Three Francis Marion University alumni were honored with Professional Psychology Awards at an Oct. 10 psychology alumni reception held on the FMU campus.
Receiving the awards were Anita B. Brown (’85, ’90), Dr. John M. Kirby (’72, ’79) and Martha K. Stewart, (’05, ’07). The Professional Psychology Awards, awarded annually since 2007, recognized professional achievements by graduates of FMU’s Department of Psychology. The awards are given jointly by the psychology department and the psychology alumni association. Psychology is one of the university’s leading departments in terms of total graduates, and annually provides a cadre of well-trained professional psychologists to businesses, schools and other institutions in the Pee Dee and beyond.
Kirby, the superintendent of Dillon School District 3, based in Latta, SC, is a graduate of Mullins High School. He earned an associate of science degree from the University of South Carolina, and a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in elementary education both from Francis Marion University. He also earned a doctorate in education administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Brown resides in Dillon, S.C. and is a graduate of Francis Marion University. She’s spent 27 years in counseling and school psychology. Currently, she’s employed by the Lee County School District as Director of Special Programs. Brown earned her bachelor’s in psychology in 1985, and her master’s in applied clinical psychology in 1990.
Stewart owns and operates a private counseling practice in Florence. She also counsels children at the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, provides assessments for various area organizations, and is an adjunct professor at Coker College. Stewart enjoyed an unusual academic career. She attended (what was then) Francis Marion College for 2 1/2 years in the early 1970s, then stopped to get married. Following a 25-year career as a mom and corporate salesperson, Stewart returned to FMU where she chose psychology as her major. She enjoyed it so much that she continued on to graduate school.
FMU Professional Psychology Awards
2007 – Jane H. Lewis
2008 – Connie Mathis
2009 – Johnny R. Willis
2010 – Viola “Vi” Hendley
2011 – Brian C. Denny
2012 – Megan Bryant Temple