Ashton Sawyers, of Gallatin, received one of two Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Awards during the University of Tennessee at Martin’s spring 2019 commencement exercises. These awards showcase outstanding community and campus service by graduating students and are the only awards given during commencement each semester.
Sawyers received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance during commencement May 4. He is the most recent president of both, UT Martin’s National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Kappa Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Sawyers also served as a senator in the Student Government Association and has worked to strengthen relationships among the university’s three Greek life councils.
He served as a student assistant in the UT Martin Office of Student Life and Multicultural Affairs and was instrumental in the creation of events and programming for minority student populations. During his time as an undergraduate, Sawyers received UT Martin’s Emerging Leader Award (2016), the NPHC Greek Man of the Year Award (2017) and was elected as the university’s first homecoming king in 2018.
Dr. Paul Meek served the UT Martin campus as executive officer, dean, UT vice president or chancellor from 1934 to 1967. This award was originally established and funded by the three Meek children to honor their parents.