The Butler University Alumni Association Board of Directors will honor six outstanding alumni – including the mayor of Carmel, Ind., and an Indiana basketball legend – for their extraordinary professional achievements and service to both the University and their communities at the annual Alumni Recognition Dinner held on Saturday, May 5. Those interested in attending can contact the alumni office at (800) 368-6852, ext. 9946.
The awards and recipients are as follows:
- Butler Medal to Judy Johnson ’61.
- Butler Service Medal to Jack Eaton ’55.
- Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award to Jenna Daugherty ’04.
- Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award to Elizabeth Newton ’03.
- Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award to Jim Brainard ’76.
- Katharine Merrill Graydon Alumni Service Award to Bobby Plump ’58.
Judy JohnsonJohnson is a retired senior counsel at Hunton & Williams LLP, where she focused her practice on employee benefits such as tax-qualified employee benefit plans, deferred compensation, executive compensation and welfare plans.
Outside of her professional work, Johnson has held numerous leadership roles, including positions at Butler and Southern Methodist University (SMU). At SMU, she served as the president and fund chair of the Law Alumni Association at the Dedman School of Law, and as a member of the SMU Board of Visitors/Executive Committee.
Her leadership roles at Butler have included serving as a member of the Butler Board of Trustees and chair of Butler’s Academic/Student Affairs Committee. Johnson is a Southwestern Medical Foundation trustee and a trustee emerita of Butler.
Jack EatonEaton taught music at high schools across the country for several years beforelanding a spot as a professor of Butler’s then Jordan College of Music (now the Jordan College of Fine Arts). Years later he was named Dean of the college,a positionhe helduntilhis retirementin 1996.
Prior to becoming dean, Eaton was the Butler Chorale director and a private piano teacher. In this role, he organized Butler’s first swing choir known as “The Butler Pizazz.”
Now a professor emeritus, Eaton has accompanied choruses at local senior living facilities, served as the pianist for special events at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, sung in the church choir and accompanied the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, all in his spare time.Jenna DaughertyIn her role as a manager of corporate relations at medical device and pharmaceutical company, Abbott, Daugherty serves as a staff resource to corporate executives, helping them advance strategic programs. She also manages a museum onAbbott’sproperty and leads internal and external communications about corporate initiatives.
Outside of her professional work, Daugherty is a committed volunteer, and currently serves as the vice chair of the auxiliary board of the Ronald McDonald House (Chicago), and as a specialist advisor to the Delta Gamma chapter at William Woods. She also serves as the co-president of Butler’s Chicago Alumni Chapter. Elizabeth Newton Newton is the founder and executive director of Allowance for Good, a non-profit that serves to inspire change among American youth to teach them to become “the next generation of engaged global givers and citizens.”
In addition to her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and business studies from Butler, Newton holds a master’s degree in International Comparative Education from Stanford University. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked in various capacities with the Center for GlobalBusiness and the Economy and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Newton has also worked with the Institute for International Education, Net Impact as an AmeriCorps VISTA and has volunteered with Global Glimpse.
Newton served on Butler’s Alumni Board of Directors from 2007 to 2011.
Jim BrainardBrainard is Carmel’s first five-term mayor. Under his leadership, Carmel has grown in population from 32,000 to more than 80,000. He has worked hard to increase and preserve park land, green-space and trails. He also has focused on building cultural landmarks, culminating in the creation of an Art & Design District in Carmel.
Brainard recently completed a book entitled “Carmel, ‘round about right,” which shares the story of the redevelopment that has taken place in the city during his administration.
Brainard serves as the co-chair of the Energy Independence and as one of 13 trustees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Bobby PlumpPlump, a chartered financial consultant at Bobby Plump & Associates, was a member of the Butler men’s basketball and baseball team. He was part of the East-West Basketball All-Star Team that played in Madison Square Garden in 1958, and was voted basketball’s “Most Valuable Player” for both his junior and senior year.
In the years following his Butler basketball career, Plump earned numerous accolades including: earning a spot in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame; being voted one of the “50 Greatest Sports Figures from Indiana in the past century” by Sports Illustrated magazine; and, being voted the #1 Butler Basketball Player of all time in a 2007 poll conducted by the Indianapolis Star.
Plump has served as the president of Butler’s Alumni Association and the Men’s Basketball Association.