Alumnus of the Year

Up to three alumni or attendees are selected each year to be honored at alumni weekend as Alumnus of the Year. A candidate for this award may be nominated by any GCA graduate, current faculty member, or former faculty member.

Award Criteria

The nominee’s life must exemplify GCA’s motto—“To Know, To Love, To Serve”—which has been expanded upon for the purpose of this award. To be considered for this award, a candidate must meet the criteria in at least one of the three areas.

  • To Know: The individual has achieved outstanding success in his or her profession.
  • To Love: The individual has shown exemplary acts of sacrifice or philanthropy.
  • To Serve: The individual has modeled outstanding service to society and/or the church.

The Alumni Advisory Council recognizes that evidence of successful personal application of the motto in one’s relationship to God is impossible to truly ascertain. However, evidences of outstanding contributions to one’s environment, family, church, community, or workplace can be more readily assessed and will be considered. In keeping with Christ’s story of the widow and the mite, it will be remembered that at times one who lives a quiet and steadfast life may be the most worthy recipient of this award.

Nomination Process

To submit a name for consideration, please contact Nancy Gerard. Nominations will be received until March 1. Selection of the award recipients will be determined by the Alumni Advisory Council and the alumni and development director

Award Recipients

GCA is proud of the outstanding accomplishments and the impact that our alumni are making in the workplace, in the church, in the community, and in their personal relationships. There are countless GCA alumni who are making a difference in this world. Please take the time to read just a few stories of our alumni who have been selected to receive the Alumnus of the Year award.

2018
Rhondda Robinson Thomas, ’78
Danny Song, '88

2016
Brenda (Micheff) Walsh, '71
Ivan Williams, '81

2015
Mary Kay Artress, '75
J. Richard Bacon, '70

2014
Daniel Harper, '04

2013
David Kim, '88

2010 
Yung Lau, '80
Kathy (McGhee) Schleier, '75