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Distinguished Alumna or Alumnus Award

Celebrating our alumni leaders

This award was established in 1983 to recognize those alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions or to their communities over a long period of time, and thus reflected very favorably on the College of Charleston.

2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Roland A. Cruickshank ’94 

The College of Charleston changed the life of Roland Cruickshank and that of his family. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, he received a scholarship to play basketball for the legendary John Kresse at the College of Charleston, and was soon followed by his two sisters, Aisha Cruickshank Singletary ’00, and Dimsoy Cruickshank ’02. A political science major at the College, Cruickshank learned the value of team work on the basketball court and played in the 1994 NCAA tournament. He also learned how to build relationships that respected and celebrated other cultures while a student at the College. After graduation, he earned his master of health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and a master of public administration from the University of South Carolina.

His career in healthcare administration has taken him from Georgia to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas over the past 20 years. In 2018, he was named president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Healthcare system. Cruickshank is known as a dynamic and talented leader who enables top quality patient care and outstanding financial results in a complex healthcare system. He considers leadership in a faith-based healthcare system a calling and has a passion for ensuring access to high-quality healthcare for all.

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Pierrine Smith Byrd '22 *
Willard N. Hirsch '24 *
F. Mitchell Johnson '37*
Gus H. Pearlman '33 *
John Arthur Siegling '28 *
Louis E. Condon '50 *
George B. Buell '22 *
Paul M. Macmillan '03 * 
Frances Smythe Edmunds '39*
Carl J. Likes '37 *
James B. Edwards '50 *
Richard H. Gadsden '50 *
C. Desmond Koster '43 *
E. Lawrence Powers '38 *
Richard F. Dame '64 *
Myrtle Craver Riggs '46 *
Frank W. Ryan '40
Margaret Virginia Smith Townsend '40 *
Frances Gooding Buell '24 *
William H. Grimball '38 *
John A. Hamrick '37 *
Solomon Breibart '36 *
Louis D. Rubin '44 *
Hall T. McGee, Jr. '35 *
Angelo Peter Creticos '42 *
Peter C. Gazes '42
H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. '50 
Suzanne Fair McCall '79
Marjorie E. Peale '36 *
David A. Caldwell '76
Anne Bellinger Villeponteaux '58 *
William E. McLeod '06 *
Nadine Orsoff Vogel '85
Jeanne Fowler Stiglbauer '76
R. Keith Sauls '90
Jean Rouse Spell '58
James F. Hightower '82
Joseph W. Cabaniss '47
H. Davis Adkisson IV '84
Morris D. Rosen '42 *
Arlinda F. Locklear '73
Charles T. (Bud) Ferillo, Jr. '72
Sharon Brock Kingman '80
Neil W. Draisin ‘65
Mel Marvin '62
George B. Rabb '51 *
Mariana Ramsay Hay '82
Brucie Howe Hendricks '83
Michelle Asha Cooper '95
Stephanie B. Wheeler '03
2018 Patricia Ricketts Scarafile ’66

 * Deceased