St. Andrew's-Sewanee began its alumni awards program in 2005.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given each year to the alumnus or alumna who has achieved excellence in his or her field of endeavor and/or has made outstanding contributions to his or her community, and has brought distinction to them, to their professions and to their alma mater.
This year's recipient is photographer and filmmaker Stephen Alvarez SAS '83. Stephen produces global stories about exploration, adventure, and culture. He has been a National Geographic photographer since 1995, and has published over a dozen stories with the magazine, including the discovery of an ancient Incan mummy in Peru, the deepest cave in the world near the Black Sea, a jungle expedition through Central America's longest cave, and the world below Paris from the Opera to the sewers. He has photographed the moai of Easter Island under the Milky Way, and the panoramic capitals of Europe. His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communications Arts, and his story on the Maya and their religious rituals was exhibited at Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. Stephen has produced stories with National Public Radio, including a story on underground Paris that won a 2012 White House News Photographers Association award. Appearances and lectures include NPR, PBS, and CBS Sunday Morning, as well as the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Shakerag Workshops, National Geographic Live, the Atlanta Photojournalism Festival, the Banff Mountain Centre. Alvarez just returned from a tour through South America with Cengage/National Geographic Learning. He is a founding member of The Photo Society. Stephen lives with his family in Sewanee, Tennessee, and his two children are current students at SAS.
View a video of Stephen and his work.
The St. Andrew's-Sewanee Service Award is given to those individuals who have exhibited exemplary support of and leadership for St. Andrew's-Sewanee School. The ideal recipients shall include both alumni and friends of the school who have over time demonstrated unusual loyalty and service to the school by virtue of their time and talent, and in doing so have served as outstanding role models to current students and to future generations of SAS graduates.
Doug Campbell SMA '59 has served as an SAS trustee for a total of 13 years, provided transformative giving, and served as an integral liaison with Academy alumni. Doug has brought to SAS a wide range of experience in industry and community affairs offering invaluable leadership since 1997. He received his BA in business from John Hopkins University, attended Cornell, and is the former President and CEO of Arcadian Corporation. He was also the Deputy CEO for the British Petroleum Chemicals Company and Directory of GEON Corporation. Doug has completed two full terms on the Board of Trustees, from 1997-2004 and 2007-2013, and has chaired or served on several committees including buildings and grounds, finance, executive, capital campaign steering, and search for new head of school. He was vice president from 1999-2001, and president from 2001-2003. A consecutive donor for nearly 20 years, Doug made the lead gift of $1 million for the much-needed and long-dreamed of Wade Hall for the Sciences. He was also instrumental in helping to procure the Promethean Active Boards for Wade Hall and Simmonds Hall. Doug has made countless visits with SMA alumni, hosted alumni events in Florida, and served as an emissary for SAS. He continues to provide strategic leadership and insight for key business matters; this, combined with his financial support and his devotion to SAS make Doug Campbell the ideal recipient of the 2013 service award. Living iwth his wife Nancy in Naples, Fla., he continues to visit campus regularly.