The University of West Alabama and the UWA National Alumni Association are proud of the accomplishments and loyalty of UWA graduates and other non-alumni supporters. We believe their achievements and support should be publicly recognized.
Pictured left to right: Naomi Allen, Dr. Ken Tucker, Dean of COB, and William Lunsford.
William A. Lunsford
Class of 1968 ٠ College of Business Alumni Achievement Award
William “Bill” Lunsford received a bachelor of science in business administration from UWA. Upon graduation he accepted the position of director of Auxiliary Services and remained at the University for seven years before beginning a career in real estate sales and construction.
Class of 2007 ٠ College of Business Emerging Leader Award
Naomi Allen received a bachelor of science in business administration from UWA. Allen currently serves as a senior accountant with Mason and Gardner CPAs LLC, of Demopolis, Ala. As a senior accountant, Allen is responsible for audits of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, financial reporting, individual and corporate income tax returns, and other bookkeeping services.
Pictured left to right: Olivier Charles, Dr. Kathy Chandler, Dean of COE, and Sherrill Parris.
Sherrill W. Parris
Class of 1988 ٠ College of Education Alumni Achievement Award
Sherrill Parris received a master of education in elementary education from UWA and also an education specialist degree in elementary education and the principalship. Parris is currently the Alabama Assistant State Superintendent of Education.
Class of 2009 and 2012 ٠ College of Education Emerging Leader Award
Olivier Charles received a bachelor of science in special education and a master of science in continuing education with a focus in college student development from UWA. Charles currently serves as interim director of Enrollment Management at UWA.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Dan Puckett, Dr. Tim Edwards, Dean of COLA, and Thomas Cooley.
Dr. Dan Puckett
Class of 1992 and 1993 ٠ College of Liberal Arts Alumni Achievement Award
Dan Puckett received a bachelor of science and a master of arts in teaching from UWA. Since graduation he has also earned a doctorate from Mississippi State University. Puckett began his career as an adjunct lecturer in history at UWA. He then went on to teach at Mississippi State University, California Baptist University and Mt. San Jacinto College. He is currently an associate professor of history at Troy University.
Class of 2005 ٠ College of Liberal Arts Emerging Leader Award
Thomas Cooley received a bachelor of science in English with a minor in political science from UWA in 2005. He completed his doctorate of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law in 2011. Cooley is currently an attorney with Langston & Lott in Booneville, Miss. He recently received his license to practice in Alabama.
Pictured left to right: Sammy Culpepper, Dean of CNSM and David Powell. Not pictured: Dr. Archie Hooper, IV.
Class of 1978 ٠ College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Alumni Achievement Award
David Powell received a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in industrial technology from UWA. Powell began his career as a chemical results engineer in 1977 with PowerSouth (then Alabama Electric Cooperative) in Leroy, Ala. Since his start, Powell has served PowerSouth in additional positions including, plant coordinator, plant services supervisor, assistant superintendent, plant services superintendent and plant manager. He currently holds the position of director of Power Production with PowerSouth in Andalusia, Ala.
Dr. Archie Hooper, IV
Class of 1999 and 2000 ٠ College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Emerging Leader Award
Archie Hooper, IV received a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry and a master of arts in teaching in biology from UWA. He received his medical doctor’s degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency at Tuscaloosa Family Medicine from UA also. Hooper currently provides health care services in association with Gordo Family Practice, Bryce Hospital, Elmore Community Hospital, Pickens County Medical Center, Bibb Medical Center, Hill Hospital, Lake Martin Community Hospital, Rush Hospital and Rush Medical Group.
Pictured left to right: Marsha Cannon, Dean of Nursing and Sarah Lauderdale. Not pictured: Stewart Wright.
Class of 1999 ٠ Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing Alumni Achievement Award
Stewart Wright received an associate’s degree in nursing from UWA, a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of South Alabama, a master of science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a post graduate certification from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Currently, Wright is a staff certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) at Rush Foundation Hospital as well as administers anesthesia as a part-time CRNA at the Meridian Plastic Surgery Center.
