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APSU announces Candlelight Ball Award winners

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier today, the Austin Peay State University Office of Alumni Relations announced the recipients of the 2016 Candlelight Ball Awards. The Wendell H. Gilbert Award will go to Jack B. Turner (’67), president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, and the Spirit of Austin Peay Award will go to Josh Baggett (’05), district engineering technician with Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier today, the Austin Peay State University Office of Alumni Relations announced the recipients of the 2016 Candlelight Ball Awards. The Wendell H. Gilbert Award will go to Jack B. Turner (’67), president of Jack B. Turner and Associates, and the Spirit of Austin Peay Award will go to Josh Baggett (’05), district engineering technician with Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation.

Since 2011, the University has honored two individuals who have supported or brought recognition to APSU through their achievements or contributions. Turner and Baggett will be honored on March 12, 2016, at the Hilton Nashville Downtown during APSU’s Thirty-Second Annual Candlelight Ball. The formal, black tie ball is one of APSU’s premier community events, raising more than $350,000 in scholarship funds.

Turner is the founder of a nationally recognized insurance and financial services firm. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1958, and in 1960, he became a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association for financial professionals. Within three years, he became a Chartered Life Underwriter, and at the age of 27, he was elected the youngest president of the Tennessee Life Underwriters Association. He is a charter member of the Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame, past president of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting and past president of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. He is also a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and chair emeritus for Leadership Middle Tennessee.

Baggett is chairman of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board and a member of the Clarksville Downtown Kiwanis Club and the East Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department. He played football for two years at APSU, and he is an active member of the Governor’s Club, devoting much of his time to supporting Austin Peay Athletics. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville, and he currently serves on the board of the Sigma Chi housing corporation.

For more information on the Candlelight Ball, Contact the APSU Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@apsu.edu or at 931-221-7979.