During Emmanuel’s Homecoming Weekend in March, retired Emmanuel professor and alumnus, Dr. Frank Zelotes Mann was presented the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award.
The Distinguished Alumnus of the year award is given each year to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of an outstanding alumnus who has excelled in his or her professional field by exemplifying outstanding accomplishments and achieving remarkable professional advancements.
After attending youth camp at Emmanuel in his teens, Dr. Frank Mann attended Emmanuel from 1964-1966, calling the time the “best two years of his life where he got his spiritual and academic life straightened out.” Following his time at Emmanuel, Dr. Mann finished his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia. Following this, he completed his master’s degree at Converse College (Spartanburg, SC) and his Doctorate at the University of Georgia.
For eight years, he taught public school in Rock Hill, SC. until he received a call from Delores Talmedge asking him to return to Emmanuel to teach in the Department of Natural Sciences. He served as a professor of Biology and Physics at Emmanuel from 1974-2015. During this time, he expanded the biology and physics programs at the College and served as the department chair in 1984. In 2016, He and his wife Carolyn were instrumental in providing the funds to refurbish the physics lab in the Wellons Science Center and began a scholarship program to make Emmanuel’s Christian education possible for academically capable students. Some of his most cherished friendships he has today are with former students.
A former coworker had this to say about Dr. Mann.
“Dr. Mann is the pillar of the Emmanuel College community. He has dedicated his life to education and serving others and has a way of making you laugh without barely cracking a smile. He is a true picture of a man who loves the Lord and serves others by sharing his knowledge, wisdom, and time.”
He currently lives in Hart County, Ga. He and his wife Carolyne have been married for 53 years. They have two children, Andrew (EC Class of 2001) and Allison (EC Class of 2005) They also have three grandchildren, Lyla and Lily Moon, and Lynlee Moody.