Combes, Hobbs Honored with FSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

May 5, 2016
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Combes, Hobbs Honored with FSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

Combes, Hobbs Honored with FSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards
From left, Alison Combes and Lois Hobbs

Frostburg State University will present the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards to Alison Combes, CEO of Cathedra Choir, and Lois Hobbs, an accomplished educator now serving on the board of trustees of Delaware State University, at its 148th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21.

Hobbs will be honored during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for the Colleges of Business and Education, and Combes will be honored during the 2 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Combes, a member of the class of 1993, was hired in 2013 as CEO of Cathedra Choir, a professional ensemble under the direction of Maestro Michael McCarthy, who is music director of Washington National Cathedral. Previously, she served for more than five years as executive director of the Cathedral Choral Society, the symphonic chorus in residence at Washington National Cathedral. After graduating from FSU, Combes joined the Washington Chorus, beginning as an administrative assistant and rising to deputy director in less than a decade. She continues to perform with the Washington Chorus and sang on the recording for which the group won a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2000. In addition to her bachelor's in music management from FSU, Combes holds a master's in arts management from American University. She resides in Great Falls, Va., with her husband, Craig Bowman.

Hobbs, a member of the class of 1966, is an independent education consultant who serves on the board of Delaware State University, a historically black university, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for DSU's Early College Charter High School. She retired from her position as superintendent of Delaware's Indian River School District after four decades as an educator. She began her career as an elementary teacher in Prince George's County Public Schools shortly after graduating from FSU. After several years in the classroom, Hobbs rose first to instructional supervisor and curriculum specialist before serving as principal of several Prince George's County schools. She left Prince George's County schools in 1994 after serving the district as assistant superintendent. Over the course of her career, Hobbs received nearly 30 local, state and national honors and awards for her teaching or for schools she supervised. In addition to her bachelor's in elementary education from FSU, Hobbs hold a master's in elementary school administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She resides in Edgewater, Md.

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on FSU alumni. Consideration is based on outstanding professional career growth; community involvement; demonstrated interest in their alma mater; philanthropic commitment to FSU; special achievements, awards, honors and distinctions; and/or educational background, which includes honors and involvement in special activities.

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For more information about the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, contact the FSU Alumni Office at 301-687-4068 or

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