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President Brooks Keel presents an award during a past College of Nursing Alumni Weekend event.

Augusta University names 2020 alumni award winners

Augusta University recognizes the following Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni award winners. Honorees will be celebrated during individual college banquets at Alumni Weekend 2021, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23.

Due to the cancellation of last year’s Alumni Weekend events, the 2020 winners are being honored this year. They are:

College of Allied Health Sciences
  • Sara Haddow Liebel, PA-C ’91 Distinguished Alumna
  • Katherine Sylvester, PT, DPT ’10 Outstanding Young Alumna
Dental College of Georgia
  • Emmanuel “Manny” Ngoh, BS ’90, DMD ‘94, 2020 Distinguished Alumnus
  • Jacqueline Delash, MPH ’08, DMD ’15, MBA ’20, 2020 Outstanding Young Alumna
Medical College of Georgia
  • Phillip Roberts, MD ’62, Distinguished Alumnus, Professional Achievement
  • Sam Richwine, MD ’77, Distinguished Alumnus, Loyalty
  • Koosh Desai, MD ’16, Outstanding Young Alumni
College of Nursing
  • Annette Bourgault, PhD ’12, Phoebe Kandel Rohrer Distinguished Alumna
  • Gwendolyn Fryer, BSN ’74, MSN ’79, E. Louise Grant Distinguished Alumna
  • Jessica Wright, MSN ’09, PhD ’20, Outstanding Young Alumni
College of Education
  • Sean Petro, MEd ’03, EdS ’06, Distinguished Alumnus
  • Chaundra Creekmur, MAT ’10, Outstanding Young Alumna
Hull College of Business
  • R. Thomas Fuller, BBA ’74, Distinguished Alumnus
  • Sarah Murray, BBA ’14, Outstanding Young Alumna
College of Science and Mathematics
  • Monica Adams, BS ’98, Distinguished Alumna
  • Steven Cauthron, BS ’17, Outstanding Young Alumnus
Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Deke Copenhaver, BA ’91, Distinguished Alumnus
  • Fady Adel Tawadrous, BA ’13, Outstanding Young Alumnus
  • Kacee Camp Morris, BS ’12, PA-C ’16, Distinguished Alumna

The Dental College of Georgia also named these 2021 honorees:

  • Ben Jernigan, Jr., DMD ’76, 2021 Distinguished Alumnus
  • Hardy Gray, DMD ’16, 2021 Outstanding Young Alumnus
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Denise Parrish is Director of Communications for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic at 706-721-9760 or

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