Shorter University held a special luncheon to announce the award winners for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Each year, the university allows alumni to nominate other alumni for these awards. The awards include the Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
“Alumni weekend was a special weekend for everyone involved,” said Shorter University President Dr. Don Dowless. “We were able to welcome and announce our Distinguished Alumni and present them with their awards. This year’s award winners exhibit excellent qualities and are helping our university move forward. We are blessed and honored to have such amazing alumni.”
The luncheon took place in Eubanks Room on Shorter’s campus. Ben Geiger, a junior Music Education major, and Hannah Frost joined us for the event and performed two musical pieces. Student volunteers helped serve all our special guests and were able to talk with the alumni. Dr. Dowless and Dr. Ben Bruce then presented each alumni winner their award. Alumni were given time to express what their awards meant to them and explained the impact Shorter University has made on their lives.
Alice Reeves is a 1984 graduate and received the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding personal achievement, public service, or accomplishment.
Alice is a native of Fayette County, Georgia; the fifth generation of her family to call the county home. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Shorter College and a master’s degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
2023 marked the 25th Anniversary of her company, Accounting Resources. The business has grown from a home-based business with just a few clients, to a thriving practice of over 750 clients!
In 2008 the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce awarded the Small Business of the Year award to Accounting Resources. In 2021, she received the chamber’s highest honor, Outstanding Businessperson of the Year.
She served as the President of the Fayette County Historical Society from 2008 to 2021. Because of her work with the Fayette County Historical Society, Alice was awarded the 2019 Award for Local History Advocacy from The Georgia Historical Records Council. This state-wide award honored her for advancing our local history.
She has been a board member and officer of the Coweta-Fayette EMC Trust Board from 2006-2010 and 2016- 2022. She is currently on the credentialing committee.
From 2016 to 2020, she served as the Treasurer, Vice President, and President for the McIntosh Charter Chapter of the American Businesswomen’s Association. In 2019 Alice was honored as the Woman of the Year for the McIntosh Charter Chapter.
In 2019, she was appointed by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Fayette County Public Facilities Authority and continues in that position.
Alice and her husband, Bob, are members of New Hope Baptist Church, where they mentor high school seniors as they prepare for college.