Restaurateur-entrepreneur Martin Jeffrey “Jeff” King and Santa Monica College math professor Terry Green have been selected by the Santa Monica College Foundation to receive 2011 SMC Alumni Recognition Awards.
The two men will be recognized at commencement, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at SMC’s Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd.
King will be presented the SMC Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement and Green will be recognized with the SMC Alumni Recognition Award for Distinguished Community Service.
King is chairman of the board and co-founder of King’s Seafood Company. He oversees the long-term financial planning, sales, investor relations, and property management of six concepts and 17 restaurants.
A graduate of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, King received an associates degree from Santa Monica College in 1958 and a bachelor of arts degree in history/political science from UCLA.
The recipient of a number of industry honors, King has accepted the City of Hope Lifetime Achievement Award, Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concept Award, and the Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also recognized as the UCLA Alumni of the Year, inducted into the California Restaurant Association’s Fine Dining Hall of Fame and Educational Foundation Hall of Fame.
Green attended SMC from 1965 to 1967 and earned an associate of arts degree. While a student, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the honors and community service organization, and would later serve as its faculty advisor for 20 years.
Green transferred from SMC to the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated in June 1969. He later joined the Peace Corps, serving as a volunteer high school teacher on the island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean and helped build a rudimentary basketball court to introduce the sport to the students.
In 1986, he was hired as SMC’s first full-time developmental math instructor. He was nominated several years ago for the Hayward Award, the top award given to a community college professor in California.