Tuesday night at a banquet attended by nearly 600 people, the Columbus State University Alumni Association announced that it is establishing the Frank D. Brown Achievement and Leadership Excellence Award, named after the school's retiring president.
The award will go to a person or organization that shows strong support for Columbus State.
Brown, who retires June 30, was given the Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The association suspended its rules and gave the award to a non-CSU graduate for the first time.
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"This is the most special award I can receive," Brown said.