Alumni Award Winners 2021September 30, 2021 (Jackson, Miss.) - Belhaven University has announced the winners of its 2021 Alumni Awards. The University will honor recipients during the awards dinner on Friday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dr. Billy Kim International Center.

This event is part of Belhaven University's Homecoming 2021 and highlights alumni who are successfully living out the University's mission, “To serve, not to be served.” All are invited to meet and celebrate with these award recipients. A total of 10 awards highlight alumni who are thriving in their careers, life, and service.

Belhaven's 2021 Alumni Award winners are listed below.


Alumnus of the Year - Maxie Gordon ('83)
To a distinguished alumnus who has achieved excellence in their field of service and embodies Belhaven University's mission in their life and work.

Young Alumnus of the Year - Javanté Ingram ('12)
To a recent graduate of the past decade that pursues excellence in their field and has achieved success as a younger leader.


Bettye Quinn Education Award - Dr. Mandy (Lanier) Bailey ('01) and Dr. Brad Bailey ('00)
To a Belhaven School of Education graduate who reflects Ms. Quinn's dedication, commitment, and loyalty to teaching and service to their community.

Business Success Award - Heath Jordan ('98)
To a graduate of the Belhaven School of Business who integrates Christian values and ethics in the marketplace. A servant leader committed to excellence and dedication to serving others.

STEM Distinction Award - J.D. Longmire ('90)
To a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics graduate that has achieved significant success in their professional role, and encourages a Christian worldview while discovering innovations and best practices in their field.

Arts Excellence Award - Haddon McKinney ('07)
To a graduate who has achieved excellence in the Arts professionally, and honors the Lord through their creativity.


World Service Award - Tanya Abadia Weaver ('91)
To an alumnus of distinct Christian character who impacts the broken world through their service to Christ and others by serving the oppressed, by advocating equality and justice, or by offering faith-based humanitarian relief.

Church Service Award - Dr. James R. Carter ('83)
To honor an alum who has effectively worked cross-culturally to carry the Gospel message.

Community Service Award - Brian Benn ('16)
To an alumnus whose mature understanding of the Christian faith, has been instrumental in their commitment to build their local community.