Alumni Awards

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Webb's Distinguished Alumni Award

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  • About Maurie McInnis ’84 - 2017 Award Winner

    As executive vice president and provost at the University of Texas at Austin, Maurie McInnis leads strategic planning for the university's academic mission, and ensures academic programs are world-class and aligned with the university's commitment to diversity and equity. Her responsibilities include leading academic programs and initiatives across the university’s 18 colleges and schools, which serve more than 51,000 students and support more than 3,000 teaching and research faculty. In addition, McInnis oversees the university’s libraries and museums, archival collections, research centers, and academic support units.

    Dr. McInnis is a renowned scholar in the cultural history of American art in the colonial and antebellum South. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between politics and art in early America. Her most recent book, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, features art depicting the American slave trade and how it influenced public perception of slavery in America. It was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Book Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as the Library of Virginia Literary Award for nonfiction. McInnis also works regularly with museums and historic sites.

    McInnis earned a bachelor's degree with highest distinction in art history from University of Virginia and a master's degree and Ph.D., also in art history, from Yale University. Prior to serving as provost at The University of Texas at Austin, she served the University of Virginia for almost 20 years in various academic and administrative appointments, including vice provost for academic affairs, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, director of American Studies, and professor of art history.

    In addition to her role as provost at UT Austin, McInnis has dual faculty appointments in the Department of American Studies and the Department of Art and Art History. She also holds the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities.
Webb School of Knoxville's Distinguished Alumnus/na Award is presented annually to an alumnus/na whose business or professional accomplishments and service to others exemplify the goals of Webb School in the spirit of its motto, "principes non homines - leaders not men."
Nominations are received from alumni and other members of the Webb community. Webb’s Alumni Leadership Council will decide the recipient from the pool of candidates. Once submitted, nominations are kept on file for consideration for five consecutive years.
If you know of an alumnus/na who you would like to be considered for the award, please complete the nomination form (CLICK HERE FOR FORM) and return it to Ashley Stamper, Webb Alumni Coordinator.

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  • Past Recipients

    1991 - Jefferson Chapman ’61
    1992 - Robin L. Line ’64
    1993 - Teresa E. Barnett ’75
    1994 - W. Baxter Lee ’61
    1995 - William Haslam ’76
    1996 - Monica Langley ’76
    1997 - Michael McClamroch ’82
    1998 - Minky Worden ’85
    1999 - Iang Jeon ’78
    2000 - Missy Bell Boltwood ’81
    2001 - Paige Overton Pitts ’84
    2002 - Doug Briggs ’79
    2003 - Terri Tarvin Ward ’75
    2004 - Chad Pennington ’95
    2005 - Rebecca Hardin ’84
    2006 - Joseph M. Tipton ’64
    2007 - David A. Bowen ’70
    2008 - Charles L. Moore Jr. ’84
    2009 - Julia Webb Bland ’69
    2010 - Sharon G. Lee ’71
    2011 - John L. (Jack) Neely ’76
    2012 - Jim Hart ’60
    2013 - Chip Denton ’76
    2014 - Bill Bass ’80
    2015 - Sarah Trahern ’82
    2016 - Vance Link ’67

Robert Webb Service Award

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  • About Jonathan Johnson - 2017 Award Winner

    Webb Class of 1993 alumnus and Webb parent Jonathan Johnson is Webb School of Knoxville’s Robert Webb Service Award winner for 2017. Webb School President Michael McBrien presented Johnson with Webb’s Robert Webb Service Award at Commencement 2017.

    Johnson is co-owner of the family-operated business, A&W Office Supply, and president of School and Office Supply in Knoxville. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was a two-year letterman on the Black Knights’ lacrosse team. He went on to serve five years as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army, including a tour in Kuwait. 

    Since returning home to Knoxville to help lead A&W Supply, Johnson has continued his commitment to servant-leadership. He is active with and is past president of the Farragut Rotary Club, and is a member of Nucleus Knoxville. He also served on the Industrial Development Board of the City of Knoxville, as well as the boards for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Knoxville Quarterback Club, and Knox Youth Sports. In addition, through his church, Johnson helped spearhead and lead a mission trip with his family to Kenya to benefit Child Aid Africa. Following their return to Knoxville, Johnson and his wife, Betsy, led a steering committee to raise funds for Child Aid Africa.

    Johnson was named a Greater Knoxville Business Journal 40 under Forty honoree for 2014, in recognition of the positive difference he has made on the job and in the community.

    President McBrien told the audience at Commencement that Johnson’s love of Webb School was evident when McBrien first met him in July 2015. “He was actually the first Webb alum that I met when I arrived in Knoxville,” McBrien recalled, “and I could tell he was a huge asset to our school and our community.” Johnson has served as assistant coach for Webb’s Spartan lacrosse team for the past 14 years, and in 2011, he was named State of Tennessee Assistant Lacrosse Coach of the Year by his in-state peers.

    “In his humble approach, Jonathan also stepped up to take on a leadership role with Webb School Boy Scouts,” McBrien added, noting that since becoming Scoutmaster of Troop 757 at Webb in 2016, Johnson and other Troop leaders have increased membership from eight to 17 Scouts this past year, and that number is predicted to increase to 30 by this August.

    Johnson has also dedicated his time and efforts to numerous Webb School events, ranging from Lower School Field Day to the school’s annual campus-wide, Webbfest community-building celebration.
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The Robert Webb Service Award, established in honor of Webb School of Knoxville founder, Robert Webb, recognizes a member of the alumni body who has distinguished him/herself through outstanding service and leadership to the Webb community.

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  • Past Recipients

    2000 - James A. Haslam III ’72
    2001 - Edward U. Babb ’82
    2002 - Jefferson Chapman ’61
    2003 - J. Harvery White ’67
    2004 - Lee Congleton ’77
    2005 - Cheryl (Stockman) Massingale ’62
    2006 - Kenan Smith ’76
    2007 - Stephanie (Barnes) Ogden ’76
    2008 - Bill Bass ’80
    2009 - Steve Koella ’63
    2010 - Laura (Adams) Johnson ’79
    2011 – Taylor Hamilton ’83
    2012 – Mark Overholt ’83
    2013 – Dennis Ragsdale ’74
    2014 - Mike McClamroch ’82
    2015 - W. David Hovis ’86
    2016 - John Schmid ’86

2017 Alumni Achievement Awards

During our 2017 Spartan Alumni Weekend, Webb alumni, representing this year's reunion classes, were honored at the second annual Alumni Achievement Awards Luncheon. These individuals have distinguished themselves in their respective careers and have achieved outstanding success in their chosen professions while upholding the mission of Webb School. Learn more about our honorees by selecting the below image.