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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 Alumnus of the Year

Evan Linder, Class of 2004 

Evan Linder spent much of his time as a College of Charleston student in the Emmett Robinson Theatre and at the Pi Kappa Phi house.  His experiences as a theatre major prepared him well for his move to Chicago after graduation, and his time at the fraternity house led to an award-winning play, FRAT.  In Chicago, he became an integral part of the theatre community and co-founded The New Colony Theatre where he is the co-artistic director.  He also teaches playwriting at the University of Chicago. 

In January, Linder’s play, Byhalia, Mississippi, opened in Chicago, Memphis, Toronto and Charleston.  Readings from the play were staged in Birmingham, Boulder and Los Angeles. The play is an incredible examination of race in the 21st century and has garnered glowing reviews. Steppenwolf, one of Chicago’s premier theatre institutions has also performed the play this year. The play received six nominations at the 2016 Non-Equity Jeff Awards and Linder received the Jeff Award for Best New Work. Linder also made Chicago Magazine’s Power List of Theatre Scene Stealers.

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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