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Dean wins Athena award

November 27, 2000

Dr. Carmen Reagan, dean of Austin Peay's college of business, was selected over 15 contenders to receive the 2000 Athena Award on Nov. 17. The award, which was first presented in Clarksville in 1995, recognizes a woman's professional excellence, her community service and her role in helping other women in the community attain success.

Reagan, a memphis native who came to Clarksville to accept a position of professor of marketing in 1988, serves in three prominent roles: dean of APSU's College of Business, chair of the Gateway Health Systems board of directors and member of the First Federal Savings Bank board of directors.

She also has held leadership positions with the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, Weems Academy and Leadership Clarksville.

In addition to her leadership, the committee recognized Reagan's role in the establishment of the Women's Resource Center at APSU, her work to integrate women's issues into the university's business curriculum and her support for other women in leadership positions.

Reagan said she learned a lot about business from watching her uncle, who managed the city's first bus line. On visits to Clarksville, she often went to his office, where bus drivers-- coming in with silver dollars to exchange for bills--sometimes shared their loot with the young observer.

“I still have those silver dollars,” Reagan said.
APSU interim vice president of academic affairs, was a previous recipient of the Athena Award.