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Alumna or Alumnus of the Year Award

Celebrating our Alumni leaders

This award recognizes the alumna or alumnus who has contributed significantly to his or her profession, to his or her community, or to the College during the past year.

2016 Alumna of the Year Award

 Joni Harvey McLeod, Class of 1982 

The College of Charleston is in Joni McLeod’s DNA, as is teaching.  She comes from a long line of College of Charleston alumni, many of whom are teachers.  After graduating with a degree in English, McLeod taught English at Goose Creek High School and Academic Magnet before going to Cario Middle School. At Cario, she felt the school needed a drama department and set about to make that happen.  In the process, she learned she has a talent for motivating, inspiring and directing students. 

Each year, McLeod works with over 150 middle school students and their parents to give the students a rich, once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in musical theatre. She oversees all aspects of the production from costume design, sets, lighting, music, and choreography. This year, the CBS Dream Team chose McLeod as a Hidden Hero for their Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes program. 

The program searches for extraordinary acts of love and kindness by ordinary people who give their energy, time and hearts to others.  For the students of Cario Middle School, Joni McLeod has done that and more.  She has given them a chance to be part of something they will always remember. 

Alumna or Alumnus of the Year Award Past Recipients

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George C. Rogers, Jr. '43 *
Julius Burges '35 *
Patricia Carter '37 *
Richard H. Gadsden '50 *
Louise Mosimann Smith '41 *
Robert C. Heffron, Jr. '67 *
H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. '50
Glenn F. McConnell '69
Troy Cook '57 *
Bette Smith Griffith '56 *
Linda Schwartz Lombard '64
Charles V. Boykin '37 *
Benjamin H. Cheek '46 *
Jeanne Campbell Sink '75
Helen Bradham Furnans '63
Lu Parker '90
Edgar V. McKnight '53
Cheryll Novak Woods-Flowers '81
Jody L. Stallings '92
Dave J. Schlachter '72
Margaret E. Bridges '69
Laura Jenkins Thompson '77
Mary Eileen Leonard '45 *
Paul A. Sandifer '68
Stephanie Schwabe '90
John C. Lovell, III '90
Chandra Fripp Vick '74
Jeffery E. Kinard '77
Ron J. Menchaca '98
Callie Shell '83
Lucy Garrett Beckham '70 *
Kellie N. Bentz ‘04
John E. Alessi '98
Padgett Powell '74
Cary Ann Hearst '01
Nafees Bin Zafar '98
Joni Harvey McLeod '82
Evan Linder '04

* Deceased