May 9, 2022 - Georgia Southern University’s Alumni Association recognized the highest levels of achievement and service among the University’s alumni during the 2022 Alumni Awards ceremony, held at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center in Statesboro in late April.

“These awards recognize our outstanding alumni for their service, their business acumen and overall excellence,” Georgia Southern President Kyle Marrero told the event crowd. “Our network of Georgia Southern and Armstrong alumni is now more than 130,000 strong and growing, and with each success, our reputation as a University is strengthened.”

This year’s full list of winners include:

Anthony Tippins (’92)  — Talon Award

The late John Bradley, Ph.D., Clavelia Love Brinson (‘70), Jessie Z. Carter (‘69,’80), Arlene Daughtry Hendrix (‘71), Catherine Davis Joyce (‘68), Otis Johnson, Ph.D. (’64), Ulysee Mosley, Ph.D., (‘69), and Shirley Ann Woodall — Marvin Pittman Award  

Zerik Samples (‘11, ‘13) — George & Lucy Armstrong Award

Paul Moller (‘74, ‘78) and Claudia Moller (‘71, ‘81, ‘91) — The Sweetheart Award

Barbara L. Melvin (‘92) — Professional Achievement Award

Lana Wachniak, Ph.D. (‘73), and William H. Wallace Jr. (‘’81) — Alumni Service Award

Ansley Booker, Ed.D. (’08) — Community Hero Award

Lexie Wilbank (’21) — Outstanding Senior Award

In addition, the Alumni Owned Business Awards were given to the following top alumni-owned businesses:

Macon Occupational Medicine — Founder, Leonard Bevill (’90, ’93)

M1 Support Services — Co-founder, Kathleen Hildreth (’90)

The Fairell Firm — Founder, Joi Fairell (’07)

“These individuals represent the best of Georgia Southern and remind us why we all work so hard to give our students opportunities that change lives,” said Georgia Southern’s Director of Alumni Relations Ava Edwards. “We are grateful for their investment in their communities and in Georgia Southern.”

To view the full list of award winners and award criteria, visit

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