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2022 Mobley Awards celebrate key contributors to UK’s philanthropic mission

Recipients of the 2022 Mobley Awards (from left): Amanda Schagane, Taylor Navis, Lisa Deaton Greer and Don Witt. Not pictured, Mark Stoops.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9. 2022) — On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the University of Kentucky Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement honored five UK employees at the 2022 Terry B. Mobley Philanthropy Awards ceremony. Held in the Gatton Student Center, the Mobley Awards honor Terry Mobley's distinguished advancement career by rewarding staff members and volunteers who have made substantial, impactful contributions to the university’s philanthropic mission.

Each Mobley Award recipient receives a commemorative julep cup, a stipend and recognition on the plaque of award winners in the Sturgill Philanthropy Building. This year’s award winners include:

Front Line Award: Taylor Navis, gift accounting and data specialist

The Front Line Award is presented to a UK Philanthropy, UK Alumni Association or other support staff member to recognize outstanding performance in support of philanthropy efforts at the university.

Rising Achievement Award: Amanda Schagane, associate director, Alumni Career Services

The Rising Achievement Award is presented to a professional staff member who has UK Philanthropy, UK Alumni Association or college/unit philanthropy or alumni relations tenure of fewer than five years, and who demonstrates excellent work performance, significant success and potential of further outstanding achievement and impact as a philanthropy or alumni professional.

Professional Achievement Award: Lisa Deaton Greer, senior director of philanthropy, Grateful Patients and Families

The Professional Achievement Award is presented to a professional staff member who has UK Philanthropy, UK Alumni Association or college/unit philanthropy or alumni relations tenure of five or more years, and who consistently demonstrates excellent work performance and has achieved significant success and impact as a philanthropy or alumni professional.

Philanthropy Service Award: Mark Stoops, UK Football head coach

The Philanthropy Service Award is presented to a UK senior professional, administrator, faculty member or volunteer who has demonstrated extraordinary support for the philanthropy effort at the university, is a strong advocate for philanthropy and is not a full-time UK Philanthropy or UK Alumni Association professional.

Impact Award: Don Witt, assistant vice president for philanthropy

New in 2022, the Impact Award is presented annually to a staff member whose efforts during the calendar year led to a momentous, positive, lasting change at the university.

Terry Mobley graduated from UK in 1965, went to work for IBM in Lexington, then returned to UK in 1977 and served as chief development officer, tasked with recruiting a staff that would fundraise for the university. The previous year, UK had raised $1.6 million. Mobley set his sights higher for his beloved alma mater.

While eating lunch with then-President Lee Todd, Mobley said he planned to launch a $1 billion campaign. Mobley remembered President Todd “nearly falling out of his chair” at the idea. Mobley recruited a first-rate team of fundraisers and support staff. As a result, Mobley achieved his goal of raising $1 billion.

For his work at UK and his service on countless boards, including a stint on the UK Board of Trustees, Mobley became known as the master of creating relationships. Whether it was at home, on the basketball court or at the office, Mobley valued three traits above all else: integrity, credibility and honesty. He took great pride in all he accomplished at UK — the relationships he built with his colleagues and the pathway he paved for the future of philanthropy at the University of Kentucky.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.