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Published: 11/30/2011

SESAC’s Richard Leigh Awarded Outstanding Alumni Award

SESAC congratulates songwriter extraordinaire Richard Leigh for being awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of those who have excelled in their chosen field and given back to their community. 

The Outstanding Alumni Award is a national honor given by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recipients nominated by their respective community colleges.  Leigh, who attended Virginia Highlands Community College, was nominated by his school last year and subsequently became the first honoree from Virginia in the history of the event.  Lee was on hand to receive his award at the AACC Annual Conference held in New Orleans in April along with three other recipient’s including Ralph de la Vegas, President & CEO of AT&T Mobility.  Previous AACC Outstanding Alumni Award winners include Ross Perot, director George Lucas, Alabama’s Randy Owen and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise Jr.

Richard Leigh is widely considered to be a songwriter’s songwriter in Music Row circles having penned such classics as Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and “I’ll Get Over You” for Crystal Gayle, “Cold Day In July” for the Dixie Chicks, “That’s The Thing About Love” for Don Williams and “Greatest Man I Never Knew” for Reba McEntire among many others.  Other artists that have cut songs by Leigh include Anne Murray, Martina McBride, George Jones,  K.T. Oslin, Ronnie Milsap, B.J. Thomas, Bill Medley, Perry Como, Connie Francis, Debbie Boone, Conway Twitty, Alabama, Shenandoah, Tammy Wynette, The Bellamy Brothers, Suzy Boguss, Guy Clark, Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marie Osmond, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kitty Wells, Bobby Bare, the great Ray Charles, and many more.