Alumni Awards

Stratford Academy Recognizes Its 2021 Alumni Award Recipients

At the 2021 graduation ceremony, head of school Logan Bowlds presented the 2021 Alumni Awards, which includes the Alumni Service Award and the Distinguished Alumnus(a) Award. In 1986, Stratford inaugurated the Alumni Award recognitions. Since that time, alumni have been recognized during the school's commencement exercises.

The Distinguished Alumnus(a) Award for Outstanding Career Achievement
Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease

Head of School Logan Bowlds with Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease '88

The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Outstanding Career Achievement goes to an individual who has made outstanding contributions through his/her vocation or who otherwise deserves to be recognized for outstanding achievement in some field or endeavor. Alumni in the fields of law, medicine, education, business, military, ministry, and the arts have been recognized for their career achievements and excelling in their chosen fields and making a difference in the world around them. This year’s recipient was Dr. Tanzy Dorsey Kilcrease ’88.

Tanzy is a dedicated and passionate educator with over 25 years of leadership in the public education arena. Currently, she is the Chief of Staff for the Bibb County School District and prior to that role she served as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for six years. Her work in professional learning and curriculum design has been featured at state and national conferences, in professional journals, and included in two books for educators, while her leadership has benefited thousands of students in Bibb and Crawford counties.

Tanzy has been recognized by Georgia College and State University, named as one of the two national finalists for the AASA School Superintendents Association Women in School Leadership Award, and is the recipient of the 2021 AASA Women in School Leadership Award. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is an active community volunteer and spends her "free time" serving the Rotary Club of Macon, the Griffith Family Foundation, Macon Crisis Line & Safe House, and the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Tanzy is married to Antwon Kilcrease and they have three children and two grandchildren. 

View Tanzy’s full bio and the remarks from graduation
 

NOMINATE AN ALUMNUS/A FOR THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS/A AWARD
The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Outstanding Career Achievement was inaugurated in 1986. It goes to an alumnus/alumna who has made an outstanding contribution through his/her vocation or who otherwise deserves to be recognized for outstanding achievement in some field or endeavor. Alumni in the fields of law, medicine, education, business, ministry and the arts have been recognized for their career achievements - excelling in their chosen fields and making a difference in the world around them.

The Alumni Service Award
Alumni Service Award Winner Tom McAfee

Head of School Logan Bowlds with Tom McAfee '86

The Alumni Service Award also goes back to 1986. The award was formed to recognize service to Stratford Academy by its alumni. Volunteer service to the school has been an important part of our growth and success, and our alumni have always been a critical source of this kind of volunteer service. Tom McAfee ’86 was honored this year for his service to the school.

McAfee is a long-time supporter and participant in Stratford's fine arts program, but his volunteer efforts for Stratford reach far beyond music, chorus, and theatre. From 2013-2017, he and his wife, Julie, served as co-chairs for Phase II of the Excellence Never Rests capital campaign for Stratford, which is responsible for funding the construction of the Cantrell Lower School and Daws Student Activities Center. In 2014, Tom accepted a position on Stratford's Board of Trustees and has served in leadership roles as the Advancement and Technology committee chairs. Over the last few years, Tom has tirelessly worked to research, install, and implement audiovisual capabilities on Stratford's campus, including new sound and live streaming equipment in the Tift Auditorium, Grady Smith Gymnasium, Cantrell Stadium, and Hutchinson Soccer Complex. He patiently has worked alongside Stratford faculty/staff to train members of the community, including students, on these new systems.

During Tom's student days, he was an active member of Stratford's band, chorus, and theatre programs. So it is not surprising that on Football Friday nights, you will find Tom and Julie volunteering to help the Spirit of Stratford Marching Band prepare for their performance or that during winter and spring musicals, he can be found in the AV booth serving as technical director for the production and teaching students how to serve in this key role.

In addition to all that Tom has done for Stratford Academy, he is also a successful businessman and community volunteer. He is married to Julie Crangle McAfee and is the father to Stratford students, Malin and Zoe.

View Tom’s full bio and his remarks from graduation.

NOMINATE AN ALUMNUS/A FOR THE ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD
The Alumni Service Award also goes back to 1986. The award was formed to recognize service to Stratford Academy by its alumni. Volunteer service to the school has been an important part of our growth and success, and our alumni have always been a critical source of this kind of volunteer service.

Previous Recipients

 
Year Distinguished Alumnus(a) Alumni Service
1986 Dr. Jesse Haynes Pate Skene '71 Loyd Hall Black, Jr. '62
1987 Thomas Edgar Greene, III '65 Catharine Burns Liles '62
1988 Dr. Raymond Avery Moody, Jr. '62 Vivian James Adams, Jr. '65
1989 Edward Roe Stamps, IV '62 Josephine Barker Lamb '64
1990 Dr. James F. Smith '65 Maurice C. Barnett '71
1991 Henry Lee Barfield, II '64 Martha Williams Berg '70
1992 Dr. Katharyn Jordan Ouzts '64 Charles Andrew Lawson '64
1993 Thomas Earl DuPree, Jr. '70

Dr. Richard Liipfert and
Dawn Smisson Liipfert '73

1994 Dr. Stephen Lee Sigal '76 Claire McCommon Smith '71
1995 --- Helen Clark Stewart '74
1996 David Wagner Jones '70 Hazel Burns Struby '70
1997 --- Veronica White Brooks '66
1998 Beverly Baldwin Martin '73 Cynde Martin Dickey '73
1999 --- Kenneth D. Sams '69
2000 Robert A. B. Reichert '66 Virginia Monfort Rabun '77
2001 --- Lindsey Owens Stevens '77
2002 Charlton McMillan '70 Dr. William V. Argo '72
2003 Loyd Hall Black, Jr. '62 ---
2004 James A. Hatcher '70 Robert A. Bowen, III '73
2005 Thomas Shealy '80 Nelle Childs Barnett '74
2006 Charles Andrew Lawson '64 Isabelle Heard Sullivan '75
2007 Rev. Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford '76 Albert W. McKay, Jr. '70
2008 --- James C. Hinson, Sr. '76
2009 Robert Rabun Merck '76 David Paul Kempa '76
2010 K. Roger Holliday '76 Summer Smisson Neel '79
2011 Dr. Guerry Peavy '67 Wimberly Dennis Treadwell '74
2012 Jeff Battcher '79 Elizabeth Boswell Avant '85
2013 Jeffrey Henderson '76 Angela Maddox Hicks '76
2014 Mike Kaplan '71 Robin Lee Parker '83 Greg Parker '84
2015 Tracy Garner '77 Johnny Peterson '81
2016 Frank Willingham '63 Bill Buzzell '70
2017 Dr. George McCommon '83 Eric Hefner '83
2018 Dr. W. Morris Brown III '77 Robbo Hatcher '82
2019 Dr. Zoe Jones '67 ---
2020  not presented due to COVID-19 not presented due to COVID-19
2021 Dr. Tanzy Dorsey Kilcrease ’88. Tom McAfee ’86


Both awards are presented on an annual basis if candidates are deemed worthy. All graduates of Stratford Academy are eligible for these awards. The recipient(s) will be appropriately recognized at commencement exercises.