Outstanding alumni honored at homecoming
Nov. 2, 2015
Alumni accomplishments were celebrated during this year’s homecoming activities Oct. 9-11.
| Grant Miller ’07
|Dr. Cindy Bowen
|Dr. Zachary Taylor III
|Dr. Henry Vucetic
The Shackelford Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Cindy Bowen ’85 of LaGrange; Josh Fenn ’00 of Jefferson, Ga.; Dr. Zachary Taylor III ’77 of Dalton; and Dr. Henry Vucetic ’03 of Pepper Pike, Ohio. The honor is presented annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and brought honor to the college.
The 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award was given to Grant Miller ’07, personal photographer for President George W. Bush. Miller lives in Plano, Texas.
Dr. Cindy Bowen teaches sixth-grade science at Long Cane Middle School for the Troup County school system. She earned an associate degree in science from Andrew College in 1983. At LaGrange, she received a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education in 1985 and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2006. She went on to earn a specialist in education leadership degree in 2008 and a doctorate in curriculum and leadership in 2014 from Columbus State University.
During her 11 years at Long Cane, she has been a sponsor for Junior Beta Club, a liaison for Partners in Education, school council member, hospital/homebound instructor, team leader and former curriculum leader. She also coached Academic Bowl competitors. She is a mentor for new teachers and is an adjunct professor in the graduate education courses at CSU.
Dr. Bowen also is an instructional coordinator for LaGrange College’s Learn-2-Serve summer camp, teaching science to rising fourth- through eighth-graders while also working with education students in the college’s graduate program.
Previously, she was director of the Mustard Seed Institute in Madrid, Spain, for World Missions Ministries. There she began a Moms-to-Tots ministry and trained pastors and lay ministers. Back in the United States, she worked as one of the first teachers in Milliken’s Education Program.
Honors and recognitions include Teacher of the Year for 2012–2013, member of the first cohort of Troup County Aspiring Leadership Institute, Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984 and first place in Columbus State’s “This I Believe” competition.
Josh Fenn earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from LaGrange College. While at LaGrange, he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Gamma Mu, the honor society for social sciences. In 2013, he represented the college at the inauguration of President Dr. Cheryl Dozier at Savannah State University.
He is president/CEO and economic development director of Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson, Ga. The chamber recently was named by Site Selection Magazine as one of the “best U.S. Economic Development Groups” for 2015. He has led in economic development, chamber of commerce work and as a downtown development executive for the last 14 years in Georgia, including tenures in Ware, Dodge and Bryan counties.
When he was 24, Fenn was named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40-Under-40” list, one of the youngest to receive the honor. He was named one of Savannah’s “rising stars” in the business community by Savannah Morning News in 2012.
He is a member of The Southern Economic Development Council where he was co-chairman of the young professional committee and currently serves on its board of directors. He also has served on the Georgia Downtown Association Board of Directors and various committees for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Georgia Economic Developers Association and Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Fenn is a member of the International Economic Development Council, Georgia chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Realtors, Society of Industrial and Official Realtors-Georgia chapter, Northeast Georgia Regional Commission board of directors, Georgia Economic Developers Association, Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and Braselton Rotary Club.
He is a graduate of the Robins Air Force Base’s Honorary Commander Program 2008, Leadership Southeast Georgia class of 2011, Georgia Academy for Economic Development class of 2002 and Leadership Bryan County class of 2010.
Dr. Zachary Taylor III earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from LaGrange College in 1977, a medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in 1982 and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore in 1989.
Board certified in preventive medicine, Dr. Taylor is district health director for the North Georgia Health District for the Georgia Department of Public Health. He directs district public health activities in six county health departments in North Georgia, including maternal and child health activities, immunization, control of communicable diseases, prevention and mitigation of environmental hazards, public health nursing, surveillance of disease and provision of family planning services.
Dr. Taylor began his career as clinical director of the Indian Health Service hospital at Fort Yates, N.D., and as chief medical officer in Dulce, N.M. From there he went to the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, before moving to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
In 1991, he began work at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention where he conducted research related to tuberculosis, co-chaired committees that developed major guidelines for tuberculosis control and administered grants to state and local tuberculosis control programs.
Dr. Taylor was named assistant surgeon general and regional health administrator for Region VIII (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota) in 2006 for the Department of Health and Human Services, earning the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service. He served there until his recent position with the Georgia Department of Public Health. Dr. Taylor has written numerous peer-reviewed publication articles, book chapters, guidelines and government publications.
Dr. Henry Vucetic graduated from LaGrange College in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry and earned his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2007.
As an interventional pain specialist, he is a physician partner at The Spine and Pain Institute, a Cleveland Clinic: Akron General Hospital System affiliate. Dr. Vucetic works in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic and acute pain, and is an active researcher in the field of pain management.
Dr. Vucetic did his internship and anesthesia residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Following his residency, he completed a Pain Management Fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center as well. Dr. Vucetic also served as a chief resident in the department of anesthesia at Case Medical Center.
He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, North American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, American Society of Anesthesiology and Ohio State Medical Association.
Dr. Vucetic has presented at the many professional annual meetings and conferences. He is a physician consultant for Boston Scientific and sits on the research and development committee. He also serves on the host committee for the Young Scientist Foundation.
Grant Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in photography from LaGrange College in 2007.
He is owner of Grant Miller Photography, where he is the personal photographer for former President George W. Bush, the Bush family and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He also serves as a freelance photographer for political fundraisers, speeches and events for presidential candidates.
His work has appeared in George W. Bush’s book, “41: A Portrait of My Father,” Laura Bush’s book, “Spoken from the Heart,” the Bush Presidential Center’s “A Celebration of Freedom,” The History Channel; NBC’s TODAY Show; Fox News Channel; Wall Street Journal; Dallas Morning News; and numerous organization publications.
Miller also heads up the Grant Miller Group LLC, an independent company that services the hospitality and corporate markets with interior design products.
As a student at LaGrange College, he was a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters and a participant in the Servant Leadership Fellows program. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and served as vice president of entertainment for the Student Government Association. Miller was a member of the LaGrange College Singers and served as an LC Hilltopper.
Campus awards included the 2007 Research Scholar Award, 2007 May Day King in recognition of his involvement and leadership on campus and the Student Leadership Fellow’s scholarship.
From 2007–2009, Miller worked as an editor and photographer in the White House Photo Office, where he documented the lives of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney and Mrs. Lynne Chaney. He also interacted with high-ranking officials and military leaders on a daily basis.
He photographed historic White House events such as the visit of Pope Benedict XVI and the G20 Summit.