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The Truett-McConnell College Alumni Awards recognize . . .
Since 1989 the Truett-McConnell Alumni Association has honored deserving alumni each year with the Outstanding Alumnus Award and since 1995 with the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. These awards recognize individual dedication to the college, exemplary service to God and man, strength of character and spirit, wisdom that evokes vision, ambition that accepts and overcomes challenges, and leadership that sets an example.

All alumni are invited to nominate fellow alumni for these awards. Nomination forms can be obtained on the college’s website at
Alumni Nominations or by request from the TMC Alumni Office at 706.865.2134, ext. 122. Nominations are reviewed by the Outstanding Alumnus Awards subcommittee of the Alumni Executive Committee, and the top candidates are presented to the Alumni Executive Committee for final decision and approval. The awards are presented annually during Alumni Weekend.


Outstanding Alumnus Award
(first award presented in 1989)
Presented annually to a TMC graduate (or former student who has completed a minimum of 30 hours at the institution), who has shown outstanding achievement in a specific field of endeavor, while exhibiting loyalty to and support of the college.
Academic Year Recipient of Outstanding Alumnus Award Class Year
1989-90 Mr. Al Dale (former ABC news bureau chief) 1961
1990-91 Dr. Myron Collins (orthopedic surgeon) 1956
1991-92 Dr. Robert N. Nash (former SBC missionary and seminary president in Philippines) 1956
1992-93 Dr. Billy Frye (chancellor, Emory University) 1950
1993-94 Mr. Larry Bryant (attorney) 1957
1994-95 Senator Hinton Mitchem (state senator, State of Alabama) 1958
1995-96 **Dr. Kenneth Barnes (Clayton County educator) 1955
1996-97 **Dr. Donald L. Folsom (Executive Director of Georgia Baptist Foundation) 1954
1997-98 **Rev. Claud Healan (former Director of Missions for Morgan, Appalachee and Mulberry Associations, GBC) 1954
1998-99 Mr. Michael Tull (president of I. W. Tull Sales Company) 1975
1999-00 Ms. Donna Kirby (former missionary to Hong Kong) 1959
2000-01 Rev. Robert Hatfield (Minister of Music, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church) 1969
2001-02 Mrs. Betty A. Walker (retired IMB missionary) 1960
2002-03 Dr. Jerry C. Davis (President of College of the Ozarks) 1963
2003-04 Dr. J. Donald Carroll (retired Director of Missions) 1954
2004-05 Award Not Given  
2005-06 Award Not Given  
2006-07 Award Not Given  
2007-08 Award Not Given  
2008-09 Mr. Ryan A. Bowman (Chick-Fil-A Training Consultant) 1994
2009-10 Dr. Diego S. Humphrey (Cardiologist) 1979
2010-11 Col. Ronald Trotman (former Air Force Colonel) 1959
Not Awarded
Dr. Harris R. Malcom 1973

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

(first award presented in 1995)
Presented annually to a TMC alumnus who has graduated/attended whithin the past ten years, selected on the basis of personal achievement and loyalty to the college.
Academic Year Recipient of Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Class Year
1995-96 Dr. Chris Childs (dentist in Gainesville) 1990
1996-97 Ms. Joy Parks (judge of White County Magistrate Court) 1988
1997-98 Mr. Stacy Butler (pharmacist and former international professional basketball player) 1988
1998-99 **Ms. Betsy Wynne (ADA Coordinator at the University of Georgia) 1992
1999-00 Mr. Jeremy Gates (Minister of Music in First Baptist Church, Eustis, Florida) 1994
2000-01 Rev. Johnathan Gray (pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Fairburn) 1994
2001-02 Mr. Ben T. Bridges (music teacher with Bibb County Board of Education) 1995
2002-03 Ms. Allyson Harper (teacher of deaf/hearing impaired, Newnan High School) 1995
2003-04 Mr. Scotty J. Wilbanks (songwriter/professional musician) 1991
2004-05 Award Not Given  
2005-06 Award Not Given  
2006-07 Award Not Given  
2007-08 Award Not Given  
2008-09 Mrs. Katie Cooper Wyatt (Public School Music Teacher) 2006
2009-10 Dr. Joshua D. Kinsey (Pharmacist) 2001
2010-11 Award Not Given  
Award Not Given  
C. Derrick Holmes 2006

