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Nominations Open for 2015 Alumni Awards


The MU Alumni Association has updated its awards process with two new awards this year along with new forms. Nominations are accepted until March 31 for the 2015 awards. For more information check out the awards descriptions and nomination forms below:

Distinguished Alumni Award - Outstanding career achievement and service of the highest order to his or her community [Nomination Form]


Distinguished Young Alumni Award - Must have graduated within the last 10 years. Outstanding voluntary or other public service on a local, state, national, or global level. [Nomination Form]


Outstanding Alumni Service Award - Outstanding service and dedication to Methodist University Alumni Association [Nomination Form]


Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award - Must have demonstrated a high level of accomplishment within his or her official duties to Methodist University [Nomination Form]


Philanthropist Award - Must have provided outstanding and generous financial support to Methodist University [Nomination Form]




Alumni Awards on Homecoming Weekend 2014


L to R: Rev. Dr. Jerry Jackson '75, President, MU Alumni Association; Jerry Keen '65, Outstanding Alumni Service Award; Linda Huff '74, Distinguished Alumni Award; Dean William Walker, Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award; Howard Hudson '69, Outstanding Alumni Service Award; Dr. Ben E. Hancock, Jr., Methodist University President.

Methodist University Distinguished Alumni Award


In 2012, Linda Huff ’74 received the MU Center for Entrepreneurship’s (CFE) Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The former Hoke County music teacher saw her career turn from notes to nails, when in 1993, she entered the business world by joining her husband, Ralph, at H&H Homes. She is now president and owner of the business, which has 60 employees and sold 420 single-family homes in the Fayetteville and Jacksonville markets in 2011, when Home Builder Magazine named it the 51st-largest homebuilding company in the nation. She and her husband Ralph were the recipients of the 2004 CFE Small Business Award. She was appointed to the Methodist University Board of Trustees in 2012 and serves on the Development and Building and Grounds Committees. She serves on the National Campaign Committee for the Capital Campaign, Building Excellence.

Click here to view a list of past recipients.

Methodist University Outstanding Alumni Service Awards

Samuel Howard Hudson, III ’69 was a multi-sport athlete, a dorm council leader, and a residence hall officer while he studied Business Administration at Methodist. After graduation, Howard went to work for the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. In 1976 he and his family went into business, opening Hudson Hardware in Garner, N.C., and went on to open a second store in Clayton, N.C. He retired from the position of CEO and President of Hudson Hardware in 2002. Since then he has served as a communications specialist with Raytheon, Inc. His volunteer work includes 35 years as a volunteer EMT and ERT with the Garner EMS and Rescue Squad; serving as President of the Administrative Board of Garner United Methodist Church; and many productive years as President of the Monarch Booster Club. He and his wife Wanda have two children, Samuel Howard Hudson, IV, a 1996 MU alumnus; and daughter, Kristina Hudson Foushee.


Jerry A. Keen ’65 was among the first residential students at the new Methodist College. After graduation, he began his career at family-owned Johnson-Sherman Co. in Goldsboro, N.C., as a traveling salesman. In 1966 he joined the U.S. Navy and served until 1970. In 1968, Jerry married Dorothy Sullivan. He rejoined Johnson-Sherman Co. as Service Manager after his stint with the Navy. Soon, he became a partner and was able to purchase Mr. Sherman’s stock, and eventually gained ownership of Dr. Robert Johnson’s Stock. Jerry has always loved Methodist University and he and Dottie are frequently in attendance at Homecoming and other university events. Jerry has served on the Alumni Board, was secretary of the Board of Visitors, and has served on the Board of Trustees for 21 years. Jerry is a member of the Endowment and Planned Giving Societies. He has supported all campaigns and many other calls for support of Methodist. In December of 2009, Jerry and Dottie moved to Burlington, N.C. to be close to family. They have two daughters, Shannon and Kelly, their husbands, and two grandchildren. Jerry continues to operate Johnson-Sherman Co. and frequently commutes from Burlington to Goldsboro and throughout the southeast.

Click here to view a list of past recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Service Award.

Methodist University Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty/Staff Awards

Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Dean William H. Walker came to Methodist in 1997 as the Director of Residence Life. In 1999, he was promoted to the Associate Dean of Students position, where he served for twelve years. After a national search in 2011, Mr. Walker was selected to become the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. With nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, Dean Walker is the chief student affairs officer for the university and serves on the president’s cabinet. He is responsible for all aspects of student life, including 11 departments that provide student services and co-curricular programs for student development and engagement. These services and programs range from residence life to health and counseling services to career services and public safety. Dean Walker earned his B.A. from Elon University and his master’s in student development from Appalachian State University. Dean Walker is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. He is married, and he is also the pastor of a local church.

Click here to view a list of past recipients.

Nominations now being accepted for 2015!

If you would like to nominate a fellow classmate or faculty/staff member for one of the awards to be presented at Homecoming 2015, you can download a nomination form HERE.  Please e-mail the completed form to the or fax to (910) 630-7683, or mail to the address below.

Methodist University
Office of Alumni Affairs
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Deadline for 2014 nominations is March 30, 2014. The Alumni board will review the submissions and make their selection at the April board meeting.

Other Awards Honoring Alumni

Economic and Business Alumnus of the Year: Presented in the fall during the Economic Outlook Symposium

Athletic Hall of Fame
Presented during Homecoming.