Chris Vaughn awarded the MU Presidential Coin for Excellence

MANSFIELD — Chris Vaughn, the long-time director of Financial Planning at Mansfield University and the “Voice of the Mountaineers” in athletics, was awarded the Mansfield University Presidential Coin for Excellence by President Fran Hendricks on Oct. 27.

The presentation took place at media day for the MU basketball teams.

“For 29 years, Chris touched the lives of countless students and their families in his roles in financial aid and planning,” Hendricks said. “Now in his 35th year as the ‘voice’ of MU athletics, he has also touched the lives of our student-athletes, alumni and fans.  For his selfless efforts on both fronts, and all the good will he has spread in Mountie nation, Chris is very deserving of this honor.”

Starting as the announcer for Mansfield men’s basketball in 1981, Vaughn added football and women’s basketball to his volunteer duties shortly thereafter. Since retiring in 2011, he has taken on announcing duties for baseball, softball, field hockey and women’s soccer whenever possible.

The coin was developed by Hendricks and designed by MU Senior Graphics Designer Andy Worthington. It is awarded selectively to persons who have contributed greatly to the university, using the Mansfield Creed; Character, Scholarship, Culture and Service as a guideline.

The coin bears several symbols representing historical highlights and other aspects of the university that make it distinctive.

For more information on the Mansfield University Presidential Coin for Excellence and to see the gallery of honorees, visit president.mans­ field.­edu/coin-for-excellence.