Alumnus of the Year
PILLOW ACADEMY ALUMNI: Alumnus of the Year Award
The Alumni of the Year Award recognizes graduates who have achieved professional excellence and leadership. This individual is someone who has notable distinction in and significant contributions to their community. They have achieved outstanding personal, business or professional achievement. They are committed to Pillow Academy’s mission of growing in knowledge, wisdom, and service. Candidates must have graduated before 1985.
2018 Alumnus of the Year
Mr. Russell Robertson, PA Class of 1983, has been selected as the 2018 Alumnus of the Year. Mr. Robertson is currently the vice-president of human resources at Staplcotn in Greenwood.
As a student at Pillow in the early ’80s, his athletic accomplishments as well as his coaching ability earned him a spot in Pillow’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Robertson played basketball and baseball and ran cross-country while a student at PA. He was named MVP for the north division all-stars his senior year in baseball.
After graduating from DSU, Mr. Robertson returned to Pillow Academy as a teacher and coach. Mr. Robertson loved math and taught middle school math and then moved on to higher level math classes for students in grades 9-12. He began coaching 7th and 8th girls and boys at Pillow in almost every sport. Later he went on to varsity sports where he led his teams to win championships in girls softball – both slow-pitch and fastpitch. “Coach Robertson” was known for his caring attitude and for always wanting every student to be the best person possible. To recognize his contribution to PA, the softball field was named in his honor – Robertson Field. Mr. Robertson began what has now become an annual event at Pillow – Veterans Day. He wanted every student to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices veterans and their families make for our country. As the high school principal, Coach Robertson supported the students in the classroom, as a coach and even as a fan on the sidelines. For students, he had open-door policy – he would leave a meeting anytime a student needed help. The students were always first!
Mr. Robertson went on to serve PA as head of school from 2000 to 2006. He was a great leader – always ready with a kind word or a word of encouragement.
Congratulations Mr. Russell Robertson!
Alumnus of the Year Recipients:
2018 – Mr. Russell Robertson- Class of 1983
2017 – Mr. Bobby (Bejae) Windham and Mr. Tate Wood -Class of 1983
2016 – Honoring all recipients at PA’s 50 Year Celebration
2015 – Ms. Kathy Clark – Class of 1972
2014 – Mr. Richard Kimmel – Class of 1979
2013 – Dr. Rob White – Class of 1974
2012 – Dr. Eleanor Gill – Class of 1978
2011 – Dr. John F. Lucas III – Class of 1973
2010 – Mrs. Elizabeth “Olie” Ola Martin – Class of 1974
2009 – The late Dr. Maxine Harper – Class of 1974
2008 – Mr. David Abney – Class of 1973
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