Outstanding Alumni Volunteer

In 1995, The University of Alabama College of Engineering began a yearly tradition of recognizing an alumnus who provided excellent volunteer assistance to the College as the Outstanding Alumni Volunteer. The 2018 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer award recipient is N. Hugh Mathews.

Mathews has demonstrated consistent loyalty to the College. He has served for two years as the chair of the College of Engineering Leadership Board, and as chair, he helped establish an endowed scholarship for the College.

In addition to serving the College, he serves his former department as a member of the University of Alabama Civil Engineering Department Board of Advisors. In 1981, Mathews graduated from the University with a degree in civil engineering.

Mathews also gives back to his alma mater by regularly participating in Capstone Engineering Society Networking Receptions, and for the past two years, he has served as an alumni mentor in Mentor Upp, the College’s mentoring partnership program for undergraduate students.

In 2005, Mathews was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Recognition as a Distinguished Fellow is the highest commendation given to graduates whose efforts have strengthened the reputation of the College.

He has been president and chief executive officer of England-Thims & Miller, Inc. since 2013. The 200-person consulting and design engineering, surveying, planning and landscape architecture firm provides service to both public and private clients throughout northeast Florida. In addition to firm direction, Mathews provides leadership in services for large retail and master planned communities.

He has a passion for volunteer work and uses his engineering skills to serve others in his community of Jacksonville, Florida, and beyond. He has used his engineering and leadership skills with an orphanage in Haiti, a church in Cuba, Baptist Health, the University of North Florida, and Fruit Cove Baptist Church. Mathews served as the inaugural chairman of the board of directors in the founding of Seamark Ranch, a Christian children’s home for abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned and homeless children in Jacksonville.

Other organizations Mathews supports by serving on governing boards and participating in fundraising activities are the Baptist Medical Center South Development Council, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Lifeline Children’s Services, Urban Land Institute of North Florida, and the University of North Florida College of Computing, Engineering and Construction Dean’s Leadership Council.

Mathews is a Birmingham native who enjoys Alabama football, missionary work, boating, home renovation projects and his family. He and his wife, Regina, live in Jacksonville. They have two children, Casey and Tyler, both University of Alabama graduates, and three grandchildren.

Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Through the Years

  • 2017: Shaw Gilmer
  • 2016: Selina S. Lee
  • 2015: Ronald Anthony “Tony” McLain
  • 2014: Richard A. Nail II
  • 2013: Milton A. Davis Jr.
  • 2012: David G. Courington
  • 2011: Ray McGaha
  • 2010: Jon Noland
  • 2009: John W. Covington
  • 2008: L. Lamar Faulkner
  • 2007: James C. Bambarger
  • 2006: Jim Delahay
  • 2005: Ed Englebert
  • 2004: Warren Ross
  • 2003: Vincent P. Caruso
  • 2002: F. William Keith Jr.
  • 2001: Leroy McAbee
  • 2000: Daniel S. Turner
  • 1999: J. Michael O’Brien
  • 1998: John Phillip Duke
  • 1997: Charles A. “Pap” Long
  • 1996: Tom Patterson
  • 1995: Susanna Tomlinson