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Jeania Martin
Executive Director

The Outstanding Alumni Award (OAA) honors and recognizes those alumni who have achieved professional accomplishments in their chosen career and who have made significant contributions to their community and to the lives of others. Recipients of this prestigious award represent the ideal of caring, successful, and committed person to whom the Stanly Community College community can look to as an example.

Nominations for the Outstanding Alumni Award are accepted every spring from SCC's faculty and staff.

Amy Ray Alumni Award 2023Amy Ray, Class of 2017, received the Outstanding Alumni Award. Following graduation from SCC, Amy earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte and master’s degree from UNC Greensboro. Since then, she has been highly active in Future Business Leaders of America Collegiate. She began her career at Price Waterhouse Cooper and is now in the core tax division of BDO USA, an international accounting network headquartered in Charlotte.

David William Plyler, Class of 2014, received the Outstanding Alumni Award. 

Dexter Townsent Alumni Award 2021Dexter Townsend graduated from Stanly Community College in 1988 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration. While at SCC, he was an outstanding student in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities, including Student Government Association and Phi Beta Lambda. A graduate of Albemarle Senior High School, Dexter has worked for 27 years at Preformed Line Products, serving now as Production Supervisor.

Brittani Neal Alumni Award 20Brittany Neal, a 2019 Associate Degree Nursing graduate from Locust, received the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award. While at SCC, Brittany served as president of the Student Government Association and was instrumental in creating the “Soaring eagle Award” which recognizes student groups for their achievement during the school year in areas of organization activities, campus involvement, and community service.

Lee Pickler Alumni Award 2019Lee Pickler graduated from SCC in 1987 with a Business Data Processing Degree and as an honor student. Lee was a Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) member and is currently a PBL Delegate to the State Leadership Conference and Competitive Events. After employment in other local businesses, Lee opened his own successful business, ScanOnline, located in Locust. He has continued his support of both SCC and PBL. He has been a member and is the current chair of the SCC Foundation Board of Directors

Chris McDaniel Alumni Award 2018Chris McDaniel graduated from both the Criminal Justice and Accounting programs at SCC. He was president of the College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, served three years as a state PBL Officer, and in 1992 was elected as PBL National Vice President. He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude, from Pfeiffer University. Captain McDaniel worked with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years before returning to Stanly County to work with the Stanfield Police Department. He has continued his involvement with Phi Beta Lambda by serving as president of the Alumni/Professional Division, leading workshops at state conferences, and serving as a judge for competitive events.

Nadine Bowers Alumni Award 2017Nadine Bowers, past Chair of the Stanly Community College Board of Trustees, Board of Directors for SCC Foundation, Board of Directors for the CMC-Stanly Foundation, Board of Directors for Uwharrie Bank, and the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustee Executive Board, was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dennis South Alumni Award 2016Mr. Souther began teaching at SCC in 1996 as an adjunct and was hired as a full-time Criminal Justice instructor in 1999.  In 2001, Mr. Souther was instrumental in developing the first Criminal Justice Online program in the North Carolina Community College System.
Today, Mr. Souther serves as an Associate Professor at Lindsey Wilson College of Kentucky in their Criminal Justice Online program. He also continues to teach online Political Science courses for SCC.

Kelly Williams Alumni Award 2015Ms. Williams is a 2012 graduate of the Carolina Auction Academy and is now a licensed auctioneer and an active member of the Auctioneers Association of NC.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at North Carolina State University.

She is currently the Social Media Manager and Lead Auctioneer for Eastway Wrecker & Auction Services in Charlotte. Ms. Williams also owns her own online business called Dainty Dots Online Gift Boutiques found at, which specializes in handmade crafts, custom embroidery and vinyl.

Danny Bowen Alumni Award 2014Mr. Bowen earned his Criminal Justice Technology degree from Stanly Community College.

Phillip Speight Alumni Award 2013Phillip Speight received the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Tammi Crump Alumni Award 2012Dr. Tammy Crump, SCC’s Dean of Allied Health & Public Services, received the 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.