Alumni & Friends
Welcome to the Alumni Association
Mercer has more than 77,500 alumni who live throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. The Alumni Association is governed by a National Board of Directors and an Alumni Board of Directors for each school or college.
Alumni Award Nominations
Nominate a deserving Alumnus for the Distinguished Alumnus, Meritorious Service or the Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumnus Award to be honored at Homecoming. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. In any given calendar year, nominations received by June 1 are considered for that year’s awards. Those received after June 1 may be considered in subsequent years. Awards are typically presented during Homecoming Weekend activities in the fall of each year.
2016 Alumni Award Winners
The Distinguished Alumnus Award goes to The Honorable James A. "Bubber" Epps, Jr., of Dry Branch, Republican representative for House District 144 which is comprised of Bleckley, Twiggs and Wilkinson Counties as well as part of Bibb, Houston, Jones and Laurens Counties. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer University who has served his/her profession in an outstanding manner, and in so doing, has brought honor to his/her person and the University. This award is presented for service to humanity and dedication, which have fostered the ideals of Mercer University.
The Meritorious Service Award goes to Robert F. Hatcher, of Macon, former President and CEO of MidCountry Financial Corp. (2002-2016). He was also the President and CEO of First Liberty Bank from 1988 until its merger with BB&T in 2000. Prior to First Liberty, he was with Trust Company Bank (now SunTrust) for 27 years. The Meritorious Service Award is typically presented to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer University who has demonstrated his/her support of the Alumni Association and the University through his/her contribution of time, talents and financial resources. A Meritorious Service Award may also be given to a non-alumnus/friend of the University who has displayed uncommon loyalty and support.
The Thomas Sewell Plunkett Young Alumnus Award goes to Steuart H. Botchford, CLA '07, of Boston, Massachusetts, Managing Partner at Ultima Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on small and mid-sized businesses. Before founding UCP, Steuart was a Manager at Bain & Company, the global management consulting firm. This award is given to an alumnus/alumna of Mercer University who has graduated from the University within the past 10 years, is no more than 35 years of age, and has accomplished one or more of the following: Has demonstrated continuous support of the Alumni Association and the University through contributions of time and/or gifts; has made outstanding contributions to a chosen profession; has achieved in such a way that he/she has brought great honor to the individual and the University; has demonstrated service and a commitment to the community; has fostered the ideals, goals and values of the University.