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Outstanding Alumni Awards Go to Four Making Impact on TTU, Cookeville, State

Published Friday Sep 27, 1996

The four Tennessee Technological University alumni selected to receive the university's Outstanding Alumni awards this year have each made a significant impact on the university, the local community and even the state. They will be honored at a reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4th, in the University Center Multipurpose Room.

U.L. "Tommy" Lynn Jr. and Margaret Prescott, both of Cookeville, are the recipients of Outstanding Service Awards. Outstanding Young Alumni Awards go to David G. Cooley and Stephanie Erwin Richardson, both of Nashville.

Tommy Lynn

Lynn's contributions to the community include numerous volunteer positions using his considerable experience in finance. Lynn spent over 40 years as a banker in Cookeville until he retired in 1994. He is past president of Tennessee Tech's Nursing Foundation, College of Business Administration Foundation and Agriculture Foundation, as well as the Independent Bankers of Tennessee.

Lynn has been a member of the Cookeville Rotary Club, the Cookeville Evening Lions Club, director of the Plateau Mental Health Center and a board member for both Pacesetters Inc. and Red Cross of Putnam County. He also served on the state American Association of Retired Persons' legislative committee.

In 1993, Lynn was named the "Pride of Putnam County" for his exceptional service to the area. He has also received the Outstanding Business Leadership Award from the university's College of Business Administration and the Boss of the Year Award from the Jaycees, among other distinctions.

Lynn began his college education at Tennessee Tech but got his teaching degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee. He is married to Jeannette Lynn and has two children, Pamela Ann Coonce and Thomas C. Lynn, both of whom are graduates of Tennessee Tech.

"Without a doubt, Tommy Lynn has made an outstanding impact on Tennessee Tech and will continue to do so in the future," said Chris Cox, executive director of the College of Business Administration Foundation, who nominated Lynn.

Margaret Prescott

Prescott was selected for the Outstanding Service Award based on her extensive activities in a variety of organizations. She has served as a board member for the Cookeville Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Tennessee Tech Faculty Women's Club, as well as board member and past president of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra Guild. She is a past president of the Cookeville Study Club, Cookeville Inner Wheel and Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional educators organization. She tutored international students for ten years and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church.

Prescott holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree from Tennessee Tech, where she has also taught English and worked as a librarian. As a student, she made her mark as the first woman president of the Associate Student Body (now the Student Government Association) and also served as editor of the Eagle, the annual yearbook, and president of the Tech Christian Association.

She went on to teach kindergarten and high school in Illinois, returned to Putnam County to teach at Tech Campus (elementary) School and was Putnam County Schools' supervisor of Instruction for K-12 for 16 years until she retired in 1985.

Prescott is married to Wallace Samuel Prescott, Tennessee Tech alumnus and former engineering professor, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. The couple has two daughters, Sara Penelope Hudgens and Marnie Walsh, both of whom are graduates of Tennessee Tech.

"Mrs. Prescott's many years of extraordinary service to Tennessee Tech, Cookeville and the state of Tennessee merit her recognition by this honor," said Marvin Barker, vice president of Academic Affairs at Tennessee Tech, who nominated Prescott for the award.

David Cooley

Outstanding Young Alumnus Cooley, a 1984 graduate of Tennessee Tech, is a partner in the Nashville firm McNeely Piggot and Fox Public Relations. Recently, he managed the successful "Vote Yes for Nashville" campaign to build a stadium in Nashville for the Houston Oilers. He also managed current Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen's campaign for the governor's seat and served as chief of staff to Mayor Bredesen.

Cooley is an active member of the Downtown Presbyterian Church and serves on the regional selection panel for four states for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He has also served on the finance committee of the Tennessee Environmental Council.

Cooley and his wife, Melanie, have four children, Jessica, Ben, Brooke and Brady. He also has a master's degree from the University of West Florida.

"At the age of 35, Cooley has already consulted on or managed more than 24 political campaigns," said Lee Wray, interim director of Alumni Relations at Tennessee Tech, who nominated Cooley. "His expertise and knowledge are looked to by political leaders and government officials in Nashville and throughout the state."

Stephanie Erwin Richardson

Outstanding Young Alumna Richardson, who holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from Tennessee Tech, now serves as a manager for Andersen Consulting in Nashville. In 1995, Richardson received the Andersen Consulting Peak Performer Award; she also coordinated the company's United Way office campaign for two years.

Richardson is an active member of the university's College of Business Administration Foundation, as well as the MBA Alumni Association, which she presided over for two years. She has also volunteered her time as an adult literacy tutor.

Richardson is married to David Richardson, also a Tennessee Tech graduate, and has one son, Will.

"Stephanie has been instrumental in the success of the MBA Alumni Association," said Cox, who nominated Richardson for the award. "She helped establish the MBA Alumni endowed scholarship, solicits annual scholarship support from alumni who have worked with Andersen Consulting, and interviews and recruits Tennessee Tech graduates for Andersen. She is very deserving of this award."

Everyone is invited to attend the awards reception, which marks the beginning of Homecoming weekend at Tennessee Tech. For more information about Homecoming events, call 372-3205.

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