The Distinguished Service Medal is given annually during commencement exercises to recognize those individuals who have given selflessly to the college. This year, the college recognizes Rhodes Trustee Arthur W. Rollins ’81 of Atlanta, Georgia.
Rollins will be presented with his award at an in-person ceremony on a date to be determined. The graduating Class of 2020 will be celebrated during a virtual ceremony on May 16.
“Over the years, Art Rollins has been absolutely unwavering in his support for Rhodes College. We are grateful for the many hours of service that Art Rollins has contributed to the Rhodes Board of Trustees. His steadfast commitment, his always thoughtful approach, and his sound leadership have served the college well. Rhodes is a stronger place for his many contributions,” shared Cary Fowler, Chairman of the Rhodes Board of Trustees.
Rollins served his alma mater as a member of the Rhodes Board of Trustees during the tenure of three Rhodes presidents: James H. Daughdrill, Jr., William E. Troutt and Marjorie Hass. During his twenty-one years of service, Rollins held leadership positions including both Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Board. His committee service included membership on the Board Directions and Leadership, Enrollment, Development, Trusteeship, Student Learning, and Finance Committees. In addition, Rollins served as President of the Charles E. Diehl Society, as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Campaign for Rhodes, and as the president of the Atlanta Rhodes Alumni Association.
He is the father of Caroline Rollins, a graduate of the Rhodes class of 2013.