Melinda Stone Keifer Calvin & Nelia Kimbrough Randy G. Darcy Paul Korth Jim & Barbara Greeson Lynne E. Parker Tammy Hatfield Boles Abbye Solis
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Eight recognized at 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards

Having made an impact in their local communities and around the world, eight Tennessee Tech alumni were recognized with the university’s outstanding alumni awards.

Each year, outstanding alumni are selected from each of Tech’s six colleges, the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and the athletics program. This year, 10 individuals were honored at a ceremony on Feb. 3, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Leslie Town Centre.

 View a video of the awards ceremony.

College of Agriculture and Human Ecology

Melinda Stone Keifer

The College of Agriculture and Human Ecology honored Melinda Stone Keifer, a 1983 clothing merchandising graduate. Keifer currently serves as the coordinator of economic and community development for the city of Cookeville.

College of Arts and Sciences

Calvin and Nelia Kimbrough

The College of Arts and Sciences honored Calvin and Nelia Kimbrough. Calvin and Nelia both completed their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tech in 1969 and 1971 before earning divinity degrees and serving 43 years of appointed ministry in the Methodist Church.

Department of Athletics

Randy G. Darcy

Athletics honored Randy G. Darcy, a 1973 mechanical engineering graduate. Darcy is a retired executive vice president and chief technical officer for worldwide operations and technology for General Mills, Inc.

College of Business

Paul Korth

The College of Business honored Paul Korth. Korth earned a degree in accounting from Tech in 1986. With almost 30 years of experience in healthcare, Korth now serves as the chief executive officer at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

College of Education

Jim and Barbara Greeson

The College of Education recognized Jim and Barbara Greeson. Jim and Barbara each earned three degrees from Tech and have a combined 84 years experience in their careers as educators.

College of Engineering

Lynne E. Parker

The College of Engineering recognized Lynne E. Parker. Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tech in 1983. She currently serves as associate dean for faculty affairs and engagement in the Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and is a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science there.

College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Tammy Hatfield Boles

The College of Interdisciplinary Studies honored Tammy Hatfield Boles. Boles earned a doctorate degree in environmental sciences from Tech in 2009 and is an assistant professor in the university’s school of environmental studies.

Whitson-Hester School of Nursing

Abbye Solis

The Whitson-Hester School of Nursing honored Abbye Solis. Solis earned her nursing degree from Tech in 2003 and since 2008 has worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in a surgical intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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