Faculty Receive Awards at Commencement


MACON – The following Mercer University faculty members each received an award at Mercer’s commencement May 13 at the Macon Coliseum.

Harold B. Jones Jr. received the Vulcan Award for Teaching Excellence, which is presented annually by the Southeast Division of the Vulcan Material Company to a member of Mercer’s faculty who has made outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning and campus life. Jones, who has been with Mercer since 1997, currently serves as assistant professor of management in Mercer’s Stetson School of Business and Economics, and recently released his first book, Personal Character and National Destiny.
R. Scott Nash received the Spencer B. King Jr. Distinguished Professor Award from Mercer’s College of Liberal Arts. The award, which commemorates the career of King, a distinguished historian and beloved teacher in the College of Liberal Arts for more than 30 years, is presented annually to a faculty member who embodies high standards of scholarship and teaching. Nash, Columbus Roberts associate professor of New Testament, came to Mercer in 1996.
Allen K. Lynch received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. An assistant professor of economics and quantitative methods, Lynch taught at the University of North Florida and worked as a senior demographic research analyst for the Blockbuster Entertainment Group prior to joining Mercer.
Kevin D. Barnett received the School of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award. Barnett, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, joined the faculty of Mercer’s School of Engineering after completing his doctoral work in electrical engineering at Clemson University in August 1993.
Billy J. Slaton received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Tift College of Education. Slaton, an assistant professor of social sciences, joined Mercer in 1996 as coordinator for the criminal justice and applied sociology program. In addition to teaching, he serves as a supervisor for individuals seeking the designation of licensed professional counselor and actively mentors new adjunct instructors in the department of human services of Tift College of Education.
Founded in 1833, Mercer is a 7,300-student, comprehensive, Baptist-affiliated university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Liberal Arts, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, the Tift College of Education, the School of Engineering, the Walter F. George School of Law, the School of Medicine, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the Southern School of Pharmacy and the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology.
Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta, as well as four extended education centers located in Douglas County, Covington, Griffin and Eastman. The University also operates the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins and the Mercer University Press in Macon. For the past 12 years, Mercer has been ranked among the leading universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.