Kelly Ballard of Gaithersburg, Md., received the Green Owl Award during Alumni Weekend at William Woods University, April 19-21.The Green Owl Award was first presented in 1961 to honor those alumni who have given meritorious service to the alumni association and the university.
Since graduating from William Woods in 1984 with a B.A. in business administration, Ballard has worked for the Comptroller of the Currency as a national bank examiner. Originally from Overland Park, Kan., she is now working in the treasury and market risk unit of the headquarters office in Washington, D.C.
Ballard comes from a family with a long history of ties to William Woods, but she showed her independence by beginning her college life elsewhere. Transferring to William Woods in her junior year, she worked in the financial aid office and the bookstore, where she was an assistant manager through the Trustee Workship Scholarship Program.
Active in Alpha Chi Omega social sorority and Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity during college, Ballard was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and Outstanding Young Women.
Despite high travel and a few moves, she has remained involved with both William Woods and her national sorority. While living in Tulsa, she coordinated several alumni gatherings and represented William Woods at local college fair nights. She served as a member of the National Alumni Board for several years and held the position of treasurer.