Middle Tennessee State University is again recognizing outstanding alumni who represent excellence and distinction through their professional careers, loyal support and service to the broader community.

From 1960 to present, the MTSU Alumni Association has recognized accomplished alumni with the association’s highest honor: the Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s winner is Jeff Creek, a highly acclaimed petroleum chemistry expert.

This year’s Young Alumnus Award, given to a younger graduate making a positive impact in the world, goes to Bobbie Jo Meredith. She has become a key figure with Schneider Electric and recruiting girls and young women to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

For the third consecutive year, the True Blue Citations of Distinction are being awarded. Categories and this year’s winners include:

  • Achievement in Education (current or retired MTSU faculty) — Dan Pfeifer, who has spent 25 years sharing his craft with MTSU recording industry students
  • Achievement in Education (outside MTSU) — Helen Campbell, an innovative Rutherford County Schools educator
  • Service to the University — Cynthia Chappell, who is a driving force for the MTSU alumni chapter in Houston, Texas

• and Service to the Community — Elizabeth “Libby” Green, a lifelong Murfreesboro volunteer and member of the MTSU Signal Society (giving financially for 25 years or more)

All recipients will receive their awards during Homecoming Week at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception, which will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Sam H. Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

The public is invited. It is a complimentary event, but organizers request RSVPs to plan for food and space. To register, visit mtalumni.com and click on “Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception” under events.

A searchable campus parking map is available here. Off-campus visitors should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation.

In addition to the awards ceremony, all will be recognized during the MTSU Homecoming Parade and during the Blue Raiders homecoming game against rival Western Kentucky.

For more details about the 2016-17 honorees, click here.


Bobbie Jo Meredith
Bobbie Jo Meredith
Cynthia Chappell
Cynthia Chappell
Dan Pfeifer
Dan Pfeifer
Helen Campbell
Helen Campbell
Jeff Creek
Jeff Creek

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