McDaniel College Names H. Hugh Dawkins, Jr., Alumnus of the Year for 2012

Hugh Dawkins of Easton, Md., earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College

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H. Hugh Dawkins, Jr.

WESTMINSTER, MD (11/07/2012)(readMedia)-- McDaniel College has named H. Hugh Dawkins, Jr., of Easton, Md., Alumnus of the Year for 2012. Dawkins also served as the honorary football team captain at the Green Terror football game on Saturday, November 3.

Hugh Dawkins earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 and master's degree in 1971 from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College. He served as a member of the faculty, Registrar, and as a major fundraiser of the college. After leaving the college in 1989 and relocating to the Eastern Shore to manage a family garden center, he remained active as Alumni Association treasurer and committee member on bylaws and constitution review, undergraduate relations, Homecoming Reunion, and most recently, the WMC Heritage Society. He received the Alumni Association's Meritorious Service Award in 1989 and its Community Service Award in 2003.

He has been a member of Easton's Rotary Club since 1991 and is involved in various community organizations, including Little League, the annual Waterfowl Festival, and Hospice Foundation. In 2001, the board of the Waterfowl Festival presented him with the Distinguished Service Award and he was awarded the "You Make a Difference" award from the Maryland Hospice Network.

He and his wife, Kathy, whom he met on campus where she served as student activities director, have owned and operated Dawkins Medical Management, a medical billing and practice management firm based in Easton, Md., since 1993.

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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among "40 Colleges that Change Lives" and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel's degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.