members of the college community and an advocate for all of the religious and spiritual life groups on campus. The programs and counseling services offered through his office support all students during their time at Oxford, whether or not they are part of a religious, spiritual, or faith tradition. He has served in the classroom, teaching courses at Oxford on contemplative practice and on building community, and in the community during a four-year term on the Oxford City Council.

Pace earned his BA degree in religion and history from Wofford College in 1999 and received the Master of Divinity degree from Emory's Candler School of Theology in 2002. In the spring of 2017, he will complete his degree in the Doctor of Ministry program at Candler. An ordained Methodist minister, Pace is a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, where he has served a four-year term on the executive committee.

Past Recipients

2015Todd Cain
2014Joy Budensiek
2013Rodger Brunson
2012Marvlyn Kirk
2011Jennie Taylor
2010Mary Barnes
2009Eugene Williams
2008Stephen Bowen

Honorary Alumnus

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2016 Honorary Alumnus

The Oxford College Alumni Association gives its Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award to a person who did not graduate from Oxford College but who has shown exceptional dedication in his or her service to Oxford.

Dr. Stephen Bowen

Emeritus Dean Stephen Bowen retired after 11 years of service to Oxford College in May 2016. Under Bowen's leadership, Oxford underwent nearly $120 million in improvements to its facilities, including six major construction projects: The Fleming, Elizer and Murdy residence halls; the Oxford College Library; the Oxford Science Building; and the Oxford Dining Hall. In addition to these new buildings, Bowen oversaw several restoration and renovation projects, including the restoration of the President's Home (1837), the oldest structure owned by Emory University. Bowen also oversaw the creation of the Oxford Organic Farm adjacent to the campus.

Perhaps most importantly, under Bowen's leadership there were significant increases in Oxford's academic profile, with a rise in applications and enrollment, as well as a greater emphasis on teaching and scholarship which enhanced academic innovation.

The Dean Stephen Bowen Scholarship was established in 2016 by alumni and friends to honor his service to Oxford.

Past Recipients

2015Sheilah Connor
2014Nancy Murdy
2013Kitty McNeill
2012Kathy Brook
2011Penny England
2010James Wagner
2009Mary Louise Flemming 70G
2008Mike McQuaide
2007Sammy Clark
2006Lil Long
2005Paul Anderson 38C 40L
2004Dean Dana Greene, Joe Moon, and Jennie Taylor
2003John Temple
2002Jake Ward 33C 36G
2001Judy Greer
2000Bond Fleming 33C 36T
1999William H. Murdy


R. Carl Chandler Award

The R. Carl Chandler Award for a Lifetime of Leadership through Service to Oxford College is given each year to a person that exemplifies leadership, service, and dedication to Oxford College.

Reuben Carl Chandler was born on October 25, 1917, in Lawrenceville, GA. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1941. He was an enthusiastic and devoted Emory alumnus and was involved in Emory’s development on many levels. He served as president of the Alumni Association from 1965 through 1966, was honored in 1968 with the Alumni Association’s Award of Honor (now the Emory Medal), was a member of the Board of Visitors, and was a member of Emory’s Board of Trustees from 1972 through 1978. During his service at Emory, he developed a special interest in Oxford College and continued his generous donations of time and money until his death.

In 1971, Chandler, along with Dean Bond Fleming and Judge William Norton, conceived of and founded the Oxford Board of Counselors, and Chandler served as the Board’s first Chairman.

Past Recipients

2015Dr. Trulock Dickson 72Ox 74C
2014Eugene Rackley 55Ox 58B
2013Mike McQuaide
2012*Pierce Cline 47Ox
2011Milt Gillespie 59Ox     
2010Hugh Tarbutton, Sr. 52Ox 55B
2009*Bill Murdy, Dean Emeritus     
2008Max Austin 61Ox 63C 69MR
2007Bill Norton 42Ox 48C 50L 
2006Bob Chappell 56Ox 58B 68B
2005Marvin Hardy, III 61Ox 63C 65L
2004Judy Greer, Professor Emerita 
2003Tommy Owens 59Ox 61C 65D 
2002Joe Edwards 54Ox 56B 58B 
2001John and *Sara Gregory   
2000*Marshall and *Fran Elizer   
1999*Bond Fleming 33C 36T, Dean Emeritus
1998*Dean Minor 38Ox 40C   
1997Clifford Bell 46Ox 50C  

*Deceased