The Hanover College Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumna/us by the College. The award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the college by distinguishing themselves with outstanding professional, personal achievements or those who have loyally dedicated their time and service to their alma mater.

We're proud of what our alumni do around the world. You lead in your communities. You create new ways to serve and meet needs. You take what you learned as a student and use it to make things better in your work, where you live and for the people closest to you. Every year we highlight some of the amazing things you or your classmates have done and honor them during the Alumni Awards Luncheon.

past Alumni Achievement Award Winners are listed below.

AAA Nomination Form

Nominations are accepted until July 1 of the current year. All nominees are kept in the nomination process for two years and are reviewed annually during the fall. Honorees are selected by a committee convened by the Alumni Leadership Council and the President of Hanover College. The award is presented by the President in May at the Alumni Awards Luncheon. To submit a nomination, please complete each section of the form. The nominator must provide all materials pertinent to the nomination.

Alumni Award Criteria

  • Previous AAA award winners are not eligible. A list of past recipients is below.
  • Nominee must be a graduate of Hanover College.
  • Nominee must have made significant contributions to their community, state and nation through professional service, public service and/or civic activities.
  • Nominee must be living.
  • Nominee is not on the Board of Trustees.
  • Nominee is not on the Alumni Leadership Council.

Your Information

Nominee's Information

Before you submit a recommendation, please remember that you must provide significant information about an individual’s accomplishments in one of three categories: Community Service, Service to Hanover College, and Professional Achievement. Please provide as much information as possible and include relevant links or copies of materials (news articles, press releases, publications, etc.).

I. Selection of Category (Please select one of the following):


Community Service

The individuals nominated in this category have made significant contributions to their communities as volunteers and/or as leaders. They have impacted positively the life of others and have been recognized for their contributions. To help us better understand, please provide answers to the following questions:

Service to Hanover College

The individuals nominated in this category have made significant contributions to Hanover College and its students as volunteers and/or leaders. They have impacted positively the lives of students and provided support to the College’s mission. To help us better understand, please provide answers to the following questions:

Professional Achievement

The individuals nominated in this category have had significant impacts on their professions and/or achieved high degrees of success. They are recognized as leaders within their fields. To help us better understand, please provide answers to the following questions:

II. Narrative

Please be sure to review all your information for accuracy before submitting this form.

past alumni achievement award winners

2018
David Henderson '69
Marabeth Ice Levett '71
Jon Miller '97
Richard Nicholas III '72

2017
Joe Beardsley '72
Julie Irwin Richter '65
Sue Seifert Williams '65

2016
Robert Baylor '70
Bud King '53
Phillip D. Scott '64

2015
Susan Martin Studds '76
Eric Ballenger '81
Lisa Mills Hawker '94

2014
Sam George '75
Richard E. Helton '68
Bixler W. Howland '72

2013
Ray N. Black, Jr. '74
Sandra M. Chapman '77
Jennifer Clark Evins '88

2012
Judith Mayhew Andrews '66
Jerry Johnson '69
David Palmer '65

2011
Dr. Thomas R. Cullison '68
Lisa L. Fleming '82
Wallace R. Yakey '75

2010
Richard Park '51
Philip Hedrick '64
Doug Kurdys '61

2009
JoAnn Brouillette '83
Andrew R. Burgess '68
Richard A Lesh '66

2008
Elmer Geissler '51
Jane Huffman Hayes '83
James A. Lake '65

2007
Stephen E. Olvey '65
Virginia Vogel Riley '54
Richard C. Rogers '58

2006
Joyce Hopewell Brinkman '66
Jerry McKenzie '59
Richard Scamehorn '64

2005
Wade Clapp '77
Mike Pence '81
Sandy Wilcox '66

2004
Kenneth Gladish '74
Thomas Mayer '73
Robert Schults '64

2003
Ralph Gray '55
Peter Kovacic '43
Jim Ward '81

2002
R. James Green '72
Charles C. Hawley '51
Warren L. Prell '66

2001
John Hawley '54
G. Lincoln McCurdy '73
David Ramage, Jr. '51

2000
John E. Frederick '71
Jim Leonard, Jr. '78
John C. Shoemaker '64

1999
Jackie Bennett '80
Elaine Kops-Bedel '74
Joseph Rawlings '52

1998
John C. Trimble '77
Carl R. Bogardus '55
Joseph Hale, Jr. '71

1997
Paul W. Kettlewell '73
Paula Jane Hagerman Kettlewell '73
J. Barton Luedeke '64
Suellen Kinder Reed '67

1996
Margaret Ellis Hammelrath '62
James E. Head '61
Carol Warner Shields '57

1995
Naomi Blume Bliss '26
Mary Ella Weber Cooper '32
Gale E. Dryden '44
Robert S. Gettinger '40

1994
Clifton S.M. Egan '73
Lawrence E. Gloyd '54
Woodrow T. Harrelson '83

1993
Nicholas E. Rutsis '63
Ezra S. Shaya '50

1992
Jane Parker Huber '48
William A. Huber '48
Carl Weatherbee '40

1991
Bill N. Scifres '52
Bonnie Fawcett Anders '65

1990
George C. Burkert '35
Wallace F. Judkins '27

1989
Chester L. Alwes, Jr. '69

1988
Janet Favinger Brinkman '69
Eleanore Watts Moyer '42

1987
James W. Near '60

1986
Joan Phillips Leitzel '58
William B. Rossow '69

1985
Lawrence T. Evans '34
Maribeth Gettinger '75
Sarah Morrow Ketchum '75

1984
Judith Moffett '64
John R. Smith '53

1983
Dorothy Allison Sheppard '40
Harold K. Voris '62

1982
Mary Margaret Mills Moorhead '49
James A. Peterson '50
Patricia L. Walne '54

1981
Warren E. Darnell '28
James A. Richter '65

1980
Mildred G. Lemen '52
William A. Welsheimer, Sr. '51
Harold "Red" Benedict '29

1979
Leslie F. Fox '32
Clark S. Ketterman '52
Sylvia Dan Ketterman '52
Jay C. Taff '26

1978
George W. Carson '27
George W. Pheasant '28
Louisa G. Plummer '29
George S. Taggart '30

1977
Louis G. Bumen '27
Frank A. Guthrie '50
Lester H. Munzenmayer '25
David B. Tallman '29

1976
George M. Balas '28
Ada Martin Henry '40
Marvin C. Amos '49
Theodore V. Petranoff '15

1975
Martha L. Bunch '39
Thomas F. Ritter '48
Henry C. Rogers '20
Samuel H. Washburn '56

1974
Raymond A. Bowden '49
John R. Collier '51
James A. Purkhiser '40
William Dana Shelby, Jr. '33
Ann E. Wiltrout '61

1973
Walter F. LaFeber '55
Gordon E. Miller '50
Richard D. Miller '50
John F. Williams '53 (selected in 1972 - given in absentia)

1972
Leona Snyder '31
Edward G. Lueders '47
Thomas K. Roberts '48
Betty Cummins Roberts '48

1971
Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. '63
Roy H. Behnke '43
Thomas A. Katsanis '57
Paul E. Martin '36
Robert E. Wolverton '48

1970
Thomas J. Houser '51
G. Shannon Walker '21 (in absentia)

1969
Thomas B. Polson '52
Emma M. Hill '42
Richard E. Neal '50

1968
William E. Wilson '19
Edmond A. Tilley '40
Robert E. Miller '39
Thomas H. Johns '53

1967
Edward B. Smith '34
Eldon Campbell '37
Blanche Hall Adams '36
S. Clifford Adams '35

1966
Maurice W. Graston '33
George H. Prime '27
Robert A. Frederick '50
Ethel P. Swengel '36

1965
Byers A. Burlingame '21
Daniel E. Lewis '32
Joseph H. Boyer '42

1964
Amos W. Jackson '26
Ralph H. Anderson '31
Wilbur H. Hinds '50

1963
John M. Blankenship '35
Phyliss J. Fleming '46
Harry J. Henry '39
Oren R. Lewis '24
Temple R. Hollcroft '12 (in absentia)

1962
Herman F. Allen '35
Dorothy Breeding Allen '35
Harry E. Wells '16
Wilbur H. Nagel '14

1961
Stanley W. Morse '20
Robert S. Thomas '36

1960
Kenneth M. Montgomery '15
H. Max Healey '36
Julian L. Culbertson '17
Joseph W. Evans 1897

1959
James E. Almond '11

1958
Ira S. Allison '17

1957
Gayle N. Hufford '14

1956
Harold C. Voris '23

1955
Kenneth V. Lottick '28

1954
Monica Itoi Sone '46

1953
Guy Campbell '00

1952
Russell H. Ftizgibbon '24