MTSU Announces 2022-23 Distinguished Alumni

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The Alumni Association will recognize recipients at Homecoming on October 14 and 15

Middle Tennessee State University again recognizes outstanding alumni who exemplify excellence and distinction through their professional careers, loyal support, and service to the broader community.

From 1960 to present, the MTSU Alumni Association has recognized accomplished alumni with the association’s highest honor: the Distinguished Alumni Award.

This year’s recipient is Katie Vance (Class of 2005) from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a partner and creative director of Powell Architecture + Building Studio, an award-winning architecture, interiors and construction firm in Nashville.

This year’s Young Alumni Achievement Award, given to a graduate 35 or younger making a positive impact in the world, goes to Tay Keith (Class of 2018) from Memphis, Tennessee. The Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter already has an impressive list of musical collaborations that includes Drake, Travis Scott, Beyonce, DJ Khaled and more.

For the ninth consecutive year, the True Blue Citations of Distinction are awarded. Categories include one for military service. This year’s winners include:

  • Achievement in Education (MTSU Faculty) -Alanna Vaught (Class of 2003), from Auburntown, Tennessee, faculty member at the School of Agriculture who was instrumental in launching a new Masters in Education program in the area of ​​leadership in agricultural education.
  • Achievement in Education (non-MTSU faculty) – Jackie Morgan (Class of 2008), of Rockvale, Tennessee, Senior Outreach Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta-Nashville Branch and recognized as an established communicator and proven leader in economic and financial matters strategy, policy, development and training in education.
  • University Service -Ed Arning (Class of 1978), of Murfreesboro, former director of sports information for MTSU who entered private industry before returning to university as director of two major projects in within the Marketing and Communications Division.
  • Community Service – Elveta Cooper (Classes of 1996 and 2000), of Nolensville, Tennessee, UPS area human resources manager who has been involved in numerous community organizations.
  • Military service—Brig. General Robert Powell (Class of 1991), of Summerville, South Carolina, U.S. Army cybersecurity expert, first Army Reserve cyber general and 17th general officer in over 50 years of MTSU program history ROTC.

“The Alumni Association is thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of seven talented graduates,” said Ginger Freeman, Director of the Office of Alumni Relations. “Their accomplishments show the extent of our graduates’ success, and we look forward to honoring and celebrating them as part of the homecoming festivities this year.”

“The addition of the military award in 2021 has expanded our opportunity to recognize those who have served or are currently serving our country.”

The Alumni Association will recognize them at several events during the MTSU reunion on October 14-15.

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