ABC-SE Clarice Brantley Service Award

Endowed by Clark Ford and Members of the Southeast Region


Dr. Clarice P. Brantley was a well-respected business communication expert, educator, and textbook author.  Serving the Escambia County School System, Pensacola, Florida, she also taught communication at Pensacola Junior College, now Pensacola State College.

She was also a very special person to many ABCers, but especially to those of us in the Southeast Region. Ever-present at ABC conferences, Clarice ensured new members felt welcomed and became involved, she delivered cutting-edge presentations that challenged us to think differently about business communication, and she played a significant role in the association for several years.

Clarice, along with Clark Ford—a personal friend of Clarice and her husband—hosted the 1995 and 2000 regional conferences in Nashville as well as several events at a number of regional conferences after 2000, such as the ever-popular ice cream social. When Clarice passed away in 2009, Clark led the effort to establish the “Clarice Brantley Service Award” to recognize members’ long-term service and significant support of the Southeast region.


Members of the ABC-SE region who have demonstrated significant outstanding service to the region specifically and to the organization in general, but who have not received the award in the past, are eligible.


The ABC-SE Regional Vice President serves as the chair of the selection committee. Nominations are solicited from the membership and are ranked by past award recipients. In the case when no nominations are received, the ABC-SE Regional Vice President will solicit nominations from past award recipients.

ABC-SE Clarice Brantley Service Award Recipients:

2018  William Sharbrough    The Citadel
2017  Not Awarded
2016  Clark Ford
2015  Not awarded
2014  Fiona Barnes              University of Florida
2013  Deborah Roebuck      Kennesaw State University
2012  Barbara Davis             University of Memphis
2011  Shirley Kuiper             University of South Carolina
2010  Bobbie Krapels