Distinguished Alumni

Each year the Murray State University Alumni Association honors an elite group of alumni who have excelled personally and professionally and made meaningful contributions to society on a local, state and national level. It is the highest honor one can receive from the MSUAA. This year we are honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021.

To show your support for a particular recipient, click on his or her profile below. There, you can leave a congratulatory note and, if you wish, make a gift in his or her honor to support student scholarships for which they have a passion. Some of our honorees plan to host a Virtual Meet & Greet via Zoom with friends and family following the premiere of the ceremony on Friday, April 16. You can also register to receive the appropriate Zoom link to attend your recipient's Meet & Greet by clicking his or her profile below. For help, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-758-8510.

Distinguished Alumni

2020 Distinguished Alumni
Capt US Navy (ret) Steven J Blivin

Steven J. Blivin, `86

Captain
US Navy

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2020 Distinguished Alumni
Janet Lomax Smith

Janet Lomax-Smith, `76

News Anchor (retired)
WHEC TV/News 10NBC

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2020 Distinguished Alumni
Dr. Robert McGaughey

Dr. Robert McGaughey, III, `65 `69

JMC Chairman (retired)
Murray State University
*posthumous award

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2020 Distinguished Alumni
Denise Rutherford

Dr. Denise Rutherford, `84 `85

Senior Vice President
Corporate Affairs 3M

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2020 Distinguished Young Alumni
Rebecca Ballard

Rebecca Francis Ballard, `02

Managing Director, Communications, Marketing and Engagement
Purple Strategies

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2021 Distinguished Alumni
Melissa Collins

Dr. Melissa Collins, `99

Teacher
Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools

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2021 Distinguished Alumni
Dr. Bonnie Higginson

Dr. Bonnie Higginson, `75 `78 `79

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (retired)
Murray State University

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2021 Distinguished Alumni
Alan Stout

Judge Alan C. Stout, `78

Chief Judge
US Bankruptcy Court of Western District of Kentucky

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2021 Distinguished Young Alumni
Samantha Erwin

Dr. Samantha Erwin, `11

Computational Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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