Distinguished Alumnus Award

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This award is given to an alumnus who has made a distinctive contribution in his or her profession. He or She must have consistently exemplified the standards upon which the University is founded. This honor is awarded on merit and does not reflect an individual's financial contribution to the university.


2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award


Jeffrey Amerson '86


The 2014 Distinguished Alumnus is Jeffrey (Jeff) Amerson. Jeff has made extraordinary strides as an instructor and leader in the Houston education community. Jeff has created a culture of learning and excellence within HISD, where he has consistently exemplified the standards upon which the University is founded. Since graduating from HBU in 1986, Jeff has served Houston families by his tireless work as an educator, citizen, and involvement in promoting Houston's rich culture.

Prior to taking his current position as principal at Poe Elementary, Jeff served as principal at Sharpstown Middle school and Garden Oaks Elementary.  Sharpstown is located near HBU and experienced incredible advancement during Mr. Amerson's time as principal. Now, as principal of Poe Elementary, Jeff has helped this inner city elementary school continue its rich tradition of educating divese families of various socioeconomic backgrounds. Poe Elementary stands out because of its candidacy for International Baccalaureate accreditation and emphasis on Fine Arts programs.

Jeff is a great communicator, leader, and is liked by many for his sense of humor. In addition, Jeff continues to serve HBU with his work in the education department on the advisory board helping HBU prepare students for their future as educators. 


Past Award Recipients:

2013 Congressman Bill Flores MBA '85
2012 Reverend W. Emory Gadd '77
2011 Joana Camacho-Matthynssens '93
2010 Dr. Voddie Baucham '92
2009 Randall O. Sorrels '84
2008 Michael Reinfeldt MBA '85
2007 Carlton Thompson '93
2006 Edwin B. Young '84
2005 Charles Reid '93
2004 Raymond Denson '74
2003 Manfred Jachmich '69
2002 Dr. Cliff McGee Jr. '89
2001 Bob Beauchamp MS '87
2000 Dr. Ronald L. Ellis '77
1999 Mark Denison '82
Lisa Morris Simon '76
1998 Dr. Judith Wallis '81 MEd '85
Colin S. Montgomerie '87
1997 Dr. Elizabeth Ann Harkins '73
Dr. Thomas Wheeler '75
1996 Elaine Wood '80
Ron Stone MLA '94
1995 Dr. Linda Fix Roff '69
Rick Bailey '69
1994 Pamela K. Moore '74 MBA '81
Stephen Picket '80
1993 Dr. Barbara Taylor-Cox '81
Dr. James C. Denison '80
1992 Carol Ann Halliday Bonds '68
Beverly Kay Kepler Bonner '68
Dr. John I. Brady Jr. '71
Dr. Mark E. Jensen '78
1991 Marsha Mathis Eckermann '68
Richard L. Hudson '75
1990 Dr. Nancy Yuill '72
Ronald "Steve" Woodall '84