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2019 Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Young Alumni announced

Augusta University has announced the recipients for the institution’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni awards. The winners will be formally recognized during the university’s Alumni Weekend, April 25-28, 2019.

The following distinguished alumni will be recognized at their college events during Alumni Weekend:

Judith Cofer, BA ‘74 (awarded posthumously)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Distinguished Alumna

Jason Moore, MEd ’03, EdS ‘04

College of Education
Distinguished Alumnus

George “Bo” Hamil, Jr. BS ‘78

College of Allied Health Sciences
Distinguished Alumnus

Max Poole, PhD ‘78

The Graduate School
Distinguished Alumnus

Sam Barth, BA ‘05

Distinguished Alumnus

Gwendolyn Childs, MSN ‘98

College of Nursing
Phoebe Kandel Rohrer Distinguished Alumna

Hope Bussenius, BSN ’90, DNP ‘12

College of Nursing
E. Louise Grant Distinguished Alumna

Michael “Mike” Polatty, BBA ‘80

Hull College of Business
Distinguished Alumnus

Shirley Fisher, BS ‘87, DMD ‘91

Dental College of Georgia
Distinguished Alumna

Suzanne Smith, BS ‘86, MD ‘90

College of Science and Mathematics
Distinguished Alumna

Marion Jordan, MD ‘69 (awarded posthumously)

Medical College of Georgia
Distinguished Alumnus, Professional Achievement

E. Dan DeLoach, MD ‘74

Medical College of Georgia
Distinguished Alumnus, Loyalty

The institution’s Outstanding Young Alumni awards will also be recognized at their college events during Alumni Weekend. This award is given to emerging alumni leaders under age 40 who have made a significant impact in their career, community and the university. Below is a list of those recipients:

Jonathan Bullard, BBA ’05, DMD ‘10
L. Renee Hilton, MD ‘11
Heather Jennings, BSN ’04, MSN ‘08
Natalie Lemacks Thigpen, BS ’08, M.Ed ’10, Ed.S ‘13, Ed.D ‘18
Maura Bravo Pridgen, M.Ed ’12, Ed.S ‘14
Rachel Mellick, PA-C ‘11
Adam C. Mestres, BA ’09, MPA ‘10
Ashley D. Nelson, BBA ’08, MBA ‘11
Taylor Winkleman, BA ’11, BS ‘11

To register for Alumni Weekend events, visit For additional information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 706-737-1759.

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