The annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner recognizes distinguished alumni and friends
of the College of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding achievement
or service to the College of Arts and Sciences, to their profession or to society.
The dinner is held each spring in one of Columbia’s premier venues, Riverbanks Zoo
Ndoki Lodge. Recipients join an esteemed group of honorees who are leaders in industry,
the arts, nonprofits, and government.
Mr. Allen Garrett Klump graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with
degrees in political science and philosophy.
Today, Mr. Klump is the Chief of Staff for Congressmen Jeff Duncan.
Distinguished Alumnus: Neil Jacobs
Neil Jacobs, Ph.D. is the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation
and Prediction, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and
Atmosphere. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the
College of Arts and Sciences.
Dean's Award: Henrie Treadwell
Henrie M. Treadwell, Ph.D. is Founding Executive Director and Senior Advisor for Community
Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved. Dr. Treadwell also has an appointment as a
full-time Research Professor in the Department of Community
Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Chair of The Links
Incorporated National Childhood Obesity Initiative.
In 1963 Dr. Treadwell, then Henrie Monteith, was the first African American woman
to register for classes at the University of South Carolina. She graduated from the
College of Arts and Sciences in 1965 with a bachelor's of sciences in biology.
Institutional Support Award: The Knight Foundation Donor Fund at the Central Carolina
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with deep local
roots. They have offices in eight cities where the Knight brothers once published
newspapers, and they work through community foundations in 18 others, including Central
Carolina Community Foundation.
Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties
by linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in
Distinguished Alumna Award: Marva A. Smalls
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Ryan C. Holt
Distinguished Service Award: Vasa W. Cate, M.D.
Dean's Award: Tommy Hickman
Institutional Support Award: The Duke Endowment
Distinguished Alumnus: Major General James M. Richardson, Jr.
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Jotaka L. Eaddy
Distinguished Service: Gregory Thomas Alia (posthumously)
Dean's Award: John C. Parry
Institutional Support Award: DEA Survivors Benefit Fund
Distinguished Alumna: Ms. Anne Hale Miglarese
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Tommy D. Preston, Jr.
Distinguished Service: Ms. Laura Bauld Turner
Dean's Award: Ms. Carolyn T. Polston
Institutional Support Award: Michelin North America
Distinguished Alumna: Ms. Marcia Lee Hale
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Mike Randal Colter
Distinguished Service: Ms. Shirley D. Mills
Dean's Award: Mr. John Kevin Hoey
Institutional Support: Mr. Jeffrey Leving, Father's Rights
Institutional Support Award: Bilinski Educational Foundation
Distinguished Alumna: The Honorable Kathryn S. Smith
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Robert Temple Samuels
Distinguished Service: Dr. Jason C. Hu
Dean's Award: Mr. Michael Tongour
Distinguished Alumna: The Honorable Lindsey O. Graham
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Nicholas Ray Morris
Distinguished Service: Dr. Walter B. Edgar
Dean's Award: Mr. Scott Howell
Distinguished Alumna: Dr. Gail M. Morrison
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Daniel D'Alberto
Distinguished Service: Ms. Lynn Robertson
Dean's Award: Dr. Lois Duke Whitaker
Institutional Support Award: Watson-Brown Foundation
Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. Janine Anne Davidson, Mr. Mike Randal Colter
Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Francis John Person
Distinguished Service: The Honorable James E. Smith, Jr.
Institutional Support Award: IAVO Research and Scientific
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