Paul Ripley served as the University’s first alumni director and was a member of the first class in 1946. The longtime administrator held several positions during his tenure, including Director of Career Planning and Placement, and Director of College Relations. An associate professor of journalism, Ripley established the Laker Log alumni newspaper and published it for more than 20 years. The Laker Log remains a vital link between LSSU and alumni today. Paul retired in 1987 after more than 20 years of service.
This award honors graduates who have enjoyed exceptional personal and professional success early in their careers. Those honored must have graduated within the past 15 years and/or be no more than 40 years of age.