SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College National Alumni Association will honor three people during Homecoming Weekend 2007 activities, Nov. 2-4, 2007. The awards will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Papadopoulos Building.
Dr. Charles Warren Derrick Jr., a 1958 Wofford graduate, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. He is a professor and chairman of the department of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
Spartanburg Mayor William (Bill) Barnet III will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award.
John Bauknight, a 1989 Wofford graduate, and Nick Wildrick, a 1990 graduate, both founders and former co-owners of Shred First in Spartanburg, will be honored as the Young Alumni of the Year.
In the spring of 2001, Derrick helped Wofford’s department of biology launch a pilot program, Case Studies in Biomedicine, based on the problem-based components of the medical school curriculum at the USC School of Medicine. Derrick drives to Wofford during the academic year to teach in the program.
After Derrick’s six years of dedication to the program, Dr. George Shiflet, chair of the department of biology, says, “I am unable to express adequately the powerful and positive impact this course has made on our students. It has excited them about learning and about medicine. It has filled them with confidence and matured them intellectually. None of this would have happened or even been possible without Warren Derrick’s determination and commitment. His love for the students, the college and medical education is a palpable.”
The Wofford biomedical course’s success has had a pronounced influence on the college’s biology program, prompting Shiflet to develop two new case-based courses for the curriculum – Case Studies in Public Health and Case Studies in Environmental Problems.
In addition, Derrick is a generous supporter of Wofford’s Annual Fund and other college projects.
John Bauknight and Nick Wildrick are partners in Longleaf Holdings USA, LLC, a holding company that is the nucleus for their interests in several companies they have founded.
Among those companies, some of which were founded with other partners, are Total Records and Information Management, LLC (2003), which serves the records and information management industry; Total Training Services (2006), serving middle market companies for sales training and general business consulting; Total Storage Services (1997), which services the trailer storage needs of many industries; and Longleaf Development (2006), which focuses on real estate investment. Longleaf Holdings, formerly Brown & Bauknight, LLC, is their real estate investment/private equity firm.
In August 2006, Bauknight and Wildrick sold another venture they founded, Shred First, a secure document destruction company based in Spartanburg. Six years after opening its doors, Shred First was named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States; the company’s 1,551 percent growth in its first five full years ranked it 92nd on the list. Now, the firm has satellite offices in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Alabama, in addition to other South Carolina locations. Shred First sold its paper-shredding division in 2006; the remaining business line was renamed Total Product Destruction and serves any non-paper destruction need nationwide.
After graduating from Wofford in 1990, Wildrick spent seven years in food service sales before partnering with Bauknight to start Shred First. Since the company sold, Wildrick has focused his time on fine-tuning the finances of the Longleaf family of companies and acquisitions. He also spends time with Total Training Service, helping clients budget and expand their business. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church and is active in the Spartanburg community as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, member of Leadership South Carolina Class of 2005, member of the board of Spartanburg Regional Foundation, and is active in the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since his graduation from Wofford in 1989, Bauknight has been active in the start up of several entrepreneurial ventures. His first start up began in 1990 in the employee benefits industry; he was a founding partner of a third-party administrative firm. In 1994, he left the employee benefits field for the real estate and investment arena before starting Shred First in 1997.
Since the sale of Shred First, Bauknight has been focused on business development for Total Records and Longleaf Holdings.
He is a member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent and is active in the community as a member of the Young President Organization, the Charles Lea Center Foundation Board (2003-present, chair-elect), BB&T Local Advisory Board (2005-present), Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2002-04 and 2006-present), Wofford Terrier Club Board of Directors (2001-03 and 2005-present; co-chair-elect), NAID Board (National Association of Information Destruction) (2002-05; president, 2005); and Upstate Better Business Bureau Board (2001-04).
Bill Barnet, CEO of Barnet Co., was elected mayor of Spartanburg in November 2001 as a write-in candidate. He has served as mayor since, being re-elected in 2005. Barnet helped his father operate the family-owned company, which in 2000 was doing business in more than 50 countries, since the mid-1960s. In April 2001, he sold the company’s assets to a management group and continues as the chairman.
Barnet has played a key role in South Carolina’s education reform effort. From the PASS Commission to working on the passage of the Education Accountability Act to chairing the state’s Education oversight Committee, he has been at the epicenter of education improvement. One of his initiatives has been College Town, a consortium of Spartanburg’s six colleges and universities designed to strengthen their working relationships and connection to the community.
Barnet has served as chairman of the Palmetto Business Forum and is the former chairman of the Converse College Board of Trustees. He also has served on a variety of local and state boards. He is the past president of the S.C. Textile Manufacturers Association. A member of FleetBoston Financial Group’s board of directors since 1985, he was named in 2004 to the board of directors of Bank of America. He also was inducted in 2004 into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.