UCA Alumni Awards

UCA Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the most prestigious award presented to an alumnus of the University of Central Arkansas.

“A Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Central Arkansas is recognized for outstanding contribution to the University, community, state or society; outstanding achievement in a particular field of endeavor; possessing a reputation that enhances the reputation of the University and serves as an example to UCA students; and contributing to the goals or the welfare of the University.”

Past Winners

  • 2013 – Terry Pillow & Dr. Joe D. Allison
  • 2012 – Sen. Stanley Russ & Mr. James Bridges
  • 2011 – Melvin Ralph Carruth & Dr. Jefferson D. Farris
  • 2010 – Tom Bonner
  • 2008 – Will Counts & Steve Sanderson
  • 2007 – Rush F. Harding III
  • 2006 – Raymond Joseph Simon
  • 2005 – Dr. A. Wesley Burks
  • 2004 – Bill Stiritz & D.R. Horton
  • 2003 – Johnelle DeBusk Hunt
  • 2001 – Dr. William Turner Harris
  • 2000 – Robert D. Nabholz
  • 1999 – Monte Coleman
  • 1998 -Carol Rasco
  • 1997 – Ambassador James Richard Cheek
  • 1996 – Scottie Pippen
  • 1995 – Wayne Cranford
  • 1994 – Dr. J. Donald “Don” Mashburn
  • 1993 – Robert A. Poteete
  • 1992 – Arch Ford
  • 1991 – Dr. Justin Williams
  • 1990 – Dr. Mary Good
  • 1989 – Silas Snow
  • 1988 – Dee Brown
  • 1987 – Sheffield Nelson
  • 1986 – Jimmy Driftwood

UCA Alumni Service Award Recipients

In 2007, the UCA Alumni Service Award was established to honor an individual or couple, who through their deeds or actions, reflect and recognize the importance of the UCA Alumni Association and demonstrate extraordinary commitment, dedication, service and loyalty to the UCA Alumni Association.

  • 2013 – Patsy Newton
  • 2012 – Karen Sullards
  • 2011 – Dr. Audie J. Lynch
  • 2010 – Mickey Prince
  • 2009 – David Grimes
  • 2008- Jo Nell Lowry
  • 2007 – Bill Plummer