The 2023 Lyman T. Johnson Award Recipients Illuminate the Path to a Brighter Future

In the heart of the University of Kentucky, the torch of excellence is ablaze, casting a brilliant light on the remarkable achievements of two exceptional individuals. Marilyn Clark and Jordan Droege, recipients of the 2023 Lyman T. Johnson Torch Awards, nominated by the Gatton College of Business and Economics, stand as beacons of inspiration in their respective endeavors.

Marilyn Clark: Shaping a More Inclusive Future

Marilyn Clark, an ‘18 alumna of the Gatton EMBA program, is a powerful advocate for diversity and inclusion, has been bestowed with the prestigious 2023 Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award. This accolade celebrates her unwavering commitment to creating a more inclusive environment within the University of Kentucky and beyond. 

In her role as the Economic Inclusion Manager at the University of Kentucky, Marilyn Clark leads initiatives that promote inclusivity across the institution. She collaborates with various departments and procurement teams to integrate minority, women, veteran, disabled, and LGBTQ-owned businesses into the university's supply chain. In addition, Ms. Clark leads the Equitable Economic Development Committee, a subcommittee of the University of Kentucky’s Economic Development Collaborative. Marilyn's tireless dedication to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion sets a shining example for all.

Jordan Droege: Lighting the Way to Academic and Personal Excellence

Jordan Droege's exceptional academic achievements and her commitment to empowering her peers have earned her the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer award. Jordan, a dual-degree student at UK, is pursuing a BS in Accounting and a BBA in Finance, and a minor in Business Data Analytics all while maintaining an impressive cumulative 3.7 GPA across both demanding majors.

Beyond excelling academically, Jordan has taken on numerous leadership roles within student organizations, demonstrating her commitment to holistic personal development. She has contributed significantly to organizations like Alpha Phi and Gatton's Finance Society, all while completing prestigious internships with MiddleGround Capital and UBS Investment Bank. She currently works with the University of Kentucky Endowment Portfolio Management group placing equity trades.  

These remarkable women embody the spirit of faith, hard work, and determination that Lyman T. Johnson himself exemplified. Their achievements not only celebrate their individual successes but also illuminate the path to a brighter, more inclusive future for all.