Pictured above: UKCD Alumni Association President, Dr. Cliff Lowdenback, with 2019 award recipient Dr. Charles J. Vittitow, Jr.

Distinguished Alumnus Award 

Alumni and friends of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry are invited to nominate alumni as candidates for consideration to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nominations are carefully considered by a special committee selected by the UK College of Dentistry Alumni Association. This award will not automatically be given every year. 

2020 Nomination Packet

Application Deadline: June 4, 2020 - The 2020 nomination period is now closed. 

Please consider the following criteria when nominating someone. Candidates must:

  1. Have demonstrated a loyalty to the College;
  2. Have shown excellence in the profession of dentistry;
  3. Be recognized by peers for having reached and remained at the pinnacle of their field of dentistry; and
  4. Have shown evidence of merit of work in their field of dentistry and Community leadership.

To nominate a candidate, download and submit a nomination application, here (PDF), as well as a letter (no more than three pages) that includes information about the candidate’s achievements, the impact of those accomplishments, and why you believe he or she should be considered. Nominators need not be alumni of the UK College of Dentistry.

Incomplete nomination packets will not be considered. Please forward all completed packets to Alumni Engagement Director, Ryan Vicini, at rlvici2@uky.edu or mail to University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Office of Alumni Affairs, ATTN: Ryan Vicini, 800 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40536-0297.

The award will be presented at the Alumni Reception during the 2020 Fall Symposium and Alumni Weekend on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Kroger Field, Lexington. 

Past Distinguished Alumnus Award Winners

  • 2020: Drs. Craig Miller (‘82) and Dennis Stuckey (’74)
  • 2019: Dr. Charles J. Vittitow, Jr., 1982
  • 2018: Craig Adams, DMD, 1987 & Col Frank Allara, DMD, 1988
  • 2017: H. Fred Howard, DMD, 1982, & Benjamin W. Nero, DMD, 1967
  • 2016: Nelson Rhodus, DMD, 1979
  • 2015: Mark Davis, DMD, 1967
  • 2014: M. Raynor Mullins, DMD, 1968
  • 2013: John A. Thompson, Jr., DMD, 1971
  • 2012: Stephen W. Wyatt, DMD, MPH, 1980
  • 2011: William Wathen, DMD, 1967
  • 2010: Donald Falace, DMD, 1970
  • 2009: Andy Elliott, DMD, 1983 & Beverly Largent, DMD, 1982, Pediatric Dentistry 1984
  • 2008: Robert Henry, DMD, 1981
  • 2007: Elizabeth Barr, DMD, 1974, Pediatric Dentistry 1976
  • 2006: M. Franklin Dolwick, DMD, PhD, 1971
  • 2005: J. Gary Maynard, Jr., DMD, Periodontics 1967
  • 2004: Jeffrey Okeson, DMD, 1972

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