Class of 2005 ٠ Ira D. Pruitt Division of Nursing Emerging Leader Award
Sarah Lauderdale received an associate’s degree in nursing from UWA, a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and recently received a master of science in nursing from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. She is a registered nurse in Alabama and Tennessee as well as a family nurse practitioner. She is currently working on her Family Nurse Practitioner Summer Preceptorship.
Pictured left to right: Earlene Lindsey, Justin Smith, NAA President, and Violet Reed.
Faculty/ Staff Loyalty Award
Earlene Lindsey received her associate of business degree in accounting from East Mississippi Community College in 1957. In November 1966, she married Norman Lindsey and they became residents of Livingston, Ala. UWA hired Lindsey in January 1967 as the student accounts supervisor, where she worked for a few months until she was promoted to the position of supervisor of Payrolls, Insurance, and Personnel. She worked in this position until her retirement in June 1997, but chose to return in a part-time capacity the early part of 1998 as secretary in the Office of the Provost.
She later transferred to the Office of the President, where she works on special projects, records minutes for all board committee meetings, each quarterly board meeting, as well as the UWA Foundation Board meetings and the monthly meeting of the President’s Council.
Alumni Loyalty Award
Violet Murphy Reed received a bachelor of science in education in 1949 from the University of Alabama followed by a master of science in education in 1954, and an education specialist degree in 1961. She has been a strong educator as she has taught elementary students at Eoline Consolidated School, high school students at Cold Springs High and Dothan High, and college students at the University of Alabama as well as at The University of West Alabama. Reed has been a long time friend of UWA and has a very unique perspective of the University. Reed is now semi-retired and has remained extremely active with the University as well as numerous community and professional organizations. She recently made an estate gift of her home and property to UWA.
2012 UWA Service Awards
Pictured: Susan W. Townes, Washington County Chapter President. Not pictured: RockTenn.
Washington County Alumni Chapter
Outstanding UWA Chapter
The Washington County Alumni Chapter is one of the National Alumni Association’s most recently chartered chapters. Prior to their establishment, Washington County alumni were joined with the Clarke County Alumni Chapter. In 2010, a core group of Washington County alumni decided to forge their way into forming the Washington County Alumni Chap
The Washington County Alumni Chapter has gone above and beyond their call of duty this year. Alumni Relations is truly proud of their accomplishments.
West Alabama Community Service Award
RockTenn prides itself on being a company which is responsible, reliable and respected. RockTenn embraces a culture of corporate citizenship, giving generously of time, talent and funding to take care of the communities in which they are located. As one of the largest employers in the West Alabama area, RockTenn greatly supports education at all levels. The Demopolis, Ala., location is a proud supporter of The University of West Alabama and all that we do. They are especially true sponsors of UWA athletics.
2012 UWA Athletic Hall of Fame
Pictured left to right: Janet Montgomery and Ronnie Gilliland, Brett Gillilan's father.
The UWA Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1981 by the National Alumni Association, honors former UWA athletes or coaches who have brought distinction to the University through their athletic achievements.
Janet Montgomery currently serves as an associate athletic director at UWA. She spent 19 years as head softball coach of the Tigers, winning 427 games, five Gulf South Conference Championships and was runner-up at the 1997 NCAA Regionals. Montgomery also won 53 games in four years as the head volleyball coach. She is currently the longest tenured Senior Women’s Administrator in the GSC.
Brett Gilliland currently coaches wide receivers and serves as the football recruiting coordinator at Georgia Southern University. A four-year letterman at quarterback for UWA from 2000-03, he was a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and an All-GSC performer. He still holds several UWA passing records and finished his career with 6,689 yards passing and 36 touchdowns while completing 59-percent of his passes (579-of-980).
At the conclusion of his playing career, Gilliland had posted four of the top 10 single game passing performances in school history, including a then school-record 470 yards against Valdosta State in 2002. A magna cum laude graduate at UWA, he was a two-time member of the GSC All-Academic Team and a finalist for the GSC Top Eight Award on two occasions. As a senior Gilliland was runner-up for the GSC Commissioner’s Trophy, which goes to the top male athlete in the league.