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C-N alumnus Clark Denton receives Pinnacle Award

Alumni | September 24, 2018

Pinnacle Award recipients Clark and Suzanne Denton appear with Carson-Newman University Vice President for Advancement Scott Faulkenberry.

(September 24, 2018) JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Carson-Newman University recognized a loyal supporter, contributor and alumnus, Clark Denton, during the annual Pinnacle Recognition Dinner Sept. 21.

Since graduating in 1992, Denton has remained an active and consistent benefactor to Carson-Newman, including serving on the University’s Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2015.

Moreover, in honor of his parents, Denton and his wife, Suzanne, gave a gift that, in 2016, brought about the Lynn and Lyndsey Denton Gallery, home to the University's Saint John's Bible.

“Clark Denton has been an exceptionally involved, generous member of our Carson-Newman family,” said University President J. Randall O’Brien. “We cannot thank him enough for the commitment he has shown — monetarily, as a trustee and otherwise — to our community.

Denton is the senior partner at Denton Financial Group in Oak Ridge. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Carson-Newman, followed by an MBA at Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University, with a dual emphasis in marketing and management.

His active role in the Carson-Newman family, business acumen and generosity has resulted in a number of recognitions through the years, including becoming a Centurion in 2006 and receiving the 2012 Swann Medallion and 2017 Henderson Medallion awards.

In 1999, he was the Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient, reflecting his accomplishments within his field at an early age.

“This year’s Pinnacle Award recognizes not just Mr. Denton’s generosity, but also his dedication and active service to his alma mater,” said Vice President for Advancement Scott Faulkenberry. “For more than 25 years, he has found ways to routinely demonstrate his support for Carson-Newman. It is a privilege to recognize that commitment.”

The Dentons have three daughters: Emma Grace, Olivia and Phoebe. They are members of First Baptist Church, Knoxville.

Other recognitions presented to Carson-Newman donors and supporters included:

Legacy Award:
• Mary Frederica Harrill
• Keith and Carol Strevel
• Greg Logue
• William and Linda Viel
• L. Harrell and Anna Lee Pendleton (posthumously)

Centurion Award:
• Gregory and Liane Logue
• Pat and Imogene McClary

Swann Medallion:
• Allen and Phyllis Morgan

Fite Medallion:
• Ray and Barbara Bible