Alumni Association presents annual Homecoming awards
The Citadel Alumni Association presented its annual awards today recognizing the contributions of alumni and others to the Military College of South Carolina. The awards are presented annually during Homecoming activities.
“The Citadel Alumni Association honors those alumni that have served their community, state, and country with recognition at Homecoming,” said Director Mike Rogers. “The Citadel strives to educate principled leaders and instill in them our core values of honor, duty and respect. These alumni we honor today have exercised these core values and set examples for others to follow. “
Honorary Life Member
Dennis Fallon, former dean of The Citadel School of Engineering, is The Citadel Alumni Association Honorary Life Member for 2011. Honorary life membership is awarded to a non-Citadel graduates that have distinguished themselves in service to the college. Fallon’s vision of a first class engineering school and total devotion to his students has propelled the college’s engineering school into the elite ranks of such schools nationwide. A Charleston resident, Fallon is credited with helping lead the engineering school to its national No. 21 ranking by U.S. News and World Report.
Alumnus of the Year
Eric M. Bailey, CEO of NeuroLogica Corp. in Danvers, Mass., is the recipient of this year’s Alumnus of the Year in honor of his vision and ingenuity in developing imaging technology. Bailey graduated in 1984 after studying electrical engineering and was commissioned in the Air Force where he served for four years. Afterward, he pursued a career as an electrical engineer working for Northrop Grunman and then Analogic Corp., where he led a team to develop the first multi-slice CT scanner used in airports to scan luggage. He left Analogic and formed NeuroLogica, which developed the first portable head CT scanner. This innovation is credited for saving thousands of lives worldwide. Bailey continues his dream of developing new medical devices for life saving purposes and his company is considered one of the finest imaging companies in the world.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Dan Johnson, Class of ’93 of Columbia, S.C., is the Young Alumnus of the Year, having distinguished himself through his service to country and community. After graduating from The Citadel, he received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1997 and later served as chief deputy and general counsel for the Richland County Sherriff’s Department. He also served as special city prosecutor for the city of Columbia. He is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a member of the Judge Advocate Corps, having served in Iraq and Korea. Johnson was elected 5th Circuit Solicitor in 2010 and teaches as an adjunct professor at the USC Law School. In 1993, at the age of 22, Johnson was awarded The Order of The Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian award, for his involvement at the local level in the Domestic Abuse Center and the Youth Corps.
District Director of the Year
The District Director of the Year is Luke Hardaway, Class of 2001 of Simpsonville, S.C., for the energy and devotion he has dedicated as director for District 4, which includes several upstate South Carolina counties. In addition to his role as director, Hardaway was also president of the Greenville Citadel Club. Once again, Greenville was a Gold Star Club as were two other clubs in his district thanks in large part to his organizational and scheduling abilities.
Club President of the Year
Andy Frey of Atlanta, Ga., Class of 2005, is the CAA’s Club President of the Year. Frey’s emphasis on outreach to alumni, cadets and community and innovative ideas, have greatly improved The Citadel’s reputation in the Atlanta area. His club has engaged Citadel alumni in community outreach programs, job fairs and mentoring opportunities.
Alumni Club of the Year
The Citadel Club of Greater Columbia, S.C., under the leadership of Jason Reynolds, Class of 2002, has consistently achieved Gold Star status every year for last nine years. Only four of the 100 Citadel clubs has achieved this distinction. Gold Star status for Citadel Clubs requires a club to meet or exceed 10 different standards as established by the alumni association. Columbia met and exceeded those standards through efforts to increase its membership, raise scholarship money, engage in student recruitment and act as ambassadors of the college.