Turman Alumni Service Award

Recipients of the J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award are selected by the Nominating and Leadership Committee of the Emory Alumni Board based upon one or more of the following criteria:  

Turman Recipients

Unless there is a compelling reason to select more than one recipient (for example, a couple whose achievements are difficult to distinguish from one another), one Turman award winner is chosen each year. All recipients are expected to participate in a ceremony honoring the Turman award winner.

The Ceremony


Typically, the Turman award dinner is held in the spring at Emory. This celebration includes members of the Turman family, previous winners, alumni, faculty/staff members, and Emory students. A cocktail reception for Turman family members and current and past award recipients takes place prior to the dinner.

Monetary Award Designation


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 an Emory program, school, or division of the recipient's choosing. The direction of the gift shall be made in consultation with a designated staff member from the Office of Development and University Relations and appropriate deans and directors. The gift may be made to either academic or nonacademic programs, but must be directed in its entirety to a single entity with a valid account number within Emory. Social fraternities or sororities, student organizations without a permanent staff advisor, club sports organizations, and individual students, faculty, or staff members may not be designated recipients of the monetary award. In the event that two Turman award recipients are selected, each will designate half of the $25,000, unless they agree the entire gift should be directed to one entity.

2014 J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award Recipient


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