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Submitted on October 23, 2017

Overwhelmed. That’s how an emotional Charlotte Stickle Elder ’96 said she felt at being recognized as one of Georgetown College’s five 2017 distinguished alumni honorees during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 21. Awards recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to Georgetown College as well as their respective greater communities were presented during the ceremony attended by alumni, families, and friends in the Jones-Hall-Nelson Suite of Cralle Student Center.

“So many of the qualities that I was recognized for this weekend were cultivated in classrooms of Georgetown College,” commented Elder, who praised her former professors for their guidance and friendship. Faculty members helping students discover themselves continues to be one of the enriching qualities of the Georgetown College experience.

Elder majored in Sociology and minored in Youth Ministries while an undergraduate. After Georgetown, she received a Master of Arts in corporate and organizational communication in 1998 from Western Kentucky University. Activities during her undergraduate years included playing in the pep, concert, and jazz bands, holding membership in Sigma Kappa Sorority, and being a founding member of the Kentucky Private Colleges Student Government Association. Currently, she is a professor in WKU’s Department of Communication, a position she has held for 18 years. Service to others and the promotion of human rights for all citizens has always been her calling. In recognition of her outstanding service to her community, she was a 2017 recipient of a Women of Achievement Award presented by the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission. Charlotte is president of the GC Alumni Board and a regional alumni coordinator for the Warren County area.

Pictured are all five 2017 distinguished alumni honorees: Martha Chatham Pryor '79, Kathie Wilder Winograd ’79, Michael Newcomer '05, Elder, and Nolan Bean ’02.

Dr. Winograd is Central New Mexico Community College president, a position she has held since 2007. She is the first female president of the college, which serves more than 28,000 students at five campuses, the Workforce Training Center and the Advanced Technology Center in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho metro area. Winograd is a highly respected leader in the New Mexico education community. She is a strong proponent of student success, educational reform, educational collaboration, and building stronger partnerships with business and community organizations. After Georgetown College, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and therapeutic recreation, she received a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville and a doctor of education degree in education leadership from the University of New Mexico.

Martha Pryor is a loyal alumna who spearheaded the drive to increase awareness of Georgetown College’s “Love and Loyalty” campaign during the past fiscal year. Few graduates have demonstrated more love and loyalty for their alma mater than has Pryor. Her efforts contributed significantly to raising the percentage of annual alumni giving from 11 percent to 26 percent. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching for two years she elected to be a stay-at-home mom to raise her five children. During those years, she maintained her connection with education through involvements with PTA, being a homeroom mother, and teaching pre-school. She also led children’s choirs in various communities where she, her husband, and children lived throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as in other states. Her devotion to Georgetown College is a dedication to the legacy of many family members who also graduated from GC: her parents, a brother, and sister, and a brother-in-law, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Nolan M. Bean, CFA, CAIA, is Managing Principal at Fund Evaluation Group, LLC, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to his current position, he served as associate, vice president, and senior vice president. He has been an investment professional since graduating with a BSBA in Finance. He went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Quantitative Analysis from the University Of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College Of Business. Bean was named one of the world’s 10 most influential investment consultants of 2016 and 2017 by Chief Investment Officer Magazine through the Knowledge Broker Award. In 2011, he was named “Consultant of the Year” by Institutional Investor’s Foundation and Endowment Money Management.

Michael Newcomer has been Director at Goldsmith & Co. since 2014. Goldsmith & Co. is an executive search firm focused on connecting leading firms in the global financial services industry with the most talented senior executives and experienced investors. He joined Goldsmith & Co after four years as co-founder and partner of Elm Talent Group, a boutique search firm focused on asset management and technology. An avid entrepreneur, he has also founded educational and non-profit services. He graduated from Georgetown with a BS in chemistry after which he was a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory working in the center for non-linear studies. He has since earned MS and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

All of these distinguished alumni praised the educational foundation they received while undergraduates at Georgetown College, citing then as now the value of small class sizes and especially the personal attention received by professors in preparing them for real-world experiences.

Georgetown College’s recognition of alumni achievement dates to 1953. Since then, nearly 150 individuals have been so honored demonstrating the outstanding accomplishments of Georgetown graduates.

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