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James Farley
James Farley

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Alumni Association will host the 74th annual Alumni Awards Banquet Saturday, April 9, on the Huntington campus.

One distinguished alumnus, four other outstanding alumni and one distinguished faculty member will be among those honored at events April 8-9.  Alumni awards will be given to James L. Farley of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rick Slater of Charleston, W.Va.; Christopher Sizemore of St. Albans, W.Va.; the Rev. Samuel Moore of Huntington, W.Va.;  Dr. Caroline A. Perkins of Huntington, W.Va., and posthumously to Dr. Roscoe Hale Jr. of Huntington.


The Distinguished Alumnus Award, given to an alum for outstanding national achievement in his or her particular field of endeavor, will be awarded to Farley, a graduate of Marsh Fork High School, who earned his B.B.A. degree from Marshall in 1965 and his master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1967.

He is the president, managing partner and co-founder of Nursing Care Management of America Inc., a privately held health care company with ownership and management of long-term care nursing facilities and home health and hospice care companies in several states.

Professionally, he served as a hospital executive for 13 years, including serving as assistant administrator of Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, and as administrator of Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, W.Va. He was president of the West Virginia Hospital Association in Charleston, W.Va., for two years and president of the 11-state Southeastern Hospital Conference with its regional office located in Montgomery, Ala.

He served on the Ohio Health Care Administrators Licensure Board in Columbus for six years, including four years as chairman.  He was honored as the Most Outstanding Young Hospital Administrator in the nation with the Hudgens Award in 1977 by the American College of Hospital Executives.

Farley served on the board of the American College of Health Care Administrators for 10 years and was elected national president and chairman of that organization, serving from 1989 to 1990. In southwest Ohio, he assisted several universities with their health care administration programs, including service on the advisory boards of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati and as a lecturer and preceptor at Miami University.

Highly active in civic and community organizations, he served as president of his local Chamber of Commerce, a bank director, and a member of the Rotary Club. Farley has served in many capacities as a volunteer in the tennis community at the local, regional and national levels.  He served as president of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association for four years and chaired various committees of the GCTA, the Ohio Valley Tennis Association and the USTA/Midwest Tennis Association.

In 2010, Farley was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors and in 1990, the Jim and Bobbie Farley family was selected by the United State Tennis Association as the National Tennis Family of the Year.


Farley has served Marshall University in a variety of ways, including serving as National President of the Marshall University Alumni Association from 1973 to 1975. In 1980, the Marshall University Alumni Association honored him with the Distinguished Community Service Award.


Slater, who earned his B.S. degree from Marshall, will receive the Distinguished Service to Marshall award. Currently serving as the chair of the advisory board for the Lewis College of Business, he is a corporate tax consultant and Managing Member of Dixon Hughes West Virginia.


Slater and Dixon Hughes helped Marshall’s accounting department become one of only 169 programs in the world to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).   In addition, Slater helped Dixon Hughes form the Passion & Excellence Scholarship, which is awarded to outstanding accounting majors at Marshall and West Virginia University each year. Dixon Hughes also hosts an internship program each summer at which the majority are often from Marshall.

Slater and other Dixon Hughes staff members regularly donate time and resources to the professional development of Marshall’s accounting students. Dixon Hughes donated laptops to the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) honor fraternity to assist its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Slater was named BAP’s Business Professional of the Year for 2009.

Sizemore, who received his M.B.A. degree from Marshall, will receive the Young Alumni Award. He is the CEO of Loop Pharmacy in St. Albans, W.Va.

Sizemore is active in organizations in his community and state, in addition to the alumni association. In his local area, he serves as chair of the United Way, as secretary of the St. Albans Rotary Club and as a member of the St. Albans Chamber of Commerce.  Statewide, he is a member of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Birth-to-Three Task Force.

Along with his wife, Melissa, he is active in the National Hydrocephalus Association, working toward a cure for the condition that affects the couple’s 3-year-old son, Andrew.

Moore, who earned his M.A. in education from Marshall, will receive the Community Achievement Award.  Retired from the Cabell County Schools, he is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.  He has served as pastor of Full Gospel Mission (later changed to Full Gospel Assembly) since 1983.

Moore currently sits on the Board of Directors for Cabell Huntington Hospital, serving on multiple committees, and is secretary of the Black Pastors Ministerial Association.  His efforts have gained him recognition in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Who’s Who Among American Teachers; Outstanding Young Men in America; and as Tri-Cities African-American Citizen of the Year. In 2001, he was one of two teachers from West Virginia named to receive the prestigious Milken Family Foundation Educator Award.

Perkins, a member of the Marshall faculty since 1988, will be awarded the Carolyn B. Hunter, Distinguished Faculty Service Award.  She currently serves as chair of the Department of Classics, as well as interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages. She is co-author of two textbooks on the Roman poet Ovid, and has published a number of articles on Ovid and the Roman historian Tacitus.

Perkins previously served on the faculties of St. Bonaventure and Northwestern universities. She earned her B.A. in classics with honors from McGill University in 1973, her M.A. from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1975, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1984.

Hale, who died in October, will receive the College of Education and Human Services Distinguished Alumni and Friends award posthumously. He received both his bachelor’s degree (in 1956) and his master’s degree (in 1960) from Marshall. He was also a longtime faculty member in the School of Education until his retirement in 1990. He served as chair of the secondary education faculty and later as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

The Alumni Club of the Year award goes to the River Cities Alumni Club based in Huntington.  This group of energetic alumni have shown to be innovative and dedicated in their attempts to promote Marshall University during events and activities they have hosted.


The Cam Henderson Scholarship Award, given to a student athlete at Marshall University, will be awarded to baseball player Benjamin M. Jurevicius.

The alumni awards banquet will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. It will be preceded by the President’s Social from 6 to 7 p.m. on the plaza of the Memorial Student Center.  For further information, persons may call the Marshall University Alumni Association at 304-696-2901.