Josh Brehm: Student-Athlete
Josh Brehm is proof that students at Alma can excel in both the classroom and in athletics.
Brehm, who completed his academic requirements in December 2006, won the prestigious Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the best football player in the nation in NCAA Division III. The Gagliardi is the Heisman Trophy equivalent for Division III football. Not just a sports award, the Gagliardi recognizes excellence in academics, athletics and community service.
His athletic accomplishments are substantial, but Josh also excelled in the classroom. He completed a double major in business and psychology, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team, and was an active member of Alma’s Students in Free Enterprise, dedicating countless hours of service in area schools.
Josh graduated with a double major in business administration and psychology and carried a 3.78 cumulative grade point average.
“Josh was a very effective leader in athletics, campus organizations, volunteer activities and in the classroom,” says Alma College Prseident Saundra Tracy. “He cares deeply about others and routinely reaches out in volunteer service.”
Ron Lemmon, assistant professor of business administration, calls Josh “an amazing student.”
“He was by far one of the most intelligent, organized, and creative people I have ever had the opportunity to have in my classes,” says Lemmon. “Josh is a natural born leader who always excels as a contributing member of any group he is in. He is a great listener, relates well to multiple types of personalities and perspectives, and works diligently toward meeting deadlines. He is also clearly a young man who excels in the classroom, adding valuable input in every class discussion, broadening the learning experience for his peers,” says Lemmon.