Meritorious Service Award

(first award presented in 1989)
Presented annually to a person (may be alumnus or not) who has shown loyalty and commitment to Truett-McConnell College through outstanding service, e.g., as a trustee, financial contributor, student recruiter, administrator, faculty member or some area of Christian service.  
Academic Year Recipient of Meritorious Service Award
1989-90 Mr. Jack Holcomb and Dr. Louise Holcomb (former students, faculty members and administrators of TMC)
1990-91 **Mr. J. C. Driskell (former faculty member of TMC and benefactor of the TMC Baptist Student Union program)
1991-92 **Dr. Lounell Mullis (former faculty member)
1992-93 **Dr. Pearl Nix (charter faculty member, trustee and scholarship visionary)
1993-94 Dr. Truett Gannon (pastor, former president of Georgia Baptist Convention, former chairman of TMC Board of Trustees)
1994-95 **Mr. Earl Payne (former faculty member)
1995-96 Mr. Colby Tilley (former TMC women’s basketball coach)
1996-97 Mr. Rodney Fitzgerald (former TMC faculty member and administrator; current TMC adjunct instructor)
1997-98 Dr. Helen Adams (former faculty member and drama director)
  Award Not Given Since 1997-1998

The Office of Advancement Services adheres to the scriptural principles contained in Article XIII of The Baptist Faith & Message 2000.

XIII. Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.

Truett-McConnell College Gives Thanks

Truett-McConnell College has made astounding progress since its humble beginnings in 1946.  Begun with a population of 54 students and 10 faculty members, the college opened its doors in September 1947.  Housed in cramped temporary quarters, students and faculty even then visualized a school rising on the hill east of Cleveland.  Today Truett-McConnell College sits on a site one mile east of Cleveland on a campus comprised of 230 acres and more than 20 buildings.  In December 2002, Truett-McConnell was approved as a four-year college after more than half a century on the two-year college level.

Truett-McConnell College provides a unique doorway to opportunity for everyone who enters.  Each individual crossing the threshold has the distinct advantage of an outstanding academic program, offered with additional opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, adding value to each degree.  Students come to Truett-McConnell with their own ambitions in place, but ambition is not enough.  Each student’s success depends greatly on leadership, challenging programs of study, quality facilities, sound management, and opportunities to grow spiritually, all of which help Truett-McConnell College students to reach their goals, no matter what those goals may be.

Since its inception, the college has served over 11,000 students with opportunities for learning that have taken them to places all over the world.  Its liberal arts curriculum, taught on a campus where everyday life is centered around Christ, has helped the school make a difference in the lives of many students.   For all of this Truett-McConnell College gives thanks to alumni, friends, supporters, foundations, churches, and the community at large.

Please consider how your gift can make a difference for a Truett-McConnell College student.  There has never been a better time than now to give.  Truett-McConnell College is making a difference, one student at a time, and you can join the college in this effort.  Please call the Office of Advancement Services at (706) 865-2136, extension 122, to discover the best method for you to help make the difference. For this, Truett-McConnell College gives thanks.


Since 06-15-2008


Gene and Sue Lyons Robinson (class of 1958) observed their 50th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2008.  They celebrated with a week on North Captiva Island, FL, with their two sons and their wives and their four grandchildren.  The Robinsons were married at Nacoochee Baptist Church in Nacoochee Valley.


Danny Caudell (class of 1978) is Southeastern Regional Safety and Environmental Manager for Cobb-Vantress, Inc., the world’s oldest poultry breeding company and a global leader in broiler breeding.  He lives with his family in Gainesville, GA.

Rev. Barry Thompson (class of 1972) and his wife, Kay, began service in July at Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta, where Barry is Senior Associate Pastor for Education and Administration.

Jennifer King (attended 1977) is principal of Jack P. Nix Primary School in Cleveland.

Angela Stovall Post (attended 1977-1978) has recently been named Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Helen Branch of United Community Bank.  An 18-year employee of the bank, Angela has two children and is very active in civic projects in White County.

Dr. Cathryn Van Brackle (attended 1978-1980) is a licensed clinical psychologist with PsychCare Services, Inc., in Winter Springs, FL.  Cathy, who lives in Daytona Beach, came by the TMC campus on July 11, 2008, for a visit.


Don Howell, Jr. (class of 1984) is Manager of Network Operations and Support for the Gwinnett County Public Schools with an office in Suwanee, GA.  He and his wife Tracy and their three children live near Cleveland, GA.

Scott Mewborne (class of 1987) is an officer in the United States Air Force.  He graduated in early August from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, receiving a Master of Military Operational Arts and Sciences degree.  He and his family are moving to Belgium, where he has been assigned as personnel chief at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.


Steve Bartlett (class of 1993) is in his second year as Assistant Principal of White County Ninth Grade Academy.  He also serves as the head wrestling coach at White County High School.

Sebastian Muah (class of 1994) was recently appointed to work in the cabinet of Her Excellency Madamme Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia and the first female president of any African nation.  Sebastian is Principal Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs for Policy.  In his role as the second in leadership in the ministry, he will lead in the formulation and review of policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Liberia, where 48% of the 3.5 million population live on less than one dollar a day.  Sebastian is enrolled in the graduate school of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh in its distance learning program and is completing his graduate work online while living and working in Liberia.

Chad Robbins (class of 1994) and his wife, Christie, operate a ministry in which they go to areas where they are needed and pitch in to help—construction work on buildings, flood cleanup, sending care packages to American soldiers in Iraq, supporting children in Mexico--anything they feel God leading them to do.  It is truly amazing what they are able to accomplish on a very small budget.  Contact e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dena Burnett (class of 1999) was married to Aaron Hayes on April 19, 2008, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Aaron is a graphic designer for a newspaper, and Dena works for Edward Jones Company and is also a massage therapist.  The couple has recently purchased a house in Decatur and adopted a puppy.


Davis W. King, Jr. (class of 2000) was elected to the Board of the Georgia Health Care Association at the group’s annual convention June 15-20 at Amelia Island, FL.  He is Chief Executive Officer of King Enterprises and Associates, Inc., in Albany.  King Enterprises oversees the operation of 702 long-term care beds throughout southwest Georgia.

Dr. Joshua D. Kinsey (class of 2001) was recently honored by the Georgia Pharmacy Association as the Georgia Retail Pharmacist of the Year.  The Georgia Pharmacy Association is a nationally recognized and respected organization with more than 2,000 members.  Kinsey also was elected to serve as the vice chairman of the Academy of Employee Pharmacists for the next two years and then will assume the chairmanship of the Academy’s Board of Directors.  He was chosen for this prestigious award based on his involvement with the Georgia Pharmacy Association, his volunteer work in his community, and his dedication to his patients and the profession of pharmacy.  He is one of the youngest pharmacists to receive the honor in the history of the award. 
     He is a 2005 honor graduate of Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is currently employed as the pharmacist in charge of the Ingles Pharmacy in his hometown of Cleveland, GA.

William Threadgill (class of 2004) is in his first year as band teacher at White County Middle School.  William received his Associate in Music degree from Truett-McConnell and his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Georgia.  He is married to the former Amanda Hearington (TMC class of 2007).

Camilo Ochoa (class of 2006) and his wife announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Belen Ochoa, on May 15, 2008.  The Ochoas formally presented Zoe to their church during the Sunday service on June 1, 2008.  The Ochoas live in Argentina in South America.

Lynn Westmoreland (class of 2008) is employed as a fifth grade teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School, White County’s brand-new elementary school which opened in August 2008.  Lynn was one of the first class of candidates to graduate from Truett-McConnell with bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education in May 2008.

 In Memoriam 

Charles D. Black (attended 1947), aged 82, one of the charter students when Truett-McConnell opened its doors in September 1947, passed away on September 3, 2008, following a brief battle with cancer.  He was founder and owner of Charles Black Construction Company, a large company that does commercial construction—office buildings, public schools, college buildings, hospitals, and the like.  He was a veteran of World War II and attended TMC as a veteran, being a charter member of the Veterans’ Club at TMC.  He refereed TMC’s home basketball games for the first few years that the college had a team and was paid $5 for each game he refereed.  He and his wife, Dot, were loyal basketball fans.  He is survived by his wife, Dot; a son Bud and his wife Margie (both TMC alums); and a daughter, Lynda Lunsford.  Two other sons, Monte and Chris, preceded him in death.  Surviving him also are one sister, three brothers, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Rev. Willis Melvin (Mel) Sheppard (class of 1960) of Avondale Estates, aged 71, passed away on January 23, 2008, from a massive heart attack.  Mel had worked for 46 years with Pan Am Testament League in distribution of Bibles and Christian literature.  The morning of his death, he called the office and said that he had summoned a taxi to take him to the doctor.  As he was walking through his yard to get in the taxi, he collapsed and died.  He is survived by a brother and two sisters.  Judging from the number of inquiries the Alumni Office received regarding his death, he was a beloved TMC student.


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