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Wofford scholarship to honor Maultsby

Article published May 20, 2008

Dan Maultsby / John Byrum/Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Dan Maultsby, center, is congratulated by Wofford College President Benjamin Dunlap as he receives an honorary doctor of humanities degree on Sunday.

By Gary Glancy
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

Sunday was a day to remember for Dan Maultsby. Not only did the longtime former Wofford College dean and chief academic officer receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree at the school's annual commencement exercises, but it also was announced that friends and members of Maultsby's Wofford class of 1961 had donated more than $100,000 for the Dan Maultsby Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The effort was led by Dan Avant, one of Maultsby's classmates.

"That came as a total surprise, and honestly, I can't think of a more thoughtful and nice thing for old friends to have done," said Maultsby, whose Wofford career spanned three decades.

According to current Wofford Dean David Wood, the idea to create a scholarship in Maultsby's name developed following his retirement this past August. It will be part of Wofford's general endowment fund, going toward students based on both merit and financial need.

Prior to becoming dean at Wofford, Maultsby spent two years in the financial aid office, from 1978-80, and "he always had a strong interest in helping students who needed finan-

ial help to access the college," Wood said. "So I would say this is a very fitting way to honor all his years at the college, especially since all of that time he spent working toward helping students, and his legacy will now live on."

Maultsby said he hopes the fund will be geared especially toward those who require financial assistance.

"As the years have gone by, I've become more and more concerned about the students who really have genuine financial needs," Maultsby said, "and I'd like to be able to target the scholarship to students who just wouldn't have the opportunity to come to Wofford without the financial assistance."

As for the honor, he added, "I can't think of a better recognition. That was very special. And it meets a need of the college, it serves students and it was a recognition from friends."