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Alumni Awards

Know of a classmate who is doing great things? What about that alumnus who is an exemplary educator? Does anyone come to mind as a shooting star rising to the top of his or her career? Nominate a classmate or student today and submit supporting materials to the link provided below for each award by November 1, 2018.

2018 Alumni Award Winners

During Alumni Weekend 2018, on April 7, the Piedmont College Alumni Association presented awards to four graduates. Winners of the Award were as follows: James F. Sievers (Distinguished Alumni), Spencer S. Wright (Excellence in Education), Edward D. Ariail (Alumni Service), and Natalie E. Crawford (Pacesetter)

[Photo L-R: Lisa Black, Natalie Crawford, James Sievers, Spencer Wright, Edward Ariail]

Dr. James F. Sievers (BA '63) - Distinguished Alumni

Jim Sievers graduated from Piedmont in 1963 with a degree in Business Administration. While at Piedmont, Jim played baseball, basketball, golf and was president of the student body. When first starting his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee not knowing one person or the main street. For community involvement, he starting working with the junior golf program. He was later elected President of the Chattanooga District Golf, then Vice President of the Tennessee Golf Association, and later appointed to United States Golf Association. Jim was on the executive committees of the U.S. Amateur and the Curtis Cup teams. He served four years as President of the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club and was a board member of the National Hospice Foundation in Washington, DC. He is currently serving in his fourth year on the Board of Trustees at Piedmont College. Jim retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nuclear Medicine-Diagnostics Division and is happily living in Fort Myers, Florida.


Dr. Edward D. Ariail (BA '80, Hon. D. '94) - Alumni Service

Raised in Cornelia, Eddy is a Habersham County native and graduated from Piedmont in 1980. After teaching night classes at Piedmont, Eddy served as Treasurer for the Piedmont College Alumni Association Board. In 1990, he joined the Piedmont Board of Trustees, serving as chair from 1998-2002, and continues to serve on the board. Eddy received an Honorary Doctorate from Piedmont College in 1994. He has served as an elected member of the Habersham County School Board, was selected to Leadership Georgia in 1996, and has been a member of the Cornelia Kiwanis Club for the past 33 years. He and his wife, Alice Crowder, have lived in Clarkesville for the last 34 years. They have two daughters, Catherine, 30, and Caroline, 28. Alice and Eddy are members of Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church in Clarkesville, where Eddy serves as a mentor for the education for ministry program.


Mr. Spencer S. Wright (BA '98, MA '02) - Excellence in Education

Spencer Wright has served as Choral Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Dawson County High School for 20 years. He currently also serves as District 9 Choral Chair. In this time, he has built a program of around 250 students. His choirs have continually earned superior ratings at the Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) and have received many invitations to perform across the Southeast. The Dawson County High School Chamber Singers have competed in Orlando, Florida on numerous occasions and earned first place each time. Spencer has been an honor chorus clinician in multiple districts. He has also served as an LGPE adjunct educator for several districts around the state. His passion for music has lead him to service in a local church where he is the worship pastor, director of worship arts and music director. Spencer is married to Lora Wright and has three daughters, twins Maggie and Piper, 16, and Kyndle, 7.


Ms. Natalie E. Crawford (BA '07, MBA '12) - Pacesetter

Natalie earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Piedmont. By age 27, she’d built and sold her first two businesses. After working in corporate marketing for the Walmart Corporation and Spherion Staffing Services, Natalie spent seven years studying student development and working in student affairs at Piedmont. Since then, she has used her experience in higher education and the private sector to develop a thriving internship program at local software development firm MainStreet Technologies. First elected in 2012, Natalie is serving her second term on the Habersham County Commission. Natalie chairs the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission Finance Committee and serves as Vice President of Georgia’s ACCG Group Health Benefits Board of Trustees. She continues her entrepreneurial pursuits as a founding partner of the development firm, Slam Stream Media. Natalie has two children, Chloe, 18, and Tommy, 12, and resides in Mt. Airy.


Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that a Piedmont graduate can receive from the Alumni Association. This award recognizes a graduate who has an outstanding record of professional achievements in his or her career, demonstrates qualities of leadership, contributes to public and community affairs, and shows support for Piedmont College, its students, faculty and alumni. This individual must have graduated more than 15 years agoNominate!

Past Distinguised Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Service

The Alumni Service Award is presented to a graduate who has contributed significant service to the college. It recognizes the achievements of individuals working on behalf of the college through active service in alumni programs and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution. Nominations should answer the following questions: 
•    In what ways has the candidate served the college and its alumni?
•    How has this service benefited the institution?
•    Has this service been sustained over an extended period of time?
Please provide letters of support as part of your nomination. Nominate!

Past Alumni Service Award Recipients

Excellence in Education

The Excellence in Education Award recognizes a graduate that has shown significant contributions to the field of education as a teacher, coach, or administrator. They must have worked or volunteered in education for a minimum of 10 yearsNominate!

Past Excellence in Education Award Recipients


The Pacesetter Award recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated ideals that exemplify the Piedmont tradition of service, vision, and community activism. It is presented to a graduate who has shown proven leadership or achievement in his or her career and actively contributes to public and/or community service. This individual must have graduated within the past 15 yearsNominate!

Past Pacesetter Award Recipients