Nominate Alumni for Awards

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations close June 9

Candler School of Theology invites alumni and members of the Emory University community to nominate candidates for special recognition as one of a select number of outstanding individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to Candler School of Theology, the Church, and the larger society. Nominees should be individuals who embody the Core Values of Candler School of Theology in their work and ministry. As many as two awards (described below) may be presented annually by the Dean upon recommendation of the Candler Alumni Board:

Lifetime Achievement

The Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement recognizes graduates of Candler School of Theology for their lifetime of achievement in service to Candler, the Church, the Academy, and/or the Community. These are individuals who, over a lifetime, have used what they learned at Candler to the fullest in service to others.

Faithful and Creative Leadership

The Distinguished Alumni Award for Faithful and Creative Leadership recognizes graduates of Candler School of Theology who live out the mission of the School—serving as faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries in the world. These are individuals who have demonstrated tremendous achievements and who evidence an ability to continue serving with excellence and creativity in their work and ministry.

Outstanding Young Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Young Alumni recognizes graduates of Candler School of Theology age 40 and under who has notable leadership in their personal and professional environments. These individuals show exceptional dedication, loyalty, and support in his/her service to the Candler School of Theology community and beyond.


Previous recipients of this award and its predecessor, the Alumni Service Award, include:
Carolyn Ann Abrams 92TRobert Lee Abrams 92TWilliam S. Barnes 73B 76THal Brady III 64T 84TR. Lawson Bryan 75T 85T
Pamela A. Cahoon 77TJ. William Carroll 54T

Betty Clanton Castellani 83TRobert Clarke 58TBrian Combs 06T
John W. Culp 71TWilliam Flippin, Sr. 82TH. Eddie Fox 62TSarah Gerwig-Moore 02L 02TJames W. Giddens Jr. 87T
Gordon C. Goodgame 58TF. Stuart Gulley 86TDon Harp 66TSusan T. Henry-Crowe 76TJay Hodges 72T 91T
L. Bevel Jones 46C 49TGinger Rogers Kaney 72TR. Calvin Kimbrough Jr. 75TNelia T. Kimbrough 74TDow Kirkpatrick 40T
Lloyd Knox 54TCarlton Mackey 05TKenneth E. Marcus 92TTim McClendon 96TTimothy McDonald III 78T
Cecil McFarland 55TMarshall L. “Jack” Meadors 58TRobert C. Morgan 58TCarolyn Morris 79TDiane A. Moseley 73T
Kenneth Samuel 81TAllan Sandlin 89TGilbert Schroerlucke 52T 53GWilliam Self 71THerchel H. Sheets 52T
Jasmine Smothers 08TKarl Stegall 79TB. Wiley Stephens 65TThomas A. Summers 59TGordon G. Thompson Jr. 46T
K. Edward Tomlinson 69TW. Waite Willis Jr. 75T 83GMichael John Zdorow 12TEugene M. Zimmerman 54T

University Wide Awards

Emory University awards distinguished alumni who have exhibited outstanding contributions to the Emory community or abroad.

Emory Medal
Turman Alumni Service Award
Jake’s Golden Heart Award
Outstanding Alumna Award
Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award