Four Receive Alumni Awards from WWU

Four individuals were honored during Alumni Weekend April 18-20 for their service to William Woods University.

Dr. Victoria Gunn, Jefferson City, Mo., received the Alumni Award of Distinction, designed to honor alumni who have achieved recognition in their chosen field. She graduated summa cum laude in biology from William Woods, and went on to become a dermatologist.


She is a member of the WWU Board of Trustees, and has given the convocation address at WWU. Gunn is active in her community, offering health care clinics and serving on multiple medical boards.


Leslie Verslues, Jefferson City, Mo., was awarded the Green Owl Award, designed to recognize an alumnus who has given years of service to the university. After graduating from WWU, she worked for eight years in admissions, including four as director. She then was a regional account manager for Cingular Wireless. She currently works for the Sallie Mae Foundation.


Verslues is a member and past secretary of the National Alumni Board and has helped coordinate several alumni events. She is also active in her community and her family is the 2008 March of Dimes Ambassador Family.


Marsha Wardlaw Clevenger, Little Rock, Ark., received the Outstanding Service Award for her many years of commitment and support to the university. She worked as senior law clerk for U.S. district judges for 22 years, and now works for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas. She currently serves as Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, protecting children from online predators.


John Schiffman, St. Louis, Mo., was named Honorary Alumnus for his distinguished personal achievement and outstanding community service. A successful businessman, he was comptroller for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in St. Louis. He was the major donor for the Stone-Campbell Apartments and a contributor to the Weitzman Model Courtroom project.