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Wofford Alumni Association to honor two alumni, Drake

Awards program set for Oct. 27 as part of Homecoming Weekend 

The Wofford National Alumni Association will present awards to, from left, Sam Clowney (Class of 2001), radio personality Bill Drake, and James Meadors (Class of 1981).
Published October 24, 2012  

SPARTANBURG, SC - October 24, 2012 - The Wofford National Alumni Association will honor two alumni and the former “voice of Wofford Terriers” athletics during Homecoming Weekend 2012 activities, Oct. 26-28. The awards will be presented at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Recipients of the awards are chosen by the Wofford Alumni Executive Council, whose president is Anthony Bryan Brooks ’97 of Charlotte, N.C.

Receiving the awards are:

James Meadors (Class of 1981)
- Distinguished Service Award

Meadors is the principal and founder of Meadors Inc., a design-build firm based in Charleston, S.C., that focuses on new construction and historic preservation using sustainable building practices. He is the chairman of the Charleston Green Committee and is the recipient of the 2010 Leadership in Green Building/Public Sector Award, given by the S.C. Chapter of the USGBC. His company also won the 2012 Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award for 93 & 97 Broad Street. Meadors was an outstanding Terrier football player during his own undergraduate days. Two of his children are Wofford alumni, and he is a former member of the Parents Advisory Council.

Bill Drake
- Distinguished Citizens Award

Since the mid-1970s, Spartanburg citizens have been “awake with Drake” on morning radio. In a way that is distinctive among modern news media professionals, he has worked for community improvement. For many years, for example, he has organized and hosted a “Battle of the Brains” program for area schools. For decades, he served as the “voice of the Terriers” on the public address system at Gibbs Stadium and the Benjamin Johnson Arena.

Sam Clowney (Class of 2001) -
Young Alumnus of the Year
A Bonner Scholar while at Wofford, Clowney now is the director of community engagement for Teach for America in Charlotte, N.C. In this capacity, the Spartanburg native has mentored a series of Wofford alumni involved in this outstanding program. He is a 2004 graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he was a Woodruff Fellow. Clowney has also taught in the Atlanta Public Schools and worked effectively as the director of multicultural affairs and leadership programs at Wofford.