Inaugural Awards Ceremony Honors Joel Anderson

President Kenneth Kitts awarded Mr. Anderson with an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at the College of Business Awards and Appreciation Banquet on April 13, 2015 at the Guillot UniversityUNA College of Business Awards Banquet Center on campus. “I first met Joel when he chaired the Presidential Search Committee,” President Kitts said. “I knew then that this was a special place when people like Joel are so dedicated to the advancement of the community and UNA.” Joel Anderson serves as chairman and director of the Anderson Companies and as chairman of Anderson Media, as well as a UNA Trustee. His philanthropic and leadership efforts have greatly impacted the Shoals, as well as other organizations on national and international levels.

Additional recognition was awarded to five faculty and staff members for their exceptional contributions, and each department acknowledged one outstanding senior.  A total of 62 scholarships were awarded.

Faculty and Staff Awards

  • Faculty Advising Excellence Award - Carol H. Gossett
  • Faculty Research Excellence Award - James A. Jerkins
  • Faculty Service Excellence Award - Kerry P. Gatlin
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award - Corey S. Cagle
  • Staff Service Excellence Award - Kelly R. Irwin

Departmental Outstanding Senior Awards

  • Accounting and Business Law - Hannah F. Aycock
  • Computer Science and Information Systems - Thomas J. Rhodes
  • Economics and Finance - Allison V. Short
  • Management and Marketing - Robert J. Stein

SunTrust sponsored the event, which raised funds to support study abroad programs for UNA students. UNA encourages students to participate in a study abroad program to help broaden their world view. Student Victoria Atkinson spoke to guests about her study abroad experiences and recommended that every student pursue such an opportunity. “I am forever changed by the time I spent abroad,” she said. “I know when I begin my career that I will bring this experience with me.”

Dean Carnes recognized four retiring faculty and staff members for their service to the College and the university. “We are a great College of Business because of the contributions these people made over their years of service,” he said. “I wish them the very best as they start a new chapter.”

Retiring Faculty and Staff

  • Robert B. Bailey
  • Kerry P. Gatlin
  • Deborah L. Westmoreland
  • Cheryl L. Williams

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