2009 Alumni Award Recipients
Bill Young Sr., Bill Young Jr. and Howard Young are part of a family that has extensive ties to UGA and has provided major financial assistance through donations and leadership of the UGA Foundation. Bill Young Sr. (BBA ’54) met his wife, Jane (M ’57), at UGA. Bill Young Jr. (BBA ’78) and his wife, Margaret (AB ’85), as well as Howard Young (BBA ’82) and his wife, Becky (AB ’82), are also UGA alumni. Bill Young Sr. is an emeritus trustee of the UGA Foundation. Bill Young Jr. has served on the UGA Foundation board of trustees since 2003 and has been chair since 2007. Howard Young is on the advisory board for UGA’s Honors Program.
Upshaw Bentley (BBA ’47, LLB ’49) has practiced law in Athens since earning his law degree. Still affiliated with the Fortson, Bentley and Griffin law firm, Bentley was mayor of Athens from 1976 to 1979.
Sharon Nickols served as dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1991 until 2006. She now serves as the Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professor in the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics.
Vivian Fisher was UGA’s associate vice president emeritus for public service and outreach when she died last August. She worked in PSO for 27 years, starting as a Cooperative Extension Service agent.
Hugh Durham coached UGA’s men’s basketball team from 1979 to 1995, compiling a 297-216 won-lost record—the best of Georgia’s men’s basketball head coaches. Durham was the first UGA coach to take a basketball team to a post-season tournament.