Centre College to honor distinguished alumni and Hall of Fame inductees
October 20, 2011 By Laura Coleman Pritchard
during Homecoming at 11:30 on Saturday, Oct. 22. Clockwise
from top left: Leslie A. Fugate ’02, Suzanne Wells Miell ’81,
Reginald “Reggie” Mudd ’75 and S. Kern Alexander ’61.
Centre College will honor four distinguished alumni and three Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony during this weekend’s Homecoming festivities at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Alumni Recognition Ceremony will take place in Weisiger Theatre.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees are S. Kern Alexander ’61, Suzanne Wells Miell ’81, Reginald “Reggie” Mudd ’75 and Leslie A. Fugate ’02. Hall of Fame inductees include William A. Kenyon ’86, Robert L. “Chief” Myers, Class of 1907, inducted posthumously, and Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74.
Alexander is currently a professor of education law and finance at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. He has served as president of both Western Kentucky University and Murray State University. An author, co-author or editor of 30 books, Alexander has served as a consultant and court expert in education litigation in 22 states.
Miell is president of the Event Works division at EWI Worldwide in Atlanta. She has more than 20 years of experience in global event planning and has worked with brands such as Intel, Google, Palm, GE and Nissan. She currently serves as co-chair for the Centre Club of Atlanta.
Mudd is the owner and manager of Mudd Properties, a real estate development firm in Gallatin, Tenn. He retired as chief operations officer for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store after 15 years of service. In 2011, Mudd was selected as Rotarian of the Year.
Fugate currently serves as executive vice president and chief operations officer for the Center for Rural Development. Prior to this post, he was deputy assistant secretary of state in the office of former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. In 2007, Fugate received the Jennifer Schaaf Memorial Award for excellence in government communications from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kenyon established a new modern-day record for the Colonels in 1983 when he gained 1,161 rushing yards. During the same season, he finished sixth in the nation in both rushing average and scoring. He was a two-time all-conference most valuable offensive player, leading the Colonels to three consecutive conference championships. He still holds the career record for rushing average and is tied for the most rushing touchdowns — four — in a single game.
Myers, who served as Centre’s athletic director from 1916-1925, is recognized as the architect of the famed Praying Colonels football teams of the early 20th century. During his tenure, he envisioned Centre as a national football power and then hired the coach and recruited the players to see his dream to fruition. Myers later served as the College’s general secretary, with responsibility for the alumni and admission programs.
During his career as a student at Centre, Powell — now a world renowned glass artist and professor at the College — was a three sport athlete. In addition to playing basketball and soccer, he especially excelled at tennis, entering Centre as a top-ranked player and playing #1 singles for four seasons. Powell also was tennis team captain for three years.
In 1963, the Centre College Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award to honor alumni who have given outstanding service to the College and/or to humankind. The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize athletes, coaches, trainers and managers who have made significant accomplishments in athletics during their time at Centre.
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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 24th among all the nation's colleges and universities and has named Centre No. 1 among all institutions of higher education in the South for two years in a row. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, click here.