Piedmont award winners include, from left, Terry Hill,
Joe Piper, Lyndol Cain, and Steven Flynt.

Piedmont alumni tapped for honors

(Alumni Weekend Photos)

The Piedmont College Alumni Association singled out four graduates for special honors during the annual Alumni Weekend awards banquet April 16 in Demorest.

Lyndol Cain of Watkinsville earned the group’s Distinguished Alumni Award, while Dr. Steven W. Flynt of Lawrenceville picked up the Excellence in Education Award. Joe Piper of Gainesville took home the Alumni Service Award; and Terry L. Hill of Tallahassee, Fla., received this year’s “Pacesetter Award.”

Lyndol Cain, a member of the Class of 1953, played basketball and baseball at Piedmont, and after graduation he was a teacher and coach with the Jasper County School system in Monticello. He then served two years in the U.S. Army before returning to Jasper County until 1962. Cain then taught biology and coached basketball at Lithonia and Lakeside high schools before being named assistant principal at Henderson High School in 1967. From 1979 to 1973, he served as principal of Waycross City Schools. He was named the first director of the Northeast Georgia Cooperative Education Service Agency (RESA) from 1973 to 1988. A longtime member of the Oconee Lions Club, which named a student scholarship program for him, he has been twice named Lion of the Year for his community service.

Steven Flynt is a member of the Class of 1999 and received the “Excellence in Education” award for his work as a teacher, principal, and as an associate superintendent with the Gwinnett County School System. Flynt began his career in education as a junior high school science teacher in DeKalb County and then taught science for seven years at Dacula High School in Gwinnett. He was named assistant principal at Dacula in 2002, and in 2006 became principal of Peachtree Ridge High School. In 2008, Flynt was named an associate superintendent in Gwinnett, where he is responsible for program development, research and evaluation, principal training, academic support services and enrollment planning for some 130 county schools.

The Alumni Service Award was presented to Joe Piper of the Class of 1995 for his work as former president of the Alumni Association. Piper served as the association representative on the Piedmont Board of Trustees for two years and was then selected by the board to continue to serve. He is currently an independent consultant for AT&T in the area of Emergency 911 implementation and documentation.

The Pacesetter Award is given to young alumni who exhibit outstanding achievement early in their careers. This year’s recipient is Terry Hill of Tallahassee, Fla., a member of the Class of 2001. After graduating from Piedmont summa cum laude with a degree in business administration, Hill entered the Florida State University College of Law, earning three Book Awards, given to students with the highest grade in their class. While still in school, Hill accepted a position as administrator with The Florida Bar, the statewide professional and regulatory organizations for some 90,000 Florida attorneys.  In 2007 he was promoted to director of the programs division and leads 74 employees in six departments.

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