Dixon Myers, associate director of the university’s Office of Civic Engagement, is the recipient of a 2019 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. The awards are presented by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to recognize demonstrated effectiveness in public service.
Myers was nominated for his work to connect Sewanee students with neighbors both locally and around the world. By creating homes for people in need, giving hundreds of students the chance to serve in communities across the world, and through his efforts to create and amplify connections, Myers has established sustainable programs that will continue to change lives.
“While our current programs in civic engagement employ the labor, love, and energy of many people, all of that enthusiastic and effective connection with the community has its genesis in the work of Dixon Myers,” said Vice-Chancellor John McCardell in his letter nominating Myers. “He is not only a creative force but an amplifying one. Dixon does not just do service; he embodies service.”
“It is an honor to be selected for this award,” said Myers. “My long-term commitment to service and community engagement has been truly life-giving and the University of the South has given me the greatest opportunity to fulfill this. The support of my staff and faculty colleagues, as well as all of the students I have had the great fortune to work with, has been invaluable.”