Dr. Lovely
Dr. Lovely Thornton

Congratulations to this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award winner, Dr. Lovely Thornton!

Dr. Lovely Thornton is a 1993 PhD in Education graduate with more than 40 years of work in the various communities in which she has lived around the world. She is the founder and president of Sensible Women Initiative, Inc., an organization that assists ladies from age 5 through 25 with developing professional skills and decision making. She also cofounded Parents Assisting Youth in Germany, and developed a transition program for a Department of Defense School in Misawa, Japan. Dr. Thornton is currently an adjunct faculty member at Towson University in Maryland.

From the nominator: “Dr. Thornton is a dynamic, sensible woman of immense integrity who is committed to service and social change.”

From the judges: “Dr. Thornton has over 40 years of volunteerism, started a nonprofit to help young women develop professionalism, and is an engaging professor in education. She has had a far-reaching impact on positive social change.”

This year we received 33 nominations, representing 13 class years and 27 degree programs.

We applaud the following four finalists for their commitment to effecting positive social change in their communities:

Dr. Tonya Howard Calhoun ’16, PhD in Public Policy and Administration graduate
Alvin Mena Cantero ’15, Master of Science in Nursing graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice student
Dr. Martin K. Logo ’16, PhD in Public Health graduate
Dr. Patricia Spearman ’15, Doctor of Business Administration graduate

The Outstanding Alumni Award is granted each year to a graduate who exemplifies our mission to effect positive social change by making an impact on his or her profession, discipline, or community. The recipient of the award is honored at the Awards Dinner during Commencement Weekend each summer. Nominations for the 2018 award will open in the spring.

Man sitting at latop
Whether looking for information on programs, admissions, or financial aid, we're here to help.
Whether looking for information on programs, admissions, or financial aid, we're here to help.
Talk to your personal enrollment advisor for more information today. Please use our International Form if you live outside of the U.S.
Talk to your personal enrollment advisor for more information today. Please use our Domestic Form if you live in the U.S.
*Required Field
Academic Interests
Required
Required
Contact Information
Required
Required
Invalid email address
Please provide a valid phone number
Required
Please provide a valid zipcode
Required
Additional Information
Required
Get Started

By submitting this form, I understand and agree that Walden University may contact me via email, text, telephone, and prerecorded message regarding furthering my education and that calls may be generated using automated technology. You may opt out at any time. Please view our privacy policy or contact us for more details.

Required