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Wofford Alumni Association to honor three at Homecoming

Ballard, Colvin and Moore to receive awards Oct. 22

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Ellis D. Colvin '83, John P. Moore '04 and Lt. Col. Ted Ballard will be honored during Homecoming.
2016-10-05

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College Alumni Association will honor two alumni and a community leader during the college’s annual Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 21-22. The annual awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Papadopoulos Room of the Papadopoulos Building on campus. It is free and open to the public.

Lt. Col. Arthur T. “Ted” Ballard will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award, while Ellis DeWayne Colvin, class of 1983, will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award, and John Pendleton Moore, class of 2004, will receive the Young Alumnus Award.

The awards event is sponsored by the Wofford College Alumni Association Board.

Lt. Col. Arthur T. “Ted” Ballard Jr., retired from the U.S. Air Force, flew 67 successful combat missions during the Vietnam War before being shot down over North Vietnam. He was captured and was in POW camps, including the infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” from September 1966 until his release in March 1973. He is a graduate of Spartanburg High School, received an associate’s degree from Spartanburg Methodist College (then Spartanburg Junior College) and studied engineering at Clemson University before joining the Air Force. He earned his master’s degree and served on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force War College before retiring in August 1975, when he and his wife, Ruth, returned to Spartanburg. He was the senior instructor for the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Gaffney (S.C.) High School, where he taught for 22 years before retiring in 1997. Ballard continues to write and speak with groups about his experiences as a U.S. Air Force pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam. In 2015, after the death of his wife, Ballard established the Dr. Kevin Dale Ballard ’80 Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford in memory of his son and wife. Kevin Ballard had a distinguished career as director of analysis and toxicology for National Medical Services in Pennsylvania before his death in 2009. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time to a deserving student in the fall of 2017, with preference going to top students who plan to pursue a career in science, technology or medicine.

Ellis D. Colvin ’83, a native of Dillon, S.C., is the construction program manager with the Office of Director of National Intelligence, and, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., is responsible for the security, design and construction, information system and technology development, and the program of security protection for the U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. He was the most recent chief of global affairs and partner engagements at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Va. He is a retired lieutenant colonel with 33 years of both federal and active-duty military service. Colvin received his juris doctorate degree in 2013 from the Charleston School of Law. He was the 2008 National Security Fellow of The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; and he was the recipient of three master’s degrees from the Eisenhower School of Industry Studies, Hawaii Pacific University and Central Michigan University. He received a bachelor of art degrees in government and sociology from Wofford. Colvin and his wife, Dr. Cynthia Colvin, 1985 graduate of Converse College, live in Bethesda, Md. They have two children, daughter Caroline, a junior at Syracuse University, and a son, Ellis, a sophomore at Georgetown Preparatory High School.

John Pendleton Moore, founder and president of Moore Capital, LLC in Spartanburg, a family investment office that manages the real estate and private holdings of the Moore family, is a 2004 graduate of Wofford College. While at Wofford, Moore co-founded the real estate development and management firm JWA Properties, LLC, which was sold in 2008, leading to the founding of Moore Capital, LLC. At 28 years old he was appointed in by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley as one of the youngest magistrate judges in the history Spartanburg County. Moore has been active in the non-profit community since graduating from Wofford. He and his sister, Anne Brady Moore Carlson, established the Moore Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford in 2004. Awards from the fund are made to women who need financial assistance in meeting their educational expenses, with preference given to those studying government. Moore and his sister also created the Betty Ann Moore Colon Cancer Screening Fund, the first privately funded colon cancer screening program in South Carolina, in 2005. The fund provides free colonoscopies to citizens in Spartanburg County who otherwise couldn’t afford preventive cancer screening. Moore serves on the board of trustees of Spartanburg Methodist College, as the treasurer of the Cancer Division of Spartanburg Regional Foundation and on the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities board of trustees. He and his wife, Lindsay, live at Lake Bowen in Inman, S.C.