Two Union University staff were recently selected as two of the 20 most influential women in West Tennessee.
Jan Boud, assistant to the president for community relations, and Kimberly Thornbury, senior vice president of student services and dean of students, were both awarded Sterling Awards in April.
This award recognizes the most influential women in West Tennessee.
Each year, The Jackson Sun and the Jackson Business and Professional Women select 20 women for this award who influence other women in their community and display creativity and innovation in their professional roles.
Boud has served at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and helped start the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference four years ago, Union’s April 16 press release stated.
“It’s humbling to be included in such a group of outstanding individuals,” Boud said. “Everywhere you look (in Jackson), people give of their personal skills, financial resources, and leadership abilities to create a place that promotes individual growth, which is the backbone of West Tennessee.”
Thornbury has faced challenges, including leading the student services team through the aftermath of a tornado in 2008.
“I am grateful to God for the opportunity to influence and lead, especially other women,” Thornbury said. “If I am a role model in any way, I hope that others see Christ at work in me. Any good that I am able do is a certainly gift from Him.”