Carson-Newman University honored 13 individuals during its Alumni Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Those recognized demonstrate the traits of those in Scripture who, often with no fanfare, serve, lead, support and love in a manner indicative of the calling of Christian educators to help C-N students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.

The Carson-Newman Beacon Award is presented to the alum or supporter of C-N under the age of 45 who, like a beacon providing light, has achieved and affected success in their respective fields or professions while also making significant contributions in areas of service. Recipient: Jennie F. Allen ’98, Dallas, Texas

The Carson-Newman Distinguished Achievement Award is given to an alum or supporter who has shown a long-term commitment to a project or projects that may not be easily seen upfront, but has developed through work, effort and innovation, a result that changed for the better, and made a significant impact on their industry, profession or chosen field. Recipient: Dr. Thomas P. Zgambo ’77, Silver Spring, Maryland


The Carson-Newman Legacy Award is given to a family who, through a decision to attend Carson-Newman University, support its mission or both, resulted in multiple generations of family members following that path. Honorees must have a minimum of at least three generations of family receive degrees from C-N and support the University’s mission and influence others to attend C-N. Recipient: Alice S. Pryor ’56 and five generations of family, Jefferson City, Tennessee


The Carson-Newman Vision Award is presented to an individual, group, or team that has seen a need to help advance Carson-Newman and its mission, assisted in developing a plan and took on a leadership role in seeing it to fruition. The honoree(s) are to have affected success in their chosen field and contributed significantly to areas of service. Recipient: F. Clark Denton ’92, Knoxville, Tennessee


The Carson-Newman Servant Leadership Award is presented to a C-N alum or supporter who exemplifies the attributes of servant leadership, consistently volunteering or agreeing to accept roles to advance the mission and vision of the University while also affecting success in their chosen field. Recipient: Dr. D. Wayne and Beth Harvey, Knoxville, Tennessee


The Carson-Newman Triumph Award recipient is chosen by the deans and a selection panel from various schools and is given to the outstanding graduate in each category who has taken what they learned as a student and an individual and triumphed success in their respective fields of study making an impact through their work on those they serve.


    • Arts – Mimi Tin ’93, Fayetteville, Georgia
    • Humanities & Social Sciences – Jonathan L. Childs ’95, Pound Ridge, New York
    • Business – Mark B. Burnette ’96, Mount Juliet, Tennessee
    • Family and Consumer Sciences – Judy J. Gooch, ’74, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
    • Education and Counseling – Byron Booker ’04, Morristown, Tennessee
    • Natural, Applied and Health Sciences – Brent A. White ’81, Bridgewater, New Jersey
    • Religion – Rev. William H. Hild, ’78, Sarasota, Florida


The R.R. Turner Spirit of Carson-Newman Award is given to a current C-N employee who exemplifies the highest ideals of service and leadership on campus. Recipients are considered to be the pinnacle of excellence and performance in their roles at Carson-Newman. The R. R. Turner Spirit of Carson-Newman Award is named in memory of Carson-Newman alumnus (1951) and beloved professor emeritus of English (1955-1992), Dr. R. R. Turner. Recipient: Sheryl Gray, University Registrar

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The institution’s website is