Alumni Association honors three for distinguished careers or service

The Appalachian Alumni Association honored the cofounder of an international company, an executive at Lowe’s Companies Inc. and a retired collegiate athletics director at its annual Alumni Awards Gala June 7, 2014, on campus.

The men were honored for distinguished careers or service to Appalachian State University. Chancellor Kenneth E. and Rosanne Peacock were also honored, with the Appalachian Medallion for their 31 years of dedicated service to the university.

Young Alumni Award

Preston B. Powell ’01 cofounded the privately held MOAM Group Inc. with offices in Indonesia, China, Hong Kong and North Carolina. An advocate of international experiences, he has created opportunities for Appalachian State University students through his gifts of time and resources.

This award honors individuals under age 40 for their exceptional service to the university and career accomplishments.

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Outstanding Service Award

Marshall A. Croom ’86 is chief risk officer for Lowe’s Companies Inc. He has served as a mentor for students through the Walker College of Business’s Executive Mentoring Program and panelist for the Martha Guy Institute. He also has supported scholarships, Yosef Club and 2011 Solar Decathlon. The Marshall A. Croom Student Services Center on campus bears his name.

This award recognizes individuals for their exceptional service to the university.

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Distinguished Alumni Award

L. Oval Jaynes ’62 had a nearly 50-year career in athletics – from high school coach in Charlotte to director of athletics at Jacksonville State University. His service with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, American Football Coaches Association and other organizations shaped the nation’s collegiate athletics, while his community service improved the lives of many.

This award honors a graduate who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her career and demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership in the community.

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Appalachian Medallion

Chancellor Kenneth E. and Mrs. Rosanne Peacock each received the Appalachian Medallion, the highest honor conferred by the university, for their 31 years of service.

The medallion is presented selectively to individuals demonstrating commitment and significant service to Appalachian. Recipients have earned both the individual and collective respect and admiration of the university community.

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