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J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award


Our alumni volunteers make us shine. The J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service award goes to an alumnus/a who demonstrates exceptional volunteer leadership.

What makes a Turman award winner? The recipient fits one or more of the following traits:

  • Extraordinary service to Emory through alumni organizations, regional clubs, class programs, and other related groups
  • Leadership roles through the Office of Alumni Engagement; develops and enhances alumni activities
  • Volunteering time and expertise through service on behalf of Emory

We want to thank the alumni who volunteer so generously, so please nominate an alumnus for the award.

Recipients of the J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award are selected by the Nominating and Leadership Committee of the Emory Alumni Board.

The Tull Foundation Gift

The Tull Foundation will make a gift of $25,000 to Emory in honor of the Turman award recipient. This designation can be directed to any Emory program, school, division, or any combination of the above, of the recipient's choosing. The direction of the gift shall be made in consultation with a designated staff member from the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement and appropriate deans and directors. The gift may be made to either academic or nonacademic programs. Social fraternities or sororities, student organizations without a permanent staff adviser, club sports organizations, and individual students, faculty, or staff members may not be designated recipients of the monetary award.

2023 Turman service award recipient

Chinonyerem “Chi Chi” Okezie 98Ox 00C

Born to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Chi Chi Okezie has had a lifelong interest in learning languages and experiencing diverse cultures. Okezie is the owner and producer of SIMPLEnetworking, LLC in Atlanta, specializing in business networking, diversity, and inclusion. She works with university students, professionals, and companies to help them polish their professional approach.

A tremendous advocate for Emory and Oxford College, she has served on committees, organized reunion activities, and mentored students. She was a member of the Emory Alumni Board from 2009 to 2014, chairing the Initiatives Committee and served two years as an alumni counselor on the Board of Trustees’ Campus Life Committee from 2019 to 2022. Currently, Okezie is on the Board of Counselors for Oxford College as well as a part of Alumnae and Women of Emory.

2010
TOMMY OWENS 59OX 61C 65D

2009
SALLY LEHR 65N 76MN

2008
PHILIP SYNG REESE 66C 76MBA 76L

2007
WILLIAM L. NORTON JR. 42OX 48C 50L

2006
RENELDA MACK 83C

2005
KENNETH MURRAH 55C 58L

2004
J. DAVIDSON PORTER 85C
LIHONG DANGELO 89PHD

2003
THE REVEREND SAMUEL M. CLARK JR. 54C
ELEANOR RIDLEY 74L

2002
BEVERLY ALLEN 68C
TOM BRODNAX 65OX 68C

2001
GLORIA BOWDEN 74C
PAUL MCLARTY 63C 66L

2000
INA THOMPSON 61OX 63C
JOHN INMAN JR. 42C 45M 52MR

1999
JULIANA M. WINTERS 77L
PAUL ANDERSON, SR. 38C 40L

1998
MARVIN HARDY III 61OX 63C 66L
PAM PRYOR 69C 70G

Nominate the next recipient

Do you know a top-notch alumni volunteer? The J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer leadership.

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