Outstanding Alumni Awards

These awards are presented to alumni of whom the college is particularly proud, who have made outstanding accomplishments in their careers and lives, whether in social service, business, or community service, with service to the college one of the many factors considered. Alumni under consideration for this award must have graduated a minimum of ten years ago. Nominations come from faculty, staff, and alumni. Selection is made by the president of the college.

About the 2013 Recipients

James (Jeff) Crowley

Jeff Crowley brought his passion for skiing to JSC, where he helped get a rope tow installed on the campus ski hill, graduated with a degree in Recreation Facilities Management in 1978 and went on to build a successful career in the ski industry. Today he is president of Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Massachusetts, an active volunteer and, of course, an avid skier.

Beth O'BrienBeth O'Brien

With a B.A. in elementary education and a minor in health education from the University of Vermont, Beth started her teaching career in 1990 at Montgomery Elementary School. She earned her master's degree in in educational leadership from Johnson State College in 1995 and went on to become principal of that school, which has seen a dramatic improvement in student achievement — and more — under her leadership. She also teaches in the graduate education program at JSC.

Heather RossHeather Ross

Heather Ross enrolled at Johnson State College in 1988, originally pursuing a degree in political science — but her lifelong love for art and design drew her back to those fields. Today Heather is a renowned illustrator, author and textile designer with a worldwide following. She has written and illustrated a book based on her childhood in Vermont that will be published in the spring.

Angela SmithAngela Smith

Angela Smith, class of 2013, who received her degree through JSC's External Degree Program, is the director of human resources and career services at Burlington College and a part-time faculty member there. She is an expert in career development and employment, a sought-after writer and lecturer, and founder of the Vermont chapter of Bright Pink, which educates women about breast and ovarian health. In 2012, Angela was named one of Vermont's "40 People Under 40" to watch by Vermont Business Magazine.

Pru SullivanPru Sullivan

Prudence Sullivan is the director of culture and workplace innovation at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury. After earning her B.A. from JSC in 1978, she got her start at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she implemented employee programs and ultimately moved into human resources. She later co-founded a consulting firm called The Change Factory, which had such clients as Honda and DuPont nationally and Ben & Jerry's locally, before joining GMCR.