The Excellence in Collegiate Education and Leadership (ExCEL) Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, honoring more than 30 College of Charleston students, staff, faculty and community members for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. The following recipients were selected from more than 97 nominations:


Outstanding Students of the year

School of the Arts – María Carrillo-Marquina

School of Business – Renee Fraley

School of Education, Health, and Human Performance – Chak Or

School of Humanities and Social Sciences – Delaney Wallace

School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs – Alex Mielcarek

School of Professional Studies – Amber Leighton

School of Sciences and Mathematics – Adeyemi Oduwole

Honors College – Megan Minchak

Graduate School – Emily Jaskwhich


Outstanding Faculty of the Year

School of the Arts – Charles Calvert

School of Business – Rene Mueller

School of EHHP – Keonya Booker

School of HSS – Kris de Welde

School of LCWA – Juliette Bourdier

School of Sciences and Mathematics – Ashley Lavender

Honors College – Christine Finnan

The Graduate School – Susan Simonian


Outstanding Student Awards (specialized)

Female Student Athlete of the Year – Bri Sullivan

Male Student Athlete of the Year – Jarrell Brantley

Septima P. Clark Award – Sophia A. Emetu

Eugene C. Hunt: Graduating Senior – Victoria O. Bailey

Eugene C. Hunt: Rising Senior – Kassidy Sullivan

Lucille S. Whipper Award – Michael Simmons

Stephen Osborne and George Watt Bonner Leader – Bianca LaPaz

SCAMP Student of the Year – Amanda Anyim, Keyaira Morgan


Outstanding Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff Member of the Year – Lisa Christian and Sheree Grant

The Unsung Champion – Mary Bergstrom

Excellence in Customer Service – Alexandra Lile


Other Award Categories

Safe Zone Advocacy Award – Tessa Torgovitsky

Demetria N. Clemons Distinguished Mentor Award – Kenyatta Grimmage

Good Neighbor Award – Dorothy Harrison

Eddie Ganaway Distinguished Alumni Award – Derrick Williams ’99

Administrator of the Year Award – Myra Seaman


The Presidential Legacy Awards

The President Leo I. Higdon Outstanding Leadership Award – Patrick Smith

The President Theodore Stern Visionary Award – Demetria Noisette Clemons

The President Harry Lightsey Humanitarian Award – Ian Braddock


The College of Charleston Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services coordinates the ExCEL Awards program. 

Featured image: ExCEL award winners Delaney Wallace, Patrick Smith and Chak Or.