Terriers will return to Wofford College’s campus this weekend to celebrate homecoming and five will be honored by the college’s alumni association for leadership and service.
Bryan Blair ’07 of Pullman, Washington, deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer in the athletic department at Washington State University, will be awarded the Pride of Wofford Award; Rex Maynard ’69 of Belton, South Carolina, owner of Maynard’s Home Furnishings, will be given the Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award; Margaret Deans Fawcett Grantz ’13 of Columbia, South Carolina, a co-founder and director of development for a nonprofit, will receive a Rising Star Award; Caitlynn Myer ’18 of Spartanburg, a Limestone University professor and program coordinator, is receiving a Rising Star Award; and David Britt ’77 of Spartanburg, a vice president for Tindall Corp. and a Spartanburg County Councilman, will be given the Distinguished Citizen Award.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at The Pavilion on campus.
Pride of Wofford Award
The Pride of Wofford Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has brought honor and distinction to the college through outstanding professional achievement.
Bryan B. Blair ’07 has become a recognized industry leader in college athletics. He is in his fourth year at Washington State University, currently serving as the deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer for the athletics department, which includes 17 sports and over 450 student-athletes competing in the Pac-12. Blair oversees many of the day-to-day functions of the department. He also is charged with the development and ongoing execution of WSU athletics’ strategic plan. Blair received his Bachelor of Arts in history while playing for the Terrier football team. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010.
Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award
The Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has distinguished himself or herself through dedicated service and commitment to the college.
Rex Maynard ’69 is a second-generation owner of Maynard’s Home Furnishings, where he began working in 1969. He became president in 1977, a position he still holds today. He is well known for his work as a tennis volunteer and is a member of the South Carolina and Southern Tennis halls of fame. Maynard was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 2015. He joined the Terrier Club as a student at Wofford and has continued his support every year. He served on the Terrier Club and the Wofford Alumni Association boards. Three of his children and one grandchild (so far) are Wofford graduates.
Rising Star Awards
The Rising Star Awards are presented to members of the Wofford College Alumni Association who have demonstrated professional accomplishment and continued growth as emerging leaders in their communities.
Margaret Deans Fawcett Grantz ’13 is passionate about making sure her native Columbia and greater South Carolina community are places where everyone can shine. Grantz is the co-founder and director of development for Camp Cole, a nonprofit organization begun in 2017 to serve as a camp and retreat center for children and adults with disabilities, illnesses and life challenges. Since Camp Cole’s founding, Grantz has helped lead a team to raise $13 million to build Camp Cole’s facility and open the doors to the camp in Summer 2021. In just one summer, over 500 campers from all walks of life had the opportunity to experience the joys of camp.
Caitlynn Myer ’18 is devoted to advancing spaces of nourishment, access and equity in higher education and within the greater community. Myer joined Limestone University as a professor and program coordinator of the first-year experience in 2021 and reconstructed the course curriculum. Previously, as the national HBCU project manager for UNITE Inc., she led more than 35 historically Black colleges and universities in community initiatives surrounding policy change and equity curriculum development. As a consultant to the Wofford Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force, Myer assisted in the administration of the qualitative data process.
Distinguished Citizen Award
The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented to a member of the community who has served a distinguished career and has contributed extraordinary service to humanity, reflecting honor upon both the recipient and Wofford College.
David Britt ’77 fell in love with Spartanburg while a student at Wofford College and decided to make the community his home. That decision brought him opportunities and inspired a desire to help others discover opportunities. Britt serves as vice president for Tindall Corp.’s South Carolina division, and for 30 years he has served on Spartanburg County Council, where he is vice chairman and also chairs the economic development committee. Britt’s efforts to bring economic prosperity to Spartanburg County and many other counties across South Carolina led him to be recently awarded the Order of the Palmetto.