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KNOXVILLE — A longtime student adviser and member of the alumni affairs staff has won a prestigious national award. Mary Holtman-Reed, director of alumni programs and adviser to the Student Alumni Associates (SAA), was presented with the Outstanding Advisor Award by the Affiliated Student Advancement Program (ASAP).

Mary Holtman-Reed
Mary Holtman-Reed, second from the right, poses with student alumni associates after receiving the Outstanding Advisor Award.

Holtman-Reed was presented the award at the annual ASAP conference held in Nashville in August. Holtman-Reed specializes in alumni programs for UT‘s undergraduate students. She directs the Volunteer Alumni Network Program, a student recruitment program throughout Tennessee; the Senior Gift program which encourages students in their final year to contribute toward a gift to the university; and the university‘s award-winning Student Alumni Associates (SAA) program. Under her leadership, the SAA program has won eighteen regional and national awards for excellence, as well as three outstanding UT campus organization citations.

Holtman-Reed, a UT graduate, has been on the alumni affairs staff since 1993 and is credited as an effective mentor to undergraduates. Current and former students say she has helped them successfully navigate college life, advising them on their career aspirations and keeping in touch with them after graduation.

“She knows everyone and everyone knows Mary,” said Brad Akard, a 2002 UT logistics graduate. “I believe in SAA so much and I am proud to support it financially with my private gifts.”

Holtman-Reed has been active in community involvement. As a two-time cancer survivor, she has accepted leadership roles in the Race for the Cure and chaired Knoxville‘s event in 2001. She and her husband, retired navy Captain Marty Reed ’67, live in Knoxville.

ASAP is sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and is the preeminent organization for students seeking to advance higher education and their university or college on a national level. The organization promotes student leadership skills and fosters student involvement in all areas of university advancement, including alumni relations, fundraising, and marketing.

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