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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.

2017 Distinguished Alumna Award

Stephanie B. Wheeler '03 

Stephanie Wheeler graduated from the College of Charleston Honors College with degrees in biology and theatre in 2003. She earned her master’s degree in public health at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2007 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and her PhD in health policy and management from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010. She then joined the faculty of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill and is now an associate professor with tenure in health policy and management.

Dr. Wheeler’s research is focused on understanding and improving cancer care quality, access, equity, and value. She is expert in, and teaches, economic, epidemiologic, and systems modeling to support better healthcare decisions. Her work has examined the comparative effectiveness of cancer screening interventions in vulnerable populations; disparities in treatment among cancer patients; financial toxicity of cancer treatment; and cost-effectiveness of various treatments and policies across clinical domains.  

Her work has led to more than $10 million in research funding, 87 peer-reviewed publications, and over 100 public presentations. Dr. Wheeler received the prestigious 2017 Early Career Public Health Research Award from the national Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health and the 2017 Hettleman Prize for Scholarly Achievement.

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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

 * Deceased