2017 Alumni Awards

Honorees Recognized at Reunion Dinner

Patrick Conant '11, Molly de Mattos '02, Steve Woody '89, Dwight Mullen, David de Haan '97 and Bill Gettys '74

UNC Asheville recognized the winners of the 2017 Alumni Awards at a special ceremony during Homecoming & Family Weekend. This year’s award-winners include Professor of Political Science Dwight Mullen, honored for his mentorship of alumni as well as students, and UNC Asheville graduates Steve Woody ’89, Bill Gettys ’74, Molly de Mattos ’02, David de Haan ’97, and Patrick Conant ’11.

Dwight Mullen, professor of political science and 33-year veteran of UNC Asheville’s faculty, is the 2017 recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award. Steve Woody is the founder and CEO of Avadim Technologies in Asheville and is named the Roy A. Taylor Distinguished Alumnus of the Year—the highest honor given to an alumnus of UNC Asheville. Bill Gettys, an IT expert, is the 2017 recipient of the Francine M. Delany Award for Service to the Community, recognizing his service to area boards, community gardens, and the Veterans Restoration Quarters.

Molly de Mattos, co-owner of the Matt and Molly Team of Keller Williams Realty, is the recipient of the 2017 Thomas D. Reynolds Award for Service to the University, particularly for her support of UNC Asheville Athletics. David de Haan, a psychologist by degree and profession, has made significant contributions in his field of Performance Enhancement Psychology in the United States and Europe, earning the Order of Pisgah Award for Alumni Achievement. Patrick Conant has used his computer science degree from UNC Asheville to co-captain Code for Asheville and found PRC Applications, also earning the Order of Pisgah Award for Alumni Achievement.