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Dr. Swaim Honored by Alma Mater


Alum Honor: Union President Dr. David Dockery (left) presents the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Dr. Jerol Swaim.
Union University in Jackson, Tenn., has bestowed its Distinguished Alumnus Award upon Dr. Jerol Swaim, president of Williams Baptist College. Swaim was presented the honor Friday, Nov. 4, during Homecoming Chapel at Union.

Swaim, a 1960 graduate of Union, is a native of Newbern, Tenn., and he graduated from high school in Brighton, Tenn.

He has worked at Williams since 1964, when he began teaching US history, American government, economics and sociology at the college. He became academic dean in 1973, and later took on the additional roles of vice president for academic affairs and executive vice president. Swaim was named the fifth president of WBC in 1995.


After graduating from Union, Swaim earned a master of arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1964 and a doctor of education degree from the University of Memphis in 1974. He and his wife, Virginia, have two daughters and a grandson.

"Words cannot express the impact that this college had on my life," Swaim said upon accepting the award. "Union University impacted my life, and I am eternally grateful for what it did."

Swaim was presented the honor by Dr. David Dockery, president of Union.

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