About Us


Columbus State University is proud of the many accomplishments of the over 30,000 alumni across the country and around the world! In an effort to recognize a few of these alumni each year, CSU and the CSU Alumni Association participate in or award a variety of recognitions annually. Learn more about each award and how you can nominate a deserving graduate.

Thomas Y. Whitley Distinguished Alumnus Award

Frank D. Brown Achievement Award

Alumni Recognition Awards

Recognition By College




Whitley Society

Join the CSU Whitley Society by making your gift of $19.58 today! Supporting the CSU Whitley Society will create scholarships awarded by the Alumni Association to help current students and alumni returning to school with tuition and book costs. As a member of this society, you will be awarded the CSU Whitley Society pin. Join today by completing the form.

Dr. Thomas Y. Whitley, the founding president of Columbus State University was appointed to establish Columbus College in May of 1958. Under his leadership, he successfully advocated a move from two-year, junior college status to senior college status in 1965. By his retirement in 1979, then Columbus College was awarding master’s degrees in education and business and enrollment had grown to over 4,400 students.

Dr. Whitley believed in providing quality education and made significant investments in faculty, facilities and in establishing the Columbus College Foundation that would help students with financial assistance. In his honor, the CSU Whitley Society is being formed to continue his legacy of providing financial assistance to current students and CSU alumni that are returning to further their education.