Pitts earns 'Mr. Governor' honor from APSU

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

By John I. Carney

Staff Writer

Dan Pitts of Lewisburg has been named 2015 Mr. Governor by Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

The Mr. and Madam Governor awards, given each year since 1951 by Austin Peay's Student Government Association, honor the school's outstanding male and female graduating seniors. Brenda Andring of Bristol, Tenn., was named Madam Governor. The awards were given at a ceremony on April 15.

Pitts, when the Tribune contacted him on Friday, said he would be graduating this spring with a degree in mathematics.

"13 days from now -- but who's counting?" he said.

He hopes to become an officer in the U.S. Air Force. The former home-schooled student is an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys cycling and reading. He specifically cited local pharmacist Mike Keny as one of his inspirations.

According to the APSU website, graduating seniors must have a 3.0 grade point average, must be involved in extracurricular activities and must have held at least one leadership position in order to be considered for the award. Pitts has been vice president of student government for the current academic year at Austin Peay.

The recipients are chosen from among all applicants by a committee composed of a faculty member, a staff member, and three student senate members.

Pitts is at least the second Marshall County student to be similarly honored this month, following Kelsey Keny, who was one of nine University of Tennessee at Knoxville students to receive that school's "Torchbearer" award.