Distinguished Achievement Awards 2007
Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented during Alumni Weekend 2007 to seven alumni who have distinguished themselves as Transylvanians through their professional lives, standards of excellence, and community service.
|Edward E. Ball Jr. ’57 was recognized for his significant career in education. Now retired, he was formerly a professor at Western Kentucky University, deputy superintendent of Franklin County and Anderson County schools in Kentucky, middle and high school teacher, coach, principal, and executive director of the Kentucky Academy for School Administrators.|
|Brenda S. Bell ’67 was honored for her achievements in education. Her work has focused on improving adult education and literacy in the United States and abroad. As senior program adviser for the Education Development Center, she advises on initiatives in rural Afghanistan, the Mindanao area of the Philippines, and South Africa. She was previously associate director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Tennessee.|
|Bruce K. Davis ’66 was recognized for his 27 years of service to the Kentucky Bar Association, including 24 years as executive director. Recently retired, he oversaw a virtual doubling of bar association membership to 15,200 and an increase in access to legal assistance for the poor. He also supervised implementation of KBA’s discipline system. The association gave him its Outstanding Lawyer Award in 1998.|
|Anne England Mulder ’57 was honored for her significant contributions to education. She was named Woman of the Year in 1989 by the American Association of Women in Community and Junior Colleges, and retired as president of Lake Michigan College in 1993. She was previously a professor and development director at Nova Southeastern University and interim dean in the school of education at Grand Valley State University. The American Association of Community Colleges gave her its Distinguished Service Award in 1995.|
|Christian K. Nielsen Jr. ’62 was recognized for his achievements in broadcasting and banking. Working from the WUKY studios at the University of Kentucky, he hosts “One Night Stand,” a nationally syndicated show on National Public Radio featuring dance bands from the 1930s to the present, and “Sentimental Journey,” a local program with music of the late 1940s and early ’50s. He is a retired real estate officer from Bank One in Lexington.
|Dorothy C. Watson ’62 was honored for her 32-year career in teaching, nursing, and healthcare administration in the United States and abroad, and for her volunteer work. She received the Tennessee Public Health Associations’ state award in 2005 and an outstanding alumna in nursing award from Salve Regina College in 2006. As a volunteer at Partners for Healing, a free medical clinic in Tullahoma, Tenn., she was one of three women selected for “Make Mom’s Dream Come True” on ABC-TV’s Live With Regis and Kelly.|
|Thomas C. Watson Jr. ’61 was recognized for his career in law and the military. An attorney and retired U.S. Navy captain, he held numerous posts over his 31-year Navy career, including commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Legal Service Office in Yokosuka, Japan, and commanding officer of the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. He practices law on a limited basis in Tullahoma, Tenn|