SJR State to present distinguished alumni awards

St. Johns River State College (SJR State) will present the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Thursday, October 3.

This year’s ceremony will be held at The River House in St. Augustine, honoring six alumni from St. Johns County who have made an impact on their respective industries and communities.

The College introduced the awards in 2018 during its 60th anniversary and will continue the tradition each year, alternating between counties within its service district. The Distinguished Alumni Awards brings alumni, faculty, staff and the community together to celebrate the professional and personal achievements of the recipients.

The event is presented by the SJR State Foundation and includes a cocktail reception and dinner. All guests are encouraged to purchase tickets to the event by Sept. 26. Tables and sponsorships are also available.

The alumni being recognized for 2019 are:

Judge John M. Alexander (’74), 7th Circuit Administrative Judge for Family Court

Margo Cox Pope (’68), Journalist, St. Augustine Record

Greg Baker (’67), Chairman, Thompson Baker Agency, Insurance/Financial Services

Sheriff David B. Shoar (’87), St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office

Rebecca A. Faunce-O’Leary, DMD, PA, (’85), President, Antigua Orthodontics


Doug Wiles (’72), President, Herbie Wiles Insurance

In 1958, SJR State began serving the Putnam County community with just 191 students. The college has expanded to serve the communities of St. Johns and Clay counties and now serves approximately 11,000 students.

To purchase tickets, visit or for more information, call 386-312-4222.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020