COLUMBIA, S.C. (Oct. 11, 2018)—Hammond, an independent school offering students pre-kindergarten through grade 12 a thoughtfully developed academic experience, has named Reba Campbell its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and Andy Folsom its 2018 Young Alumni Award recipient.
Each year, representatives of Hammond's Alumni Council select recipients of the Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Awards. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Hammond alums, who over time have achieved excellence in their field of endeavor, demonstrated exceptional loyalty or service in their personal or professional lives, and in doing so, have served as excellent role models for all Hammond alumni, students and future generations of graduates.
2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Reba Campbell (Class of 1979)
The 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Reba Hull Campbell. Campbell is deputy director the Municipal Association of South Carolina. She joined the association in 2005 and became deputy executive director in 2008. Her primary focus at the association is leading advocacy, outreach, communications and research strategies on behalf of South Carolina cities and towns. Campbell’s experience on the front lines of politics and policy development in Washington, D.C. and South Carolina includes more than 10 years as a press secretary and lobbyist on Capitol Hill; fundraising and campaign leadership positions for local, state and federal candidates; director of a statewide foundation; and lobbyist for the state’s public television network for 10 years.
Campbell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications where she remains involved mentoring students. Currently, she is president of the South Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and she serves on several Midlands-area boards.
The Young Alumni Award was established in 2016 to recognize a young alum whose achievements positively reflect Hammond School. Award recipients must be 40 years or younger and are making a significant impact in their industry. Leaders in their profession and community, the Young Alumni Award recipient should possess an unmistakable tradition of achievement and truly make a difference in their community and profession.
2018 Young Alumni Award Recipient, Andy Folsom (Class of 1999)
The 2018 recipient of the Young Alumni Award is Andy Folsom. Folsom is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. After practicing law in Atlanta for several years, he returned to Columbia to work for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Currently he is an assistant vice president in charge of acquisitions and strategic investments and also the president of a subsidiary company, Companion Capital Management. Folsom currently serves as the chairman of the board for the United Way of the Midlands. He also is the president of Salute from the Shore, a non-profit formed to honor the military. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Riverbanks Zoo Society, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
“We are proud of the ways all of our graduates are serving their communities and professions,” said Chris Angel, headmaster of Hammond School. “Campbell and Folsom are shining examples of what we hope for all Hammond graduates.”
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About Hammond School
Hammond School embraces a future-focused philosophy. The school is committed to instilling in students academic excellence, harnessing the power of curiosity, and helping develop empathetic and global leaders through a well-rounded curriculum. With that goal in mind, the Innovation Center inspires curiosity and uniquely gives students opportunities to explore and collaborate.