They are:

  • David “Jelly” Helm, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas R. Davidson, College of Business
  • Monroe E. Harris Jr., and Jill Bussey-Harris, School of Dentistry
  • Ella Simmons, College of Education and Human Development
  • Stephen T. Porter, School of Law
  • Dorothy E. Mitchell-Leef, School of Medicine
  • John D. Rommel, School of Music
  • Elizabeth Partin, School of Nursing
  • Maria C. Hernandez-Peck, Kent School of Social Work
  • Michael B. Biddle, Speed School of Engineering

The Board of Trustees Personnel Committee approved the appointments at its May 23 meeting. Alumni Fellow is the most prestigious honor the Alumni Association bestows. Recipients are invited to campus in the fall to share their expertise with students, faculty and staff.

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John Drees
John Drees is a 32-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As interim senior associate vice president/director of campus communication, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.