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Distinguished Alumni Award

The highest honor bestowed by the College of Charleston Honors College, the Distinguished Alumni Award publicly recognizes Honors College alumni who are noted for their professional achievements, their contributions to society, and their support of the College of Charleston. Honorees have performed exceptional service for the College of Charleston through cumulative contributions or by extraordinary efforts that advance the both the Honors College and the College of Charleston.


Lisa Broome

Lisa Broome, Ph.D '92

Lisa Broome is the Director of Student Services at University of Kentucky's Gaines Center for the Humanities, a part of UK's Academy for Undergraduate Excellence which features programs and opportunities through which students can extend and enrich learning within academic majors, minors, living learning programs, and the core curriculum. At the Gaines Center, Lisa teaches narrative theory in the multidisciplinary Gaines Seminar and advises junior fellows as they develop community-based service-learning projects that range from local to international in scope; she also helps guide senior fellows’ capstone thesis writing. As Associate Director, Lisa also helps develop public programs that serve the university, local, regional, national and international communities, such as the Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues and the Bale Boone Symposium in the Humanities. From 2005 (when she founded the centralized office) until 2011, Lisa coordinated the UK Office of External Scholarships (now called the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards), advising undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines in finding and applying for nationally competitive awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Fulbright Scholarships. She currently serves as UK’s campus liaison to the Clinton Global Initiative University network.

Lisa has taught in the UK Honors Program since 2001 (the same year she did a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Centre College in Danville, KY); her research and teaching interests include literature, the visual arts, and public issues/civic engagement. In addition to courses in Shakespeare and Renaissance poetry, Lisa has taught courses in film, narrative theory, ghost stories, and art; most recently she has been teaching a course called “Art Crime: Approaches to Historical and Contemporary Issues in Cultural Property.” 

Lisa spent her early years in Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, and Tampa, FL, returning to Charleston for her undergraduate degree in English from the College of Charleston Honors Program. She earned an MA in English literature from University of Alabama and PhD in English literature with a concentration on interdisciplinary approaches to the early modern period at the University of Kentucky; her dissertation examined early modern ekphrasis, particularly of tapestries, from 1485 to 1870. 

Lisa is the co-founder of the Kentucky Museum without Walls project, which aims to inventory Kentucky's public art stock for the purposes of education, conservation, and tourism promotion. She is also the co-creator of a smart phone app-map called Take It Artside! that puts local public art, museum, and gallery information at the user’s fingertips. 

2015- Melissa Siegel, Ph.D '03
2014- James G. Hodge Jr., J.D., LLM '89
2013- Howard L. Hall, Ph.D '85
2012- Wills Geils, MD '88
2011- Beth Middleton Burke, J.D. '94
2010- Steve Swanson '89
  1. Graduate of the Honors Program/College at the College of Charleston
  2. Exemplary Professional Achievements
  3. Significant Contributions to Society
  4. Distinguished Service to the Honors College and the College of Charleston