Each year the University of North Carolina at Asheville recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the University, their communities, or fields of endeavor. Because of the exemplary nature of their achievements, recipients represent the very best of the UNC Asheville experience and serve as role models for the entire University community. The awards are presented annually. Complete our nomination form to nominate a fellow alumnus/a for a national alumni award.
National Alumni Awards
Roy A. Taylor Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna of the Year Award
Named in honor of the University’s first valedictorian, founder of its first Alumni Association, and distinguished member of the United States Congress, the Roy A. Taylor Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna Award is the highest award given to an alumnus/a and recognizes those graduates of UNC Asheville and its predecessor colleges for extraordinary achievement.
Thomas D. Reynolds Alumni Award for Service to the University
Son of the University’s founder and graduate of the Class of 1937, Thomas D. Reynolds spent sixty years as one of the University’s strongest promoters and most active volunteers. This award recognizes one alumnus/a (degreed or non-degreed) each year for exemplary service to UNC Asheville.
Francine M. Delany Alumni Award for Service to the Community
A member of the class of 1966, the University’s first baccalaureate class, and the University’s first African-American graduate, Francine contributed a lifetime of service to Asheville and the surrounding community in support of childhood education. This award recognizes one alumnus/a (degreed or non-degreed) for exemplary service to their community, state, or nation.
The Order of Pisgah Award for Alumni Achievement
Named in homage to Mount Pisgah, one of the area’s tallest peaks and the campus’ visual center, the Order of Pisgah recognizes one or two alumni (degreed or non-degreed) for outstanding achievement in their fields of endeavor.
The Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award
This award is presented annually to one faculty member (active or retired) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. It recognizes those faculty whose service to students goes beyond the classroom and who have distinguished themselves as extraordinary mentors and advisors.
The goal of the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame is to continue to develop traditions, celebrate contributors of those who came earlier in our history, and encourage pride in our student-athletes, the campus community, our alumni, and supporters.