President's Awards for Excellence

Each year, Southeastern President John L. Crain bestows the university's most prestigious honor, the President's Award for Excellence, to faculty and staff excelling in the areas of research, teaching, artistic activity, faculty service and staff service. Meet this year's recipients.


Lily Brooks

Lily Brooks

President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity

Over a decade of sustained creative research and production, Assistant Professor of Photography Lily Brooks has developed a series of interrelated projects that speak to the depth of her commitment and potential as an artist.

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Jean FotieJean Fotie

President's Award for Excellence in Research

For Southeastern Professor of Organic Chemistry Jean Fotie, developing a relevant and nationally competitive research program with a major focus on creating solutions for real life problems has always been at the center of his ambition since he began his Southeastern career 13 years ago.

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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Rebecca Davis’ philosophy of teaching has always been to make the material relevant to the real world, even before this was an initiative at Southeastern. A faculty member since 2003, Davis said her education in clinical audiology provided a relevant foundation for her teaching.

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Callie Berner

Cally Berner

President's Award for Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service

How important is service? Event and Conference Services Director Cally Berner, this year’s recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service, believes that providing quality service is imperative to the success of any organization.

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