2020 E&H Distinguished Alumni Awards Announced

by Monica Hoel
In lieu of Founders Day being canceled, we are working to find a way to celebrate and honor our award winners in other ways at later date.

In February 2020, the E&H Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Committee met to choose the 2020 recipients of our annually presented alumni awards. 

This year’s honorees are as follows: 

The Rev. Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award: Kris Sheets ’02

Kris was chosen for the award because of the selfless community service she practices for the community of Saltville.  She is Branch Supervisor of the Saltville Public Library, and serves with a host of community leadership organizations.

Distinguished Achievement Award: Harold Craw ’99

Harold was chosen for his distinctive work as an executive in minor league baseball.He is the general manager for the Jacksonsville Jumbo Shrimp and in 2017 he became the first African American to be named Executive of the Year for any league in Minor League Baseball. 

Fred Selfe Service to Emory & Henry Award: Bobbie Frentz Larkins ’03

Bobbie was chosen for this award in recognition of her commitment to making real-world work connections for E&H students.

A.L. Mitchell Young Alumnus Award:  Josh Stamper ’07

Josh is assistant principal at Virginia Middle School and has recently published a book that is helping explain the Trauma Informed Care movement in our public schools. The book is entitled, Ugly Me.

James A. Davis Faculty Award:  Dr. Lou Fincher

Dr. Fincher was chosen for her success in establishing the E&H School of Health Sciences as an important partner in health care in our region.


College Citations

Anita T. Coulthard, in recognition of her accomplishments as a talented performer, director, administrator, and advocate for the visual and performing arts at the College and throughout the region.

Bishop Richard C. Looney, Class of 1954, for his extraordinary leadership in The United Methodist Church and for his lifelong commitment to Christian discipleship and ministry.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2905-a-family-story-that-keeps-love-alive"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/396,0,2796,2400/13921_IMG-5111.rev.1683043365.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/396,0,2796,2400/13921_IMG-5111.rev.1683043365.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/396,0,2796,2400/13921_IMG-5111.rev.1683043365.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/396,0,2796,2400/13921_IMG-5111.rev.1683043365.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/396,0,2796,2400/13921_IMG-5111.rev.1683043365.jpg" alt="Older gentleman with granddaughter smiling in a radio studio." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/396,0,2796,2400/13921_IMG-5111.rev.1683043365.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/396,0,2796,2400/13921_IMG-5111.rev.1683043365.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2400" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2905-a-family-story-that-keeps-love-alive">A Family Story That Keeps Love Alive</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Davis Ward came by the WEHC studios recently with his granddaughter Melany – and they told a story that has been passed down for almost 200 years.</p><a href="/live/news/2905-a-family-story-that-keeps-love-alive" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2949-bringing-back-lacrosse-to-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/220,2,636,418/13992_38852.rev.1685473543.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/220,2,636,418/13992_38852.rev.1685473543.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/220,2,636,418/13992_38852.rev.1685473543.jpg" alt="Old photo of guys playing lacrosse" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="416" data-max-h="416" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2949-bringing-back-lacrosse-to-emory-henry">“Bringing Back” Lacrosse to Emory & Henry</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> When Emory & Henry announced in 2023 that the college was adding lacrosse to their athletics lineup, there were a handful of alumni who corrected the word “adding” to “bringing back.”</p><a href="/live/news/2949-bringing-back-lacrosse-to-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2289-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-emily-bunn"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,382,382/11077_Picture2.rev.1648651634.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,382,382/11077_Picture2.rev.1648651634.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,382,382/11077_Picture2.rev.1648651634.jpg" alt="Austin Bunn E&H Class of 2014" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="382" data-max-h="382" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2289-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-emily-bunn">E&H Mass Comm Student Story: Emily Bunn spotlights Austin Bunn and their shared E&H legacy</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><em>This is part of a series of stories by members of the 2022 E&H Mass Comm 302 Class.<br/><br/></em>Home is where your family is: and for Austin Bunn (’14) that place was his college. <strong><br/><br/></strong> <a href="/live/news/2289-eamph-mass-comm-student-story-emily-bunn" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2782-dr-rosemary-gray-honored-with-2023-carl-and-ruth"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,18,200,218/13443_Rosemary_Gray.rev.1677542353.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,18,200,218/13443_Rosemary_Gray.rev.1677542353.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,18,200,218/13443_Rosemary_Gray.rev.1677542353.jpg" alt="Smiling woman" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="200" data-max-h="200" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2782-dr-rosemary-gray-honored-with-2023-carl-and-ruth">Dr. Rosemary Gray Honored with 2023 Carl and Ruth Looney Humanitarian Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p>This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated special service in a volunteer or professional manner, has made unusual personal sacrifice, or has shown a long and dedicated commitment to service that benefits humanity. <em>This award is named for Rev. Carl and Ruth Looney and their family who excelled at using humble means to achieve amazing service.</em></p><a href="/live/news/2782-dr-rosemary-gray-honored-with-2023-carl-and-ruth" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>