Frank D. Brown Achievement & Leadership Excellence Award 

The 2017 recipient of the Frank D. Brown Achievement & Leadership Excellence Award, Jay Sparks (center) with Sommer Bundy (left), President of the Alumni Association, and Dr. Chris Markwood (right), President of Columbus State University.

Frank d. brown

Frank Brown was president of the university for two decades, retiring after the 2008 academic year. He's the face of the change that led the institution from a small college of about 4,000 students to a regional university of nearly 8,400 students.


Criteria for brown Award nomination

The award is presented only when extraordinary achievement or service merits it. The Brown Award recognizes an organization, active or retired member of the faculty or staff, a non-graduate alumnus, or a supporter of Columbus State University who has made extraordinary contributions to educational excellence at Columbus State University or whose achievement has brought honor and distinction to Columbus State University. The nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an organization or individual supporter of Columbus State, other than a CSU graduate. (Former students who didn't graduate are eligible for nomination.)
  • Have provided substantial and sustained support for Columbus State or must have brought honor and distinction to CSU.
  • Have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills or accomplishments that serve as a model for the Columbus State University community.
  • Be held in high esteem by the Columbus State University community.


Nomination & Presentation process

  • Nominations may be submitted by anyone interested in CSU.
  • If a suitable recipient is found, the award will be presented at the President's Recognition & Scholarship Gala.
  • A permanent plaque listing all award recipients will be on display on campus and a plaque presented to the recipient.
  • Click HERE to submit a nominee

For a list of previous award honorees, click here.

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