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Ken StonerAssociate Vice Chancellor for Student Life Ken Stoner has been named a recipient of the 2011 Parthenon Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers–International (ACUHO-I). The foundation’s most prestigious award, the Parthenon Award recognizes supreme achievement in the profession, outstanding service, leadership, and contributions to the field of student housing.

“Ken’s lengthy and distinguished career in university housing, both at the University of Tennessee and at the University of Kansas, illustrates his unparalleled commitment to the development of college students,” said Tim Rogers, vice chancellor for student life. “This lifetime achievement award is certainly a well-deserved honor signifying his many years of service and contributions to the areas of housing, residential life, and student affairs. Ken’s leadership, dedication, and passion are unsurpassed. I am delighted that he has been awarded membership in the elite Parthenon Society and proud that he is a valued member of the Volunteer family.”

Membership in ACUHO-I’s Parthenon Society is the foremost tribute a housing professional can receive. The Parthenon Award is presented each year to the select ACUHO-I members who exemplify outstanding leadership and outstanding service over time. To be eligible for the award, members must have contributed ten years of service to the housing, residential life, or affiliated profession and five years of service at the regional or international level of ACUHO-I.

In honoring Stoner with the award, organization leaders said that Stoner “has been an active ingredient in fostering change and supporting college and university life since the late 1960s. The magnitude of his contributions is remarkable, making him an obvious choice for this nomination.”

“Dr. Stoner’s housing career has spanned many decades, and the magnitude of his contributions is extremely remarkable,” said Frank Cuevas, executive director for university housing. “We were excited to learn that he would be honored, and those of us who have the good fortune of working alongside Ken know that he is most deserving of his award.”

Before arriving at UT Knoxville in 2006, Stoner spent more than twenty years at the University of Kansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Iowa State University, and a doctorate in educational administration from UT Knoxville. He has served as editor of the Journal of College and University Student Housing and as president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers–International.