February 9, 2015
Moag, Baker, Kent County Backpack Program, Local Journalist McGee, and Others To Receive Awards
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The former chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, the leader behind a community program to feed hungry children, a longtime local journalist, and a top marketing executive are among those who will be honored at this year’s George Washington’s Birthday Convocation.
Distinguished faculty and staff are also slated to receive awards, and the finalists for the annual George Washington Prize (formerly the George Washington Book Prize) will be announced at the event on Feb. 19. After the ceremonies in Washington College’s Decker Theatre, a reception will follow in the Underwood Lobby of the Gibson Center for the Arts, with music provided by the Washington College Jazz Combo.
John A. Moag, Jr. ’77 will receive an honorary doctor of laws. Likely best known as the man who brought NFL football back to Maryland, Moag, as chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, successfully negotiated to bring the Ravens to Baltimore. In addition to overseeing construction of the M&T Bank Stadium for Ravens football, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards for baseball, Moag was later involved in the effort to bring the 2012 Olympics to the Baltimore/Washington area.
Joseph P. Baker, whose 35 years of leadership and management experience in the perishable food business has led to a highly successful community outreach program for hungry children, will receive the President’s Medal. Under his direction since 2010, the Kent County Backpack Program organizes food deliveries that provide weekend meals for those most in need.
Patricia K. McGee ’81, an award-winning writer and local journalist, will also receive a President’s Medal. As associate editor of the Kent County News for 31 years, she consistently tells the stories of those who call Kent County home. She also coaches the Kent County High School field hockey team and serves on the Kent County Board of Education.
Richard L. Creighton ’73 will receive the Alumni Service Award. A Kent County native who graduated from Kent County High School in 1968, Creighton and his wife co-founded The Magazine Group. The custom multimedia marketing company creates digital and print media for dozens of corporations, associations, and institutions, many in education. Before merging with McMurry, a communications agency in Phoenix, in 2013, Creighton’s firm had won more than 600 awards for design and editorial excellence.
The President’s Distinguished Service Awards will go to Lauren Montenegro Littlefield ’91, and Phillip D. Ticknor. Littlefield, chair of the College’s powerhouse Department of Psychology from 2006 to 2015, is an associate professor of psychology who has driven teaching innovation within the department and mentored scores of successful students. Ticknor, assistant to the athletic director for communications and academic support, serves at the Athletics Department’s chief communications officer, and is also liaison with student affairs and various academic offices on campus. Thanks to his efforts, Washington College was the first institution in the Centennial Conference to offer live Internet statistics and play-by-play text for any sport.
The George Washington’s Birthday Convocation on Friday, Feb. 19, will begin at 4 p.m., in Decker Theatre at Washington College’s Gibson Center for the Arts. The public is welcome.