2021 COE Distinguished Alumni Awards

Since 1985, Florida State University’s College of Education has spotlighted extraordinary alumni during our annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. These alumni are honored for their academic, creative, and humanitarian achievements in a variety of categories.


This year, we are proud to announce that six award winners have been chosen—four alumni will be given the Distinguished Alumni Award, and two alumni who have graduated in the last decade will be presented with the Trailblazer Award:

July 2021 Alumni News

July 26, 2021

Dian Squire

English Education B.S. '04

Dian SquireDian Squire was promoted to associate professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing. In addition, he was also named the first associate dean of inclusive excellence.  




July 21, 2021

Christopher Stanley

Sport Psychology M.S. '04

Remembering Lou Brown

Dr. Lou Brown (special education and vocational rehabilitation Ph.D. ’69) passed away earlier this month. Brown had a tremendous impact on special education, transforming not just the field, but countless lives during his storied career.

April 2021 Alumni News

April 19, 2021

Billy Epting

Educational Leadership & Administration M.S. '94

Billy Epting was named the Florida Association of School Administrators' Principal of the Year. Epting is the principal of Leon High School in Tallahassee. He was given the award during a surprise ceremony, which is available to watch on Facebook here.


April 8, 2021

Neal Golden

Mathematics Education Ph.D. '77