Organized in 1882, our Alumni Association is one of the oldest in the country with approximately 15,000 members.

Every semester there are opportunities for you to get involved with recruitment, mentoring, scholarships, hosting local events, campus activities, and more.

Contact us at 803.786.3015 or email ccalum@stronghearing.com.

Alumni Association Leadership

Meet the Executive Committee

  • Nan Cannon LaFitte ’87 | President  
  • Kristin Wilson ’17 | President-Elect 
  • Jamesha Shackerford ’15 | Vice President 
  • Tiffany Sprinkle Hornsby ’94 | Secretary 
  • Melanie Swann Parker '87 | Necrologist 
  • Tonya Green’94 | Member-at-Large
  • Sarah Faulds Hopkins '09 | Member-at-Large
  • Mary Jon Barrineau '06 | Member-at-Large
  • Sara Snell Whitaker ‘99  | Immediate Past President 
Meet the Alumni Council

Anna Lybrand Boyle ’65
Charlotte Stackhouse Broome ’75
Carolyn Washington Brown ’89
Nancy Burch Bunch ’72
Judy Jones Cannon ’74
Nancy Vaughn Coombs ’73
Janet Alexander Cotter ’56
MaryAnn Smith Crews ’59
Lucinda Edwards Daniels ’60
Shanitra Singleton Deas ’05
Carol Cook Duggan ’68
Linda Jones DuRant ’68
Elaine Kirby Ferraro ’70
Lisa Kennerly Fusco ’91
Lucy Crumpton Gordon ’61
Peggy Huggins Gunnells ’65
Carol Stackhouse Hall ’74
Anne Turner Harrell ’57
Jewell Powell Hill ’60
Frances Shelley Hill ’70
Valerie Krueger Hite ’07
Tiffany Sprinkle Hornsby ’94
Carole Dunaway Howell ’75
Jamila Harrington Hudley ’99
Jane Douglass Manning Hyatt ’65
Lera Williams Jackson ’97
Claire Mullen Kinney ’73
Crissie Miller Kirby ’00
Lyn Anne Dallas Knudsen ’80
Nan Cannon LaFitte ’87
Wannelle Witt Lefkowitz ’70
Kathy Graham Leland ’67
Becky Fowler Lumpkin ’04
Laura Lundeen ’08
Janice Kay Martin ’60
Jenny McCulloch ’74
Margie Mitchell ’83
Emil Burns Mitchell ’84
Carla Lewis Moore ’94
Cathy Whitaker Neeley ’71
Amber Nix ’10
Ruth Anne Reeves O'Cain ’94
Meg Ward Pace ’62
Mary Ann Reeves Phillips ’56
Kappy Price ’93
Lauren Riley Puffenbarger ’97
Becky Baker Pugh ’62
Anne Kizer Reeves ’63
Amy Long Ruple ’08
Jamesha Shackerford ’15
Candy Crane Shuler ’73
Kara Simmons ’10
Linda Sue Neal Smith ’64
Sara Snell Whitaker ’99
Amy Sugibayashi ’08
Rebecca Glover Swanson ’57
Heather Siegfried Turner ’08
Carol Vaughn ’71
Ryan Easterling Vied ’92
Suzie Chaplin Wattenbarger ’69
Helen West ’87
Kay Daniels West ’97
Patst Cave Whitaker ’55
Kristin Wilson ’17
Rebecca Phillips Wooten ’04
Pal Crenshaw Wrenn ’56
Bootsie Harvie Wynne ’83
Joan Vaughan Young ’56

Alumni Association Awards

Each year the Alumni Association recognizes four deserving graduates for their distinguished service to Columbia College and the community at-large, as well as for any outstanding achievements in their chosen professions.

All Columbia College alumni are invited to submit nominations for the following Alumni Association Awards:

Distinguished Service Award

Nancy Burch Bunch ‘72

Given to an alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional character and service to Columbia College, their church, their community, and their family.

Career Achievement Award

Kaymani “Kay” Daniels West ‘97

Given to an alumnus who has distinguished themselves and Columbia College by outstanding accomplishments in their career field.

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award

Vivia Lawton Fowler ‘76

Given to an alumnus who has distinguished themselves and Columbia College through outstanding achievements in the field of education.

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Kristin Wilson ‘17

Given to an alumnus who is 35 years old or younger and who provides exceptional service to Columbia College through their gifts of time, talent, and financial support.

Alumni Award Recipients

2023 Recipients

Distinguished Service Award - Nancy Burch Bunch ‘72

Career Achievement Award - Kaymani “Kay” Daniels West ‘97

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award - Vivia Lawton Fowler ‘76

Outstanding Young Alumna Award - Kristin Wilson ‘17

2022 Recipients

Career Achievement Award Cathy Shields '71

Distinguished Service Award Tonya Tisdale Green '94 

Outstanding Young Alumna Award Jamesha Shackerford '15

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award Ann White '76 and Tiffany Williams Blessingame '00

2021 Recipients

Career Achievement Award Beth Roberts Baxley '84

Distinguished Service Award Carol Stackhouse Hall '74 

Outstanding Young Alumna Award Sarah Faulds Hopkins '09

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award Tamekia Ford M '13

2020 Recipients

Career Achievement Award Dr. Patricia Bouknight

Distinguished Service Award Janice Griffin 

Outstanding Young Alumna Award Dr. Emelin Garcia Nieto

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award Dr. Amber Heape

2019 Recipients

Career Achievement Award – Dr. Sandra Rouse

Outstanding Young Alumna Award – Kendra Snipe and Fatima Zeidan Dunbar

Distinguished Service Award Charlotte Stackhouse Broome

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award – Dr. Marla Sanders

2018 Recipients

Career Achievement Award – Jenn Colella ’96

Outstanding Young Alumna Award – Kara Simmons ’10

Distinguished Service Award – Linda Jones DuRant '68

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award – Dr. Zelphine Smith Dixon ’96

2017 Recipients

Career Achievement Award – Dr. Sally Cobb Krisel ’76

Outstanding Young Alumna Award – Marina Emory Fulton ’09

Distinguished Service Award – Lucy Crumpton Gordon ’61

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award – Beth Thomas Elliott ’77

2016 Recipients

Distinguished Service Award – Marsha Steele Moore ’70

Career Achievement Award – Kathy Aughtry Randall ’73

Outstanding Young Alumna Award – Omotola “Tola” (Akinsola) Seun-Adeyemi ’12

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award – Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Phibbs ’77

2015 Recipients

Distinguished Service Award – Judy Jones Cannon ’74

Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award – Dr. Peggy Stafford Parker ’70

Career Achievement Award – Dr. Regina Lemmon ’97

Outstanding Young Alumna Award – Ginny Skinner Haynes ’01