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University Awards

Presented to alums for outstanding service to Transylvania and its programs

Mary Lou HarmonMary Lou Dietrich Harmon ’56
Mary Lou Dietrich Harmon has served her alma mater as a member of the Alumni Executive Board and Transylvania Women’s Club, and as co-chair of her 50th reunion. As an expression of gratitude for her Transylvania education, she established, along with her husband, Al, an academic endowment fund in peace studies in honor of history professor emeritus John D. Wright Jr. and the late philosophy professor emeritus Benjamin F. Lewis ’43. She is a former high school teacher and employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Presented for unique and exceptional service to Transylvania

Samuel BarnesSamuel G. Barnes
Samuel G. Barnes joined Transylvania’s Board of Trustees in 1995 and has given of his time and expertise as a member of the board’s Student Life Committee and Finance Committee. He was a generous supporter of the 225th Anniversary Campaign, the Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center, and the Charles L. Shearer Art Building. He has helped to secure support for the Schell Student Loan Fund from Fifth Third Bank, Central Kentucky, where he serves as president and CEO.

Presented to non-alums who, through friendship and outstanding service, have promoted Transylvania

Susan and Charles ShearerSusan P. Shearer and Charles L. Shearer
Susan P. Shearer has served Transylvania as first lady for 25 years and has been a constant advocate for the best qualities of the University in all her endeavors. As the parent of three Transylvania graduates, she has been an effective supporter of the admissions program. Her support of student art activities was recognized with the naming of the Susan P. Shearer Student Gallery in the Charles L. Shearer Art Building. She has played an essential role in hosting trustees and special guests at numerous official functions.

Charles L. Shearer celebrated his 25th anniversary as president of Transylvania this July, the longest such tenure in the history of the college. During this time, he has played a key role in helping to increase enrollment from 650 to 1,150, grow the endowment from $33 million to $140 million, enhance faculty and student academic quality, and oversee the completion of more new buildings and renovation projects than any prior president.

Presented for unique and exceptional service to Transylvania

Brian WoodBrian Clark Wood ’94
Brian Clark Wood joined Transylvania’s Board of Trustees in 2005 following three years of service on the Board of Visitors. He chaired the 10th reunion of his class and served on the Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center alumni committee from 1999-2005. He has provided generous support for the Transylvania Annual Fund, Thomson Residence Hall, Charles L. Shearer Art Building, Beck Center, and Cowgill Center for Business, Economics, and Education. He is president and CEO of BC Wood Properties, which comprises retail and commercial property in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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