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Georgia College Alumni Association announces 2013 Alumni Award winners

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April 10, 2013

Georgia College’s Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Alumni Awards.

A banquet held April 19 in the Student Activities Center’s Magnolia Ballroom recognized the honorees.


Thomas "Tad" Brown Jr.Thomas "Tad" Brown Jr.

Thomas “Tad” W. Brown Jr. is the recipient of the Honorary Alumnus Award.

Brown has been a dedicated volunteer and champion for the public liberal arts mission of Georgia College since 2002.

He currently serves as a trustee for the Georgia College Foundation and has served as past chair of the Foundation, a member of the Campaign Steering Committee and chair of the Investment Committee.

In his role as president of The Watson-Brown Foundation, he was involved with the largest gift ever received by the university. That includes the Watson-Brown Foundation Endowment for the Ina Dillard Russell Library as well as the ongoing support of the Milledgeville Chapter of its Junior Board-an educational program that encourages youth philanthropy by entrusting talented high school students with grant monies for local historic preservation projects.   

He and his wife, Mary Kay, also have endowed a scholarship for students majoring in history or English.  

This distinctive award is reserved for non-graduates who have rendered outstanding service to the university through work in support of Georgia College.


Barbara Dunson BenderBarbara Dunson Bender

Barbara Dunson Bender, ’51, is the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. 

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually to a graduate who has excelled in a professional field and attained prominence by having a positive effect on either the state, regional or national level.

Bender had a distinguished career with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (later NASA) in the field of thermal analysis. She began programming computers for thermal analysis when they were first introduced to the agency in 1962.

During her time at NASA, Bender worked with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, primarily on the problems with re-entry heating and heat shield design.

The mathematics major and physics minor, credits her well-rounded education and supportive faculty at then Georgia State College for Women for much of her success. 

Bender currently lives in Commerce, Ga. She is active in her church and is a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Her sister Miriam Dunson, '52, won the Alumni Heritage Award in 1995.


Corinne DanielCorinne Daniel

Dr. Corinne Daniel, ’60, is the recipient of the Alumni Heritage Award.

Daniel has dedicated much of her life to education, serving for many years as a home economics and science teacher at Baldwin County High School.

She also worked as a child development instructor and department head at Augusta Technical College and ran Daniel Educational Consulting, which assisted technical colleges with research and strategic planning.

After she received her Bachelor of Education degree from then Georgia State College for Women, Daniel went on to receive a master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia and doctorate degree in higher education from Nova Southeastern University.

Daniel has demonstrated commitment to Georgia College through various alumni events, alumni outreach and her dedicated service on the Alumni Board of Directors.

The Alumni Heritage award is presented annually to an alumnus who, in four or more decades, has lived a life that exemplifies the traditions and heritage of the university.

Daniel has embodied the mission of Georgia College throughout her career through her service to others.


Bernard Warrington Jr.Bernard Warrington Jr.

Lt. Col. Bernard Warrington Jr., ’92, is the recipient of the Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Community Service Award.

Warrington served his country in the U.S. Army many years including multiple combat tours for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

In addition to a distinguished military career, Warrington founded the non-profit organization Faith to Change which helps provide inspirational messages, counseling and mentoring to youth, service members and the incarcerated.

The native of St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands currently serves as the CEO of the Faith to Change Foundation.

Warrington has also received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work with the underprivileged.

He received his Associate of Arts degree from Georgia Military College, his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management from Georgia College and his Master of Business Administration degree from InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico.

The Ethel Rae Mozo-Stewart Alumni Community Service Award is presented annually to honor alumni with a history of service that resulted in visible improvements within the community. The award was established to honor an alumna from the class of 1946.


James and Kim WallJames and Kim Wall

James, ’81 and Kim Wall, ’81, were awarded the Alumni Service Award.

The Walls have given back to the university in many ways through their years of service.

They have been members of the College of Business Advisory Board since 2009. This year, Kim serves as the vice chair. Together they have also helped organize College of Business alumni networking events.

The couple met at Georgia College in the late 1970s, and since then they have provided dedicated service to their alma mater.

Their roots at Georgia College run deep with several alumni in the family. Kim’s twin sister, Kay Tucker McFarlin, ’81, and her mother, the late Doris Payne Tucker, ’44, graduated from the university. Their daughter Kat Wall, ’09 and ’10, also graduated with her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Georgia College.

James currently works with AT&T in Atlanta as the associate director of home solutions support. Kim is the director of community development at Georgia United Credit Union.

The Alumni Service Award recognizes graduates who have rendered the greatest service in recent years to both the university and the Alumni Association.


Roger HarrisonRoger Harrison

Roger Harrison, ’09, is the recipient of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.

Harrison serves as senior vice president for the Covington/Newton County Office of Economic Development.

In his two years with the county, Harrison’s office has helped create more than 2,000 private sector jobs and more than $1.3 billion in capital investment.

He has served as the chairman of the Georgia Governor’s Honors Alumni Association and a foundation trustee for Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Previously, he has served as a board member for the Georgia 4-H Advisory Board.

Harrison received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Presbyterian College, his Master of Public Administration from Georgia College and has completed two years of coursework toward his doctorate degree in public administration at Valdosta State University.

The ninth generation Georgian is a native of Monticello.

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award is presented annually to an alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years and has established notable recognition in a professional or business career with promise for continued success.

For information please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 478-445-5771.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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