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Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni for achievements in their careers, leadership in their communities, and their support of K-State and the College of Human Ecology. To be considered for this award, the recipient must have demonstrated significant achievements in his or her chosen career or in community service. Recipients also make contributions and provide leadership in community affairs, organizational and service groups.

2016 Recipient: David W. Andrews 

1980 M.S. in child development
President, National University

David AndrewsDavid W. Andrews recently became president of National University, California’s second-largest private, nonprofit university, which serves 30,000 students. With three decades of acclaimed higher education experience in a broad range of academic and educational leadership posts, Andrews is leading National’s commitment to transforming higher education through innovation, collaboration and an exceptional student experience.

Prior to coming to National University, Andrews was dean of the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. During his tenure, the school established a reputation for quality that earned it U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 ranking of graduate schools of education for two years in a row. While at Hopkins, Andrews helped found the nonprofit organization Deans for Impact and led the design and build of the first new public elementary school in East Baltimore in over 25 years. Before his work at Johns Hopkins, Andrews led a merger that resulted in the creation of the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University and was the new college’s founding dean. 

Andrews earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University, a master’s degree in child development from K-State and a doctorate, also in child development, from Florida State University. His scholarly work has focused on intervening in the life course of high risk students. 

Past Recipients

  • 2016: David W. Andrews
  • 2013: Julie Martin
  • 2012: Lora Gilbert
  • 2011: Ruth Wells
  • 2010: Janice (Wanklyn) Wissman
  • 2009: George Dilly
  • 2008: Karla Hughes
  • 2007: R. Elaine Turner
  • 2006: Mary Clarke Barkley
  • 2005: Marilyn Corbin
  • 2004: Lea Ann Holzmeister
  • 2003: Sally Baker
  • 2002: Phyllis Miller
  • 2001: Barbara Stoecker
  • 2001: Lynette Olson
  • 2000: Larry Ganong
  • 2000: Marilyn Coleman
  • 1999: Rachel Engle
  • 1998: Olive Ubel
  • 1998: Katherine Boyd
  • 1997: Jean Reehling
  • 1997: Carol Kellett
  • 1997: Jeanette Johnson
  • 1996: Martha Starling
  • 1996: Verna Hildebrand
  • 1995: Adele McQueen
  • 1995: Roberta Grogan
  • 1994: Jeanne Lindsay
  • 1994: Elnora Huyck
  • 1993: Anita Wilson
  • 1993: Helen Frieze
  • 1992: Carolyn Roby
  • 1992: Bettie Greig
  • 1992: Vera Ellithorpe
  • 1991: Martha Streeter
  • 1989: Elizabeth Crandall
  • 1989: Christine Chalender
  • 1988: Marjorie Warta
  • 1988: Kay Obendorf
  • 1987: Joan Coleman
  • 1986: Jo Schwanke Heinz
  • 1985: Frances Lewis
  • 1985: Edgar Chambers IV
  • 1984: Nancy Fogg-Johnson
  • 1984: Betty Denton
  • 1984: Virginia Bayles
  • 1983: Joan Baird
  • 1983: Sharon Nickols
  • 1982: Ann Arnott
  • 1981: Kathryn Sughrue
  • 1981: Harriet Morris
  • 1981: Janice Hamilton
  • 1980: Beverly Bradley
  • 1973: Arlene Wilson
  • 1973: Maxine Wilson
  • 1973: Joyce Terrass
  • 1973: Doris Stewart
  • 1973: Martha Starling
  • 1973: Georgiana Smurthwaite
  • 1973: Shirley Sarvis
  • 1973: Lucile Rust
  • 1973: Lyllis Ling
  • 1973: Grace Goff
  • 1973: Ruth Dales
  • 1973: Elizabeth Crandall
  • 1973: Tessie Agan
  • 1970: Clinita Ford
  • 1963: Rita Youmans
  • 1963: Fern Storer
  • 1963: Genevieve Smith
  • 1963: Margaret Justin
  • 1963: Rosa Fowler
  • 1960: Gladys Roehm
  • 1960: Patricia Morris
  • 1960: Mary Grimes
  • 1960: Katherine Aldersman
  • 1959: Esther Latzke
  • 1959: May Cowles
  • 1958: Elizabeth Perry
  • 1958: Julia Kiens
  • 1957: Katherine Tucker
  • 1957: Anna Smith
  • 1957: Frances Rowland
  • 1957: Helen Parsons