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University recognizes outstanding alumni during annual celebration

Three outstanding alumni will be recognized at the University’s annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 10 during Homecoming celebrations.

Current TWU communications students have helped to share their stories to announce the winners.

Tennessee Wesleyan University Recognizes Dr. J. Price Foster
Dr. J. Price Foster honored with TWU Distinguished Alumni Award at Homecoming 2018

Athens, TN – Tennessee Wesleyan University is excited to be presenting the recipient of the Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus award at 2018’s Homecoming celebration the second week of November. The ceremony will be held at the Alumni Honors Banquet on Saturday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

The Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to those who have achieved significant personal success within their profession, church and community service, or service to the University. The recipient of this award is one who has furthered themselves greatly since their graduation from Wesleyan, and the perfect recipient for 2018’s award is Dr. J. Price Foster.

Dr. J. Price Foster graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1963 and went on to receive his masters and his Ph.D. in Criminology at Florida State University. He served as a Professor of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville from 1981 until his retirement in 2014. In addition to his teaching at the University of Louisville, he also served as Dean and Director of Justice Administration, Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs and University Liaison for the Urban Mission.

Prior to his work at the University of Louisville, Dr. Foster served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Education and Training, Director of the National Institute for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Deputy Director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. While in the U.S. Department of Justice, Dr. Foster was exemplary in donating his time and service to his profession. Dr. Foster was honored with several outstanding performance awards and Attorney General Citations to honor this service during his time there.

Dr. Foster is also a charter member and served ten years on the National Advisory Committee for State and Local Training of the Law Enforcement Training Center, U.S. Department of Treasury. He also served another ten years on the Board of Directors of the National Criminal Justice Association, and as a board member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

The University is honored to have Dr. J. Price Foster as an alumnus of Tennessee Wesleyan, and we are excited to announce his winning of the Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus Award at this 2018 Homecoming celebration in November. It is clear the dedication and service that Dr. Foster has given to his profession, and we are proud to have him as an alumnus of Tennessee Wesleyan University.

contributing writer, Leslie Arnold – senior communications major

Paul Willson receives the Friend of Wesleyan Award

About Paul Willson
Paul Willson has been a long-time friend and strategic banking partner of Tennessee Wesleyan University. Paul is the former President/ Chairman of Citizens National Bank with corporate offices in Athens, TN. He has served on the President’s Roundtable for the past six years providing counsel to the President and key staff regarding strategic program initiatives, capital and facility needs and much more.

He is also a member of the Goodfriend School of Business Advisory Council and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award Committee. Upon his retirement from banking, Paul has served as the Executive in Residence in the TWU Goodfriend School of Business. He has taught various classes in entrepreneurship and serves as a guest lecturer in a variety of business classes at TWU.

Paul is also a great ambassador and advocate for TWU in the community. Paul and his family are generous financial supporters of the university making gifts for a variety of projects and most recently as a lead donor to the Colloms Campus Center and new Center of Innovation.

About the Friend of Wesleyan Award
The Friend of Wesleyan Award was established in 1987 to recognize those who have given their time, talent, and resources to the University. The award will be given out at the Alumni Honors Banquet on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

contributing writer, Cameron Edison – senior communications major

Reggie Jackson To Receive Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
At Tennessee Wesleyan University

Athens, TN November 10, 2018 ‒ Chattanooga native Reggie Jackson is set to receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Tennessee Wesleyan University. A graduate of the 2010 class, Jackson was chosen for this award based on individual achievement within his profession, church, community service, or service to the university.

While at TWU, Jackson majored in exercise science with a minor in sports fitness management. He was a member of the 2008-2009 men’s basketball team, also working as a student assistant for both the cross country and men’s basketball teams. Post graduation, Jackson worked as an enrollment specialist in admissions.

Jackson currently works for On Point, a nonprofit youth development organization based in Chattanooga that reaches roughly 13,000 adolescents around the area. On Point teams up with schools and communities to facilitate positive growth in youth. Jackson’s role as life facilitator in the organization allows him to speak to students about positive and healthy relationships, avoiding risky behaviors, and making proper choices in everyday life. He is assigned to five inner-city schools, including three middle and two high schools. In addition to these achievements, this year Jackson is entering his second season as assistant basketball coach at Tyner Academy High School in Chattanooga.

TWU is proud to present this award to Jackson on Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 pm during the Alumni Awards Banquet. This event will be held in the Sherman Dining Hall at TWU.

contributing writer, Savannah Rymer – junior communications major