The awards ceremony is part of the university's Homecoming '98 celebrations. The public is invited to the event to honor the award winners for their outstanding achievements and service.
Outstanding Service Awards
Robert C. (Bobby) Davis
They've been a team for almost 42 years, but the husband and wife duo of Bobby and Jean Davis have individually earned thanks from the university for their service.
Mrs. Davis, who recently completed her four-year term as Cookeville's mayor, spent much of her career in community health nursing with the Putnam County Health Department. In 1995, she retired as director of student health services at Tennessee Tech.
Her service includes being a member of the university's School of Nursing Foundation Board of Directors, chairing Putnam County's "911" Emergency Communications Board and participating on Cookeville Regional Medical Center's medical ethics committee.
Mr. Davis spent 38 years as owner and pharmacist of Medical Center Pharmacy and served as Cookeville's mayor from 1967-73. Under his leadership, the city purchased the Cane Creek Park property, constructed the Putnam County Library and developed its current water system.
He serves as a board member for Tennessee Tech's College of Business Administration Foundation and the Friends of the Library Foundation. He also serves on the Union Planters Bank board of directors and the Upper Cumberland Region Health Council.
Outstanding Service Award
Joseph Albrecht, who served as editor and publisher of the Herald-Citizen from 1976-1990, became a member of Tennessee Tech's College of Business Administration Foundation in 1979 and has continued to offer his leadership as a member of COBAF's executive committee and as chairman of several committees.
During the university's "Sharing the Vision" capital campaign, his work on the national steering committee and campaign task force contributed to the success of the first comprehensive university-wide capital campaign.
Now president and owner of Albrecht Newspapers, Inc. and current president of the Tennessee Press Association Foundation, Albrecht's community contributions have included serving Cookeville's Operation CityScape and the American Heart Association's Putnam County unit.
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
Sandra K. Dudley
Sandra Dudley, who earned her bachelor's in chemical engineering in 1985 and her doctorate in 1991, has packed an abundance of academic and professional excellence into her relatively young career.
As a principal development engineer at Eastman Chemical Co., Dudley manages the Innovation Office and is responsible for its initiatives, corporate measures and databases. Recently honored by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers as the state's 1998 Young Engineer of the Year, she also chairs the East Tennessee section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Dudley devotes time to MathCounts, a program that challenges 7th and 8th grade students to expand their education in math, science and engineering. She also volunteers her time to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the American Cancer Society, United Way and Girl Scouts.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Judith Jeffers Davis
Judith Jeffers Davis, a 1967 elementary education graduate, and her husband, Jerry, cofounded Computer Management Sciences, Inc., a nationwide consulting and software development business based in Jacksonville, Fla. From a three-person office, CMSI has grown to 15 locations and primarily serves Fortune 1000 companies and state government agencies.
Davis works as a travel consultant for Avenues Travel, a division of CMSI. A cancer survivor, she is active in the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program
In 1994, the Davis family established the Horace M. Jeffers Memorial Scholarship at Tennessee Tech in honor of Judy Davis' father.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
DeWitt Ezell Jr.
In his 36 years with BellSouth, and as president of BellSouth in Tennessee since 1990, DeWitt Ezell's positive influence has been felt in Nashville and across the entire state.
A 1960 electrical engineering graduate, Ezell returned to his native Nashville in 1962 and held a number of different engineering, regulatory and public relations positions at BellSouth in Tennessee and Alabama before becoming president.
Named the 1997 Outstanding Nashvillian by the Kiwanis Club, Ezell has served as chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and is currently chairman of the board of Leadership Nashville and co-chair of Tennessee Tomorrow.The 1994 Tennessee Tech Engineer of Distinction serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the United Way of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Sports Council and WDCN.