HPU’s Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Michele King Doud of Brownwood

Howard Payne University’s Social Work Advisory Board recently presented its Spirit of Social Work Award to Michele King Doud of Brownwood. The award is presented annually to an individual whose career reflects an outstanding contribution to the social work profession or to the field of human services in general.

“It is always such a privilege to present the Spirit of Social Work Award to someone who serves the Brownwood community in such an impactful way,” said Rachel Derrington, assistant professor of social work and director of HPU’s social work program. “Recognizing Michele is just a small way to say ‘thank you’ for years of faithful service.”
Doud graduated from HPU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in social work. The youngest of six children, Doud was one of five siblings who attended HPU. After graduating, Doud immediately began work at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, where she served for 20 years. She also spent six years in home health, one year at a local nursing home and 11 years at Solaris Hospice. She now serves as a social worker in Kaufman.

“We selected Michele because of her tireless service to the Brownwood community and her dedication to her clients,” Derrington said. “She certainly represents the true spirit of social work.”
Doud has two sons, Hunter and Mitchel, as well a nephew and a niece, Joshua Eargle and Lottie Burch Bullock, who she helped raise.
The award was received on Doud’s behalf by her sister, Melissa King.

Cutline: Michele King Doud of Brownwood is the recipient of this year’s Spirit of Social Work Award.