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Sims-deGraffenried Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

March 3, 2014

At a reception prior to their annual meeting on February 28, the Athens State University Alumni Association recognized Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried by awarding her the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Sims-deGraffenried is a strong advocate for the University and has boldly shared her love for the institution with alumni, state officials and the community. She earned not only her bachelor’s degree but also her master’s degree from the University in 1970.

Sims-deGraffenried led a very public career as Executive Director of the Alabama Association of School Boards. She was known for her hard work and dedication to the issues most important to school boards and the communities they represented.

In 2012, Dr. Sims-deGraffenried was nominated to serve on the newly created Athens State University Board of Trustees. Her fellow trustees recognized her work and understanding of educational issues and elected her the first chair pro tempore under the new governance.

Vice President for University Advancement Rick Mould has long worked with Sims-deGraffenried on legislative issues for Athens State. In his introduction of her he remarked, “Sandra is passionate about Athens State University. She loves this institution and is dedicated to it. We are all proud of her and her accomplishments in serving education. Tonight we recognize her and in this small way say thank you for representing our University so well. ”

Athens State President Bob Glenn presented Sims-deGraffenried with a framed proclamation from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley commending her for her career in education and her advocacy for the state institution. Glenn read the proclamation to the reception attendees.

Sims-deGraffenried is a native of Hartselle, Alabama and currently resides in Orange Beach and Huntsville.


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