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Alums Honored at Homecoming Gala

November 1, 2019

by Lucille Spann, FSU Alumni Association, and COSSPP communications staff

While the college honored its 2019 Distinguished Alumni at the University Center Champions Club on Homecoming Weekend, October 25, the Florida State University Alumni Association recognized three other College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP) alumni and other FSU graduates at the Alumni Awards Gala at the Alumni Center Courtyard and Ballroom.

The three COSSPP alums were the recipients the Circle of Gold Award, which is presented to individuals who, through their service and achievements, personify the university’s tradition of excellence. They are:

Keith Carr (B.S. ’90, M.P.A. ’93) is a two-time graduate of FSU, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 1990 and his Master of Public Administration in 1993. Carr has always maintained an active role when it comes to giving back to the university. He currently is a member of the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Nutoshia, established the Keith D. & Nutoshia D. Carr Endowed Scholarship to assist students in paying for their education.

J.D. Doughney (B.S. ’02, M.S. ’03) holds three degrees from Florida State — bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Communication & Information and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. He currently serves as a global client partner at Facebook and credits Florida State University with preparing him to take on challenging leadership roles and diverse business opportunities. He was selected to the FSU Senior Hall of Fame and the Homecoming Court during his senior year, which contributed to his understanding of the valuable role that the FSU Alumni Association plays in the university experience for alumni and current students. To this day, he volunteers his time to assist with special projects for the Alumni Association.

Doby Flowers (B.S. ’71, M.S. ’73) followed in her brother (and fellow COSSPP alum) Fred’s footsteps and enrolled at FSU in 1967. In 1970, she was elected as the university's first African American Homecoming Queen, which marked a political and social shift on campus. Known as a trailblazer for her achievements in breaking down barriers and challenging society’s perceptions of African American women, a bronze statue of Flowers stands on the FSU campus as a symbol of the courage she demonstrated as a leader of the integration movement at the university.

“Homecoming is a time when we welcome back Florida State University alumni, and there’s no better way to do so than honoring these seven graduates,” said Julie Cheney, president and CEO of the FSU Alumni Association. “What’s amazing about FSU alumni is their eagerness and willingness to give back to this top 20 university, which these honorees have done. For that, we are so proud and thankful.”

Also honored at the gala was Melvin Stith, who was presented with the Bernard F. Sliger Award. Named for the 10th president of Florida State University, the Sliger Award is the single highest honor given by the FSU Alumni Association. This award recognizes a member of the university community who has made a major contribution toward the fulfillment of Florida State University’s mission.

In addition, the Alumni Association presented FSU alumni Arthur Fleming, Myrna Hoover and David James Kennedy with the Grads Made Good Award, presented to graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their community or chosen field.


FSU Alumni Association President Julie Cheney, Keith Carr, Doby Flowers, President John Thrasher,
J.D. Doughney and Alumni National Board of Directors Chair Sam Ambrose. (Steve Chase Photography)