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University Awards

Morrison Medallion

Presented to alumni for outstanding service to Transylvania and its programs
Joe M. Thomson
Joe M. Thomson '66, a former member of the Board of Visitors, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004. He and his wife, JoAnn, made the lead gift for Thomson Residence Hall, opened in 2008, which houses 61 students in 31 suite-style units and also includes the 1780 Café and a meeting room. He is the owner of Winbak Farms of Delaware, New York, Maryland, and Canada and is a partner in the Lexington harness racing track The Red Mile. He is senior vice president and director of business development for PLANCO, a company founded by him, his wife, and a partner and subsequently purchased by Hartford Life.
 

Irvin E. Lunger Award

Presented for unique and exceptional service to Transylvania
Byron Young
Byron Young '61 has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1994. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and co-chairs the sub-committee overseeing the university's reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He previously served on the Academic Affairs Committee, Planning and Evaluation Committee, and Development Committee. He was alumni chair for the $9.2 million Brown Science Center laboratory renovation project. He is professor of neurosurgery in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and director of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.

Transylvania Medal

Presented to non-alumni who, through friendship and outstanding service, have promoted Transylvania
Dave Shannon
David L. Shannon, professor of mathematics, has taught at Transylvania for 34 years. He was program chair for mathematics from 1984-2000 and served as interim vice president and dean of the college from 2002-04. He is a recipient of the Bingham Award for Excellence in Teaching. Among a long list of service activities to Transylvania, he is currently director of the university's reaffirmation compliance certification with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and chair of Transylvania's Phi Beta Kappa application. He has been involved with the Holleian Society since 1978 and has served as the student honorary's president at various times. He chaired the honorary degree committee and served as university marshal from 1990-2011.

Charles and Susan Shearer Award

Presented for transformative service to Transylvania
Charles and Susan Shearer
Charles and Susan Shearer served Transylvania for more than three decades, including 27 years as the university's president and first lady, the longest such tenure in the 231-year history of the college. Charles was elected to the presidency in 1983 after four years as vice president for finance. During his years in office, Transylvania was transformed through the revitalization of its academic programs, a rebuilding of much of the university's physical campus, a significant increase in enrollment, and strong growth in the endowment. Susan has been a partner to her husband every step of the way, serving as a sounding board for his ideas and a gracious ambassador for Transylvania at numerous events.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Presented to an alumnus or alumna who graduated no more than 18 years ago, with a strong record of volunteer service and support of their alma mater
Brad Sullivan
Bradley T. Sullivan '03 has been a member of the Board of Visitors since 2007 and served as reunion gift chair for the five-year reunion of the class of 2003. He assists in managing United States-managed commodities business in the U.S. and Europe for ICAP Energy, the commodity arm of ICAP PLC, an interdealer broker that carries out transactions for financial institutions with a daily volume in excess of $1.5 trillion. He was previously personal aide to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and legislative correspondent for the senator, covering judicial nominations and transportation and foreign policy issues.

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