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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.

2022 Turman service award recipient

Lisa M. Carlson has spent the last three decades dedicating her life to public health and Emory University. She first came to Emory in 1992 as a first-generation college student and Woodruff Scholar. The effortless sense of community she found as a student has kept her rooted to the university. Carlson carries dual roles at Emory as an affiliated instructor at Rollins School of Public Health and executive administrator of research administration at the Emory School of Medicine. She has inspired hundreds of students to think critically about today’s public health issues while championing public health on the national level.

Carlson has served as president of the American Public Health Association and made history as the youngest president to be elected to the Georgia Public Health Association. She has made it her mission to serve Emory in a multitude of ways, from committees and boards to fundraising and individual giving. She was instrumental in the Seating the Future Campaign, which invited donors to invest in plaques for the auditorium seats in Claudia Nance Rollins Building. The campaign inspired 134 donors to give $33,500 in funding for the Rollins School of Public Health. 

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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