Alumni Service Awards

Who do the awards recognize?

Each year, the Wofford College Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni and community leaders in the following four categories:

CHARLES H. GRAY ’72 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Previously the 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. The award was renamed in 2017 to honor Charlie Gray.

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.

RISING STAR AWARD

The Rising Star Award is presented to a member of the Wofford College Alumni Association who has demonstrated professional accomplishment and continued growth as an emerging leader in his or her community.

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 Wofford College through outstanding professional achievement.

Who are the past winners?

CHARLES H. GRAY ’72 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

2018 - Timothy E. Madden '85
2017 - Charles H. Gray '72
2016 - Ellis D. Colvin '83 (Ret.)
2015 - MAJ GEN Rodney O. Anderson '79
2014 - Van D. Hipp, Jr. '82
2013 - Marion L. McMillan, Jr. '59
2012 - James C. Meadors '81
2011 - Henry G. Kelley, Jr. '52
2010 - Albert W. Gray, Sr. '71
2010 - Douglas L. Jones, Sr. '69
2009 - Lucy B. Quinn '83
2008 - John F. Rhem, Jr. '71
2007 - C. Warren Derrick, Jr. '58
2006 - Robert E. Holman '53 ‡
2005 - Talmage B. Skinner, Jr. '56 ‡
2004 - James L. Blair '83 ‡
2003 - Russell C. King, Jr. '56 ‡
2002 - Mack C. Poole, III '55
2002 - Melvin D. Medlock '54
2001 - Bobby G. Stephens '57
2000 - Marshall LeRoy Meadors, Jr. '55
1999 - David R. Clark '65
1998 - LTC Joseph B. Miller '32 (Ret.) ‡
1997 - George E. Tate '41 ‡
1996 - Forrest A. Abbott '43 ‡
1995 - Milton A. Smith, Sr. '49 ‡
1995 - Robert L. Chapman, Sr. '49 ‡
1994 - Robert E. Gregory, Jr. '64
1993 - Donald L. Fowler '57
1992 - Lewis P. Jones '38 ‡
1991 - Clyde H. Hamilton '56
1990 - Joe T. Pugh '60 ‡
1989 - Walter W. Sessoms '56 ‡
1988 - Charles L. Allen '35 ‡
1987 - Albert C. Outler '28 ‡
1986 - Constantinos N. Papadopoulos '54 ‡
1986 - J. Fisher DeBerry '60
1985 - Ben H. Brown, Jr. '35 ‡
1984 - Dennis P. Zimmerman '63
1983 - Marvin L. Holloway '33 ‡
1982 - James S. Fulmer '54
1981 - William J. Colvin, Jr. '38 ‡
1980 - Rembert O. Burgess '43 ‡
1978 - Myles W. Whitlock, Sr. '31 ‡
1978 - Samuel O. Black, Jr. '41 ‡
1977 - Charles J. Bradshaw, Sr. '59
1977 - Jerome J. Richardson '59
1977 - Turner B. Thackston '23 ‡
1976 - George DeWitt Fields, Jr. '52
1976 - William S. Minter, Jr. '42 ‡
1975 - John M. Shingler, Jr. '51 ‡
1974 - George H. Hodges '13 ‡
1973 - Julian S. Wolfe '15 ‡
1972 - Walton J. McLeod, Jr. '26 ‡

1971 - James A. Knight '41 ‡
1969 - Frank F. Roberts '17 ‡
1969 - William K. Child, Sr. '25 ‡
1968 - L. A. Odom
1968 - LTG Joseph H. Moore '36 (Ret.) ‡
1968 - Thomas L. King '31 ‡
1967 - James S. Gillespie '33 ‡
1967 - John C. Otts '30 ‡
1967 - William W. Lancaster '48 ‡
1965 - Bertrand P. Ramsay '26 ‡
1965 - Cleveland S. Harley '50 ‡
1965 - Thomas K. Fletcher, Jr. '38 ‡
1963 - John A. White '41 ‡
1963 - Spencer M. Rice '32 ‡
1962 - Frank T. Davis, Sr. '23 ‡
1962 - Otis A. Jeffcoat, Jr. '29 ‡
1962 - Winston C. Pearcy '22 ‡
1961 - Raymond C. Hill '39 ‡
1961 - Robert N. DuBose '36 ‡
1961 - Samuel P. Gardner '18 ‡
1960 - Grover B. Eaker '34 ‡
1960 - Norris R. Fowler, Sr. '35 ‡
1960 - Rev. Ernest P. Bell, Sr. '36 ‡
1960 - Victor M. Smith '35 ‡
1959 - George R. Morgan, Sr. '50 ‡
1959 - Herbert T. Edwards '24 ‡
1958 - Charles M. Hart '27 ‡
1958 - James M. Bailey '24 ‡
1958 - Ralph A. Durham '25 ‡
1957 - Benjamin S. Hall '31 ‡
1957 - Feltham S. James '28 ‡
1957 - Fred W. Felkel '09 ‡
1957 - James H. Crouch '43 ‡
1957 - Phil M. Jones '51
1956 - Arthur L. Humphries '11 ‡
1956 - George S. Duffie, Sr. '30 ‡
1956 - Hon. Edward K. Hardin, III '32 ‡
1956 - Marion W. Beacham, Sr. '37 ‡
1956 - Robert W. Hart, Jr. '26 ‡
1955 - Hugo S. Sims, Jr. '41 ‡
1955 - Robert L. Dargan '28 ‡
1955 - Sam T. Holland '41 ‡
1954 - Chesley C. Herbert, Jr. '25 ‡
1954 - Eugene P. Pendergrass '16 ‡
1954 - Henry T. Gramling '27 ‡
1954 - James N. Holcombe '26 ‡
1954 - Joseph C. Evans, Sr. '37 ‡
1954 - MG John B. Montgomery '33 (Ret.) ‡
1954 - MG Wycliffe E. Steele '28 (Ret.) ‡
1954 - Paul Knox '22 ‡
1954 - Robert Gage '05 ‡
1954 - Wallace C. Bethea '14 ‡
1954 - William L. Kinney '25 ‡

DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD

2018 - Sherrie Lynn Hawkins '77
2017 - Marcos Gomez-Agnoli
2016 - Arthur T. Ballard, Jr.
2014 - Joella F. Utley
2013 - John W. Pilley ‡
2012 - William B. Drake ‡
2011 - Joel W. Collins, Jr.
2010 - Kirk H. Neely
2008 - Stewart P. Winslow
2007 - William Barnet, III
2006 - W. Hayne Hipp
2004 - Tad Brown
2003 - Michael A. Dirr
2003 - Richard C. Webel
2002 - Jennifer Evins
2002 - T. Alexander Evins, III
2001 - James O. Harmon
2001 - Ronald G. Smith
2000 - James E. Talley
1999 - Harry D. Dobbs ‡
1999 - Walter Raymond Leonard ‡
1998 - Keith E. Laws
1997 - Hugh C. Lane, Jr.
1996 - Elizabeth J. Patterson ‡
1995 - Robert V. Pinson

1994 - John W. Fisher ‡
1993 - Jack E. Bresenham
1992 - Hon. Strom Thurmond ‡
1991 - Currie B. Spivey, Jr. ‡
1990 - Robert V. Royall, Jr.
1988 - Carlos D. Moseley ‡
1987