Thursday, September 6, 2007

JSU's 2007 Outstanding Alumni

The Jacksonville State University Alumni Association announced the 2007 Outstanding Alumni awards this morning. They are:

Syble H. Brindley, Alumna of the Year. Brindley graduated in 1964 with majors in biology, health, physical education and recreation. She taught at every level of education and retired as chair of the kinesiology department at the University of Montevallo. She also helped establish the Alabama Coalition for School Health and the Health Educators Association of Alabama. Brindley and her husband Joe live in Oneonta.

Timothy C. Tyson, Alumnus of the Year. Tyson earned graduate degrees from JSU in public and business administration in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He is CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and serves on the company's board of directors. Prior to his work at Valeant he was part of the executive management team for drug companies GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Co. He was an officer in the Army. He and his wife Amy live in Newport Coast, Calif.

Sarah V. Latham, Outstanding Faculty Member. Latham became dean of JSU's College of Nursing and Health Sciences in November 2005. After earning nursing degrees and teaching at UAB, Latham came to JSU in 1982 as an assistant professor. Her specialty is in critical care. She and her husband Joel live in Cedar Bluff.

Kelly Brooks Friery, Young Alumna of the Year. Friery earned bachelor's and master's degrees from JSU with a bachelor's degree in education. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Alabama in 2005 and is currently director of the Exercise Physiology Lab at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Friery was also captain of JSU's cross country and track teams and was inducted into the JSU Gamecock Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame. Friery and her husband Dean live in Monroe, La.

Col. Stephen K. West, Military Alumnus of the Year. West was a distinguished military graduate of JSU in 1978. During his career, West has held troop and staff positions in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, California, Germany and Turkey. In 2006, he returned to Alabama at the Air College at Maxwell Air Force Base as an instructor for the Department of International Security Studies.

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