Columbia College recently bestowed its highest honor, the Medallion award, on two academic leaders and on a woman who was named 2009 South Carolina Mother of the Year.
The award, which goes to individuals the college believes have shown exceptional accomplishment, leadership and service, went to:
- Vivia Lawton Fowler, dean and vice president for academic affairs for Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.
- Jan Love, dean and professor of Christian and world politics at Emory University.
- Betty Ulmer McGregor, the Association of American Mothers of South Carolina's choice as 2009 Mother of the Year.
Fowler, a 1976 Columbia College graduate, oversees all academic areas at Wesleyan, where she has served as dean since 2007.
Love was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina, where she taught in the departments of religious studies and government and international studies. She has been dean of Emory's Candler School of Theology since 2007.
McGregor, a 1951 Columbia College graduate, was named 2009 National Mother of the Year in addition to winning that honor in South Carolina.