From ball games to banquets to breaking news, TTU's director of photographic services is virtually omnipresent in the life of the university, documenting the life and times of Tennessee Tech.
For his dedication to his craft and the university -- as well as his contributions beyond photography -- Tennessee Tech recently honored Carothers with the 2000 Outstanding Professional Award.
"The capability of his office has improved dramatically under his leadership," said Paul Isbell, TTU's vice president for university advancement. "He has had to use technology to make improvements and progress. He has embraced this concept with innovation and imagination and made major improvements to provide additional services, meeting and exceeding the demands of the campus community."
Off-campus, Carothers is known to many community members because of his long time involvement in the Cumberland Microcomputer Users' Group. He also obtained his amateur radio license three years ago and became a part of Skywarn, the National Weather Service storm spotter network.
"His remarkable knowledge of computer, systems and software make him an easy target for questions and requests beyond the scope of photo services, but Dean is always more than willing to volunteer his time," said Monica Greppin, TTU's director of public affairs.
A 1975 TTU industrial technology graduate, Carothers joined the photo services office in 1980 as assistant director and was promoted to director in 1986. He was honored at a recent ceremony where he received a plaque and a $1,000 cash award.The Outstanding Professional Award program, established in 1993, was created to recognize outstanding professional staff and to accompany existing awards programs at the university for faculty and clerical and support staff. Last year's winner was Laura Clemons, TTU's assistant director-publications in public affairs.