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2016 Distinguished Alumni/ae Award

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, alumni/ ae, friends, and supporters of Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Graduate Department of Religion joined Dean Emilie M. Townes for a celebration dinner honoring the 2016 Distinguished Alumni/ ae award recipients.  

2016 Distinguished Alumni/ae Award Honorees

Harold M. Love

Representative Harold M. Love, Jr., MTS '98

2016 Divinity School Distinguished Alumni/ae Award Recipient

Representative Harold M. Love, Jr., M.T.S. '98, was born in Nashville to the late Rep. Harold M. Love Sr. and Mary Y. Love. He attended Metro Nashville public schools and graduated with honors from Whites Creek High School. He enrolled at Tennessee State University, where he marched in the Aristocrat of Bands and was active in his school's chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and finance with a minor in political science in 1994. He earned a master of theological studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1998. 

Representative Love will be honored for his civic and religious leadership through several board and council memberships and for founding the Harold M. Love, Jr. Leadership Academy. This pilot summer program for boys ages 9 to 11 promotes higher education, nutrition and healthy habits, and responsible citizenship.


Father Edward Monk Malloy

Reverend Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., PhD’75

2016 Graduate Department of Religion Distinguished Alumni/ae Award Recipient 

Reverend Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, C.S.C., PhD’75, was born in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Notre Dame in 1963 and 1967. He also received a second master's degree in theology in 1969 while studying for the priesthood. Malloy has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1974, and was ordained to the priesthood in the Sacred Heart Basilica on that campus in 1970. He earned a doctorate in Christian ethics from Vanderbilt in 1975.

Father Malloy is president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. In 1998, Vanderbilt established the Edward A. Malloy Chair in Catholic Studies (currently held by Bruce Morrill, PhD, professor of Theological Studies). He will be honored for his service to the Catholic Church and higher education, and his leadership efforts to promote community service and combat substance abuse, including being a founding director of the Points of Light Foundation.

About the Distinguished Alumni/ae Award

Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Graduate Department of Religion recognize distinguished alumni/ae whose accomplishments and contributions have had a broad impact and positive effect in various forms of ministry and scholarship.  

  • The Divinity School award is given to someone who has demonstrated excellence and distinction in justice making through their work in congregational ministry, religious institutions, ecumenical organizations, community –based organizations, government, or other social institutions.
  • The Graduate Department of Religion award is given to someone whose scholarship, teaching, or research has advanced the understanding of religion and its formative impact in the world.

 View previous recipients of the Distinguished Alumni/ae Award.