Alumni Medalists

Why we're all proud to be Maroons

The Roanoke College Medal recognizes outstanding alumni whose professional accomplishments, community engagement and service to the College represent the ideals of leadership, integrity and citizenship that we, as Maroons, hold dear.

The medal is a bronze cast of the College seal. It symbolizes the lifetime accomplishments of the champions of Roanoke College—her alumni.

Norm and Jo Fintel - Alumni Medalists 2017

Dr. Norman D. Fintel, Roanoke's eighth president, was known for his extraordinary work growing and enhancing the College, from the size of its student body to its endowment to major building and expansion projects. He started the Honors Program and he strengthened Roanoke's relationship with the Lutheran Church.

Jo Fintel spent her time traveling thousands of miles with her husband on behalf of the College, and she welcomed many guests and dignitaries into their home. She also volunteered in the community with the Achievement Center and its Foundation.

An anonymous donor named Fintel Library for Norm and Jo Fintel in 1991.

David and Susan Gring - Alumni Medalists 2017

While president, Dr. David M. Gring focused on strengthening the student body. Financial aid improved dramatically, more scholarships were awarded based on academic competition, and the student body became more diverse. Roanoke was named one of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News & World Report and, in 2004, Roanoke gained a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Susan Gring was devoted to her role as first lady at Roanoke, hosting events and traveling with her husband to alumni events around the country. She did this while she maintained her career in health care, including her role as the executive director of the Carilion Foundation.