By: Dezaray Barr
Every year, Indiana Wesleyan University gives the Distinguished College of Adult and Professional Studies Alumni Award to an alumnus or alumna of the College who has exhibited excellence in serving his or her profession, community, church, or alma mater in the spirit of Jesus Christ. This year, Chris Daughtry receives this honor.
Daughtry is the Superintendent at Elwood Community School Corporation located in the heart of Indiana. He is currently a Member at Albion Wesleyan Church, but is transitioning to College Wesleyan Church in Marion.
Daughtry graduated from IWU in 2002 with a Master’s in Education and then in 2010 with a Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.
He is currently an active member of the Optimist Club of Elwood and a Board Member of the St. Vincent Mercy Foundation. Daughtry is also the Acting President of the Indiana Small and Rural Schools Association. He has been honored with an Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and as 434th Support Group Airman of the Quarter.
“My IWU education further cemented a sense of ‘service above self’ that was first taught to me by my parents and later reinforced by my service in the U.S. Air Force,” Daughtry said. “My professors at IWU encouraged me to become a true servant leader. It is that foundation of servant leadership that truly guides me in the empowerment of those that I lead and that I serve.”
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU, Dezaray runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.