Seniors Ryan Murdock and Taylor Gordon named Lander University’s 2021 Man and Woman of the Year
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021
Ryan Murdock
Ryan Murdock, a senior psychology major from Blackville, receives the Samuel Lander Man of the Year Award on Wednesday during Lander University’s annual Student Life Awards. Photo by Laura Brown.

Lander seniors Ryan Murdock and Taylor Gordon were awarded the Samuel Lander Man of the Year and Laura Lander Woman of the Year awards, respectively, at Lander’s Student Life Awards on April 21.

The Samuel and Laura Lander Man and Woman of the year award is given to two students annually, and the recipients’ involvement in co-curricular activites, both on campus and in the community during the academic year, are taken into consideration when considering nominees.

Dr. Boyd Yarbrough, vice president for Student Affairs, presented the pair with the awards during the Student Life Awards ceremony in the Finis Horne Arena. Yarbrough said that the award recognizes two students who have “exhibited high aspirations and noble humanitarian qualities of character throughout all areas of campus life.”

Murdock, a psychology major, is a Presidential Ambassador, a resident assistant and Lander’s 2021 Homecoming King. “He has a positive attitude that lights up a room and sets an example for other students,” said Yarbrough. “He embodies everything we could ask for in a Lander student.”

Taylor Gordon
Taylor Gordon, a senior mass communications and media studies major from Ridge Spring, receives the Laura Lander Woman of the Year Award on Wednesday during Lander’s annual Student Life Awards. Photo by Laura Brown.

Gordon is pursuing a degree in mass communications and media studies, is a Presidential Ambassador and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In addition to the Laura Lander Woman of the Year award, Gordon was also recognized as one of the Lander University Greek Leaders of the Year. “She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and is a positive role model for students,” said Yarbrough.