Alumni awards ceremony to honor five Hanoverians

Hanover College alumni honors

Hanover will present its highest alumni awards to five graduates during a special Homecoming ceremony this fall. Deby Grosskopf Dihoff ’73 and Charles Stewart ’63 will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Adam Clevenger ‘05, Devon Sharpe ‘13 and Okletey Wilson-Tei ‘09 will be presented with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. Register to attend.

2022 Alumni Achievement and Distingushed Young Alumni award recipients

The awards, presented annually since 1960, recognize graduates who have enhanced the reputation of the College by making significant contributions to their community, state or nation through professional service, public service and/or civic activities.

Dihoff served as a mental health professional for 40 years. She is the retired executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina. She previously worked as director of the Pitt County (N.C.) Mental Health Center and director of operations, chief finance officer and developmental disabilities program director for the Orange-Person-Chatham (N.C.) Mental Health Center.

Dihoff’s lengthy record of community involvement also includes board memberships for The Interagency Coordinating Council, Association for the Severely Handicapped, Association for Retarded Citizens and Faith Connections on Mental Illness, among many others. She is a past recipient of the Lifetime Service Award from the North Carolina Council on Community Programs.

The mother of two sons, Dihoff also has two grandchildren. She resides in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Stewart has worked in academia for more than 50 years as an educator, administrator, author and consultant. He has taught history at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign since 1971 and has conducted extensive research on African history and the history of the 20th century.

He is currently professor emeritus at the University of Illinois and a fellow at Northwestern University’s Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa. He has also served in capacities such as executive associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, director of the African Studies Program and history department chair.

He and his wife, Sena Leikvold, are the parents of five children. The couple has nine grandchildren.

Clevenger has more than 15 years of leadership in nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy. He currently serves as a partner at Loring, Sternberg and Associates, an Indianapolis, Ind.-based management and fundraising consulting firm.

Previously, he served the YMCA of the USA as regional collaboration manager (2012-16) and director of Hanover’s James Blythe Presidents’ Club (2011-12). He was also the director of annual giving at YMCA of Greater Indianapolis (2008-11) and director of development at Timmy Global Health (2006-08). He has helped recruit and train hundreds of campaign volunteers for clients that have collectively raised more than $100 million.

Clevenger resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Jess Trimble, and their two daughters.

Sharpe is an attorney at Jenner, Pattison and Sharpe in Madison, Ind., and manages Madison Land Title.

Sharpe serves as chief public defender for Jefferson County (Ind.) and attorney for the Town of Hanover and the City of Madison’s Planning Commission, Historic Board of Review and Board of Zoning of Appeals. He is a board member for the Venture Out Business Center, Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County and Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County. He also serves as regional director of German American Bank, graduate advisor for Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and head boys’ and girls’ tennis coach at Madison Consolidated (Ind.) High School.

He resides in Madison with his wife, Rachel Slade Sharpe ’13.

For more than a decade, Wilson-Tei has worked as a corporate and individual strategist, trainer and motivator. From 2012-21, he served as president and chief executive officer at Tei Consulting Group, a Charlotte, N.C.-based marketing and sales firm. Since 2020, he has worked as an International Sports Sciences Association personal trainer in the Greater Charlotte area.

Prior to launching his own companies, Wilson-Tei worked as an account manager at 212 Marketing Solutions and interned at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

Wilson-Tei and his wife, Megan, live in Fort Mill, S.C.