National Alumni Association to Award Top University Honors During Homecoming 2018

2018 Alumni Award Winners

MACON – Mercer University’s Alumni Association will award its top honors during the fourth annual Alumni Awards Dinner on Nov. 2 during Homecoming 2018.

The Alumni Association’s three annual University awards – the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Meritorious Service Award and Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumnus Award – are presented to individuals selected from an alumni base of almost 80,000 graduates and a large pool of other friends and supporters of the University.

John Peyton will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is given to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer who has served his/her profession in an outstanding manner, and in so doing, has brought honor to his/her person and the University. The award is presented for service to humanity and dedication, which have fostered the ideals of the University.

Peyton is a 1986 graduate of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts. He served as mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, from 2003 to 2011. He is currently the president of GATE Petroleum Company, one of the largest privately-held companies in Florida.

Curtis Lewis III will receive the Meritorious Service Award, which is presented to an alumna/alumnus of Mercer University who has demonstrated his/her support of the Alumni Association and the University through his/her contribution of time, talents and financial resources, or to a non-alum/friend of the University who has displayed uncommon loyalty and support to Mercer.

Lewis is a graduate of the University of Georgia and lives in Savannah, where he concentrates on his commercial real estate business and volunteer service to many nonprofit organizations, especially in the areas of medical education and access to health care. He serves on the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Savannah Board of Governors and on the University’s Board of Trustees.

Allison Harrison will receive the Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumna Award, which is presented to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer who has graduated within the past 10 years, is no more than 35 years of age, and has accomplished one or more of the following: has demonstrated continuous support of the Alumni Association and the University through contributions of time and/or gifts; has made outstanding contributions to a chosen profession; has achieved in such a way that he/she has brought great honor to the individual and the University; has demonstrated service and a commitment to the community; has fostered the ideals, goals and values of the University.

Harrison graduated from Mercer’s Stetson School of Business and Economics in 2014 with multiple academic and leadership-oriented accolades. She currently serves on Mercer’s Tift Alumnae Board of Directors. She is employed as a senior tax accountant with Ernst & Young in Atlanta.

Further details and registration information for the fourth annual Alumni Awards Dinner can be found at

About Mercer University’s National Alumni Association

Mercer University’s National Alumni Association is the umbrella organization that oversees the associations of Mercer’s 12 colleges/schools, which in turn represent the interests of almost 80,000 University graduates. Jill Kinsella, associate vice president for alumni services and a 1985 graduate of Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts, serves as executive director of the National Alumni Association.

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Kyle Sears