The college of business at Austin Peay State University recently announced the Carmen C. Reagan outstanding leader awards.

The peer-nominated award honors one external community leader, a faculty or staff member and a student whose outstanding involvement with the Austin Peay college of business and its mission to enhance the university and the Clarksville community. This year’s recipients are:

• Dong Nyonna, chair and professor of finance in the college of business, was named outstanding university leader. Nyonna was nominated for his unifying efforts to advance the AACSB accreditation of the college of business and for his involvement with the Larry W. Carroll Govs fund, a student-managed investment portfolio.

• Business student Tyelisa Rubio was named outstanding student leader. Rubio was nominated for her active participation with organizations such as Alpha Gamma Xi Sorority, NAACP, the National Society for Leadership and Success and more. Rubio is also engaged in her classes and maintains a strong grade-point average.

• Ashley Williams, project manager of human resources strategy and support for HCA Healthcare, was named outstanding community leader. Williams was nominated for her engagement in planning and executing events for the college of business alumni chapter and for her leadership and invaluable guidance to potential Austin Peay students.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to this year’s award recipients, Dr. Dong Nyonna, Tyelisa Rubio and Ashley Williams,” said Mickey Hepner, dean of the college of business. “Thank you for your exemplary leadership and contributions to the college of business at Austin Peay and to the community of Clarksville.”

The Carmen C. Reagan outstanding leader awards were established to honor community and university leaders whose involvement has strengthened the college of business. Reagan is a former dean of the college, as well as a community volunteer and philanthropic leader.

The Austin Peay college of business is a teaching-focused business school committed to student success, while serving the Clarksville and Nashville metropolitan areas. The college strives to push students beyond the textbook and help them explore their passions to empower graduates to compete in a global economy.