2017 MC Alumni Award recipients announced

2017 MC Alumni Award recipients announced

Oct. 11, 2017 

Maryville College is pleased to announce this year’s alumni award recipients and Wall of Fame inductees.

The College’s Alumni Citation will be presented to Richard Henderson ’57 and Melissa Barker Johnson ’90. Shaun Hayes ’06 will be presented the Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni. The three awards will be presented during the Alumni Awards ceremony on Fri., Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Alumni Citation is awarded to the alumnus/a who has rendered such service in professional, business, civic, social or religious endeavor as to benefit humankind and bring honor to the College, or who has rendered unusual service in any capacity on behalf of the College.

The Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni is given to an alumnus/a who has, within 15 years of his/her graduation from Maryville College, lived a life characteristic of College legend Kin Takahashi, who, in his 36 years of living, worked tirelessly for the betterment of his alma mater, his church and his society.

A committee met in early 2017 to review nominations and recommend winners to the College’s president and Board of Directors.

Henderson has had distinguished career in dermatology

After graduating from Maryville College and majoring in biology, Dr. Richard Henderson ’57 attended Indiana University and earned his medical degree in 1961. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earning the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1965 for meritorious service as Chief of Outpatient Services, Orlando Air Force Base. He completed his residency in dermatology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he became chief resident after three years.

He started practicing dermatology in 1968. In 1974, opened his own practice, Burlington Dermatology Center, where he would continue working until his retirement in 2015. He also served as a clinical associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1985 until 2015.

Throughout his medical career, Henderson has been involved in charitable work. He has instituted scholarships and worked overseas to help children in need of medical attention. He has traveled to Kenya with Healing the Children to assist with surgeries to repair cleft palates and to treat burn victims.  He volunteered with Global Health Outreach in El Salvador and provided surgery services in missions in the Dominican Republic.

Henderson and his wife, Marjorie, live in Mebane, N.C. They have five children and 10 grandchildren. 

Johnson called to help others, share God’s love

A Blount County native, Melissa Barker Johnson ’90 graduated from Maryville College with a degree in business management. After working in a sales job for several years, she completed an associate’s degree in interior design technology in 2000 and has since put these skills to work in not only a new career but in a new mission.

In 2008, after renovating the bedroom of a friend’s daughter who had cancer, she created Kingdom Design Ministries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to create dream room makeovers for children who have experienced devastation in their young lives. The organization’s goal is to improve the quality of life for children and their caregivers by providing long-term solutions that focus on health and wellness – all made possible through donations, fundraising, collaboration and partnerships. Kingdom Design Ministries donates the rooms at no charge as a way to restore hope in families and share God’s love. 

Johnson works full-time as the marketing director for Contract Furniture Alliance while serving as executive director of Kingdom Design Ministries, which has a volunteer workforce and no paid staff.

Johnson resides in Maryville, with her husband, Kent. They have two children.

Hayes exemplifies spirit of Kin Takahashi

Shaun Hayes ’06 majored in business and organizational management at Maryville College while serving as a running back on the football team. After graduation, he was drawn back to the Fighting Scots as a volunteer assistant coach. After serving as the running backs coach, he was named the quarterback coach, recruiting coordinator and video coordinator. In 2014, he was named assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and director of player personnel. He became head coach in 2015.

In fall 2016, Hayes completed his second season as head coach. These two seasons mark the first time in school history that a Scots football team has won back-to-back eight-win seasons or more. Hayes has had the best start for any football coach in the Scots' 120 years with his 16-4 record. Hayes’s teams have set records for athletes on the USA South All-Conference list and First-Team honoree list. In 2016, Hayes led MC to its third USA South Athletic Conference crown.

Hayes stresses the importance of academic success and giving back to the community. He and his players have supported several causes and non-profits, including Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Hayes, his wife, Ashley, and stepdaughter live in Maryville.  

Six selected for Wall of Fame

Six individuals have been selected for induction to the Maryville College Athletic Wall of Fame for 2017: John Roszell III ’95 (baseball), Dominico “Dee” Bell ’97 (men’s basketball), Jenna Jones Campbell ’04 (volleyball), T.J. Emory ’00 (football), Ali Sohrabi ’93 (men’s soccer) and Jim Pavao (former assistant football coach).

These individuals, along with their families, will be celebrated at a Wall of Fame Brunch on Sun., Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Gymnasium.

The Wall of Fame, originated in 1975 by the Honaker Club, was established to honor those individuals who have contributed to the development and success of the Maryville College athletics program. Today, it is an ongoing project sponsored by the Maryville College Athletics Department to remind present students of the great athletic tradition at Maryville College.

The cost for the brunch is $20 per person. For tickets, please call the Maryville College Athletic Department at 865.981.8280.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,146.