Sheila Culwell Middleton of Vandalia, Mo., 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.
A 1991 graduate of William Woods with a degree in business administration, Middleton has worked for Opaa! Food Management since graduation. Opaa! provides meals daily for 42 public schools in Missouri.
She started as a director in a public school and was promoted to regional director of operations overseeing eight school districts. Now she is director of operations, supervising five regional directors who divide the 42 districts.
During her days at William Woods, she was vice president of Chi Omega sorority. She worked in the history department and tutored marketing and macro-economics.
She and her husband, Dean, have a son, Samuel Boyd Middleton, who was born in January. They live south of Vandalia, where they raise soybeans, grain sorghum, wheat and beef cattle.
A member of the National Alumni Board of William Woods for five years, Middleton served as secretary and second vice president. Her other contributions to her alma mater include serving on the Alumni Weekend committee since 1997 and serving on the Ivy Pathway committee.
Middleton is active in other organizations, including the G.F.W.C. Dianthus Club, of which she is the upcoming president, and P.E.O. She is also a member of the First Baptist Church.