2008 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients
Distinguished Achievement Awards were presented during Alumni Weekend 2008 to four alumni who have distinguished themselves as Transylvanians through their professional lives, standards of excellence, and community service.
Robert P. Dillard ’63 was recognized for his devotion to improving the health of children and teaching other doctors to do the same. Currently a professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville, he is a former faculty member at the University of Kentucky, where he earned his medical degree in 1967. He has held teaching and/or staff positions at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and East Carolina University School of Medicine, and at Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart and the Nemours Children’s Clinic, both in Pensacola, Fla.
William C. Hobgood ’58 was honored for his extensive career in the ministry. He is presently pastor of Bethany Beach (Delaware) Christian Church and has served for 25 years as a pastor and 17 years as a regional minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was elected in 2003 to a two-year term as general minister and president of the Christian Church. He earned a master of divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, a master’s equivalency at George Washington University, and a doctor of ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary. His books include The Once and Future Pastor and Welcoming Resistance.
Lee H. Rose ’58 was recognized for his long and successful career in coaching, teaching, and administration. He was head coach at Transylvania for eight seasons, taking the Pioneers to the NCAA tournament five times, before taking the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Purdue University to the Final Four, winning a national Coach of the Year honor in the process. His NBA career found him with the San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Charlotte Hornets before his current role as assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats. His extensive international coaching experience includes coaching the United States team at the 1985 World University Games in Japan.
Carla Roberts Whaley ’83 was honored for her successful career as a sales and marketing executive in the area of healthcare financing. As vice president of sales for Humana-Kentucky, she has helped position Humana as the largest commercial market shareholder in the state while achieving President’s Club status in 15 of her 17 years with the company. She has held market and corporate-level positions in sales force automation, sales/agent compensation, client reporting, advisory councils, and associate training. She spearheaded development and company-wide deployment of Humana’s first customized Customer Relationship Management program in 2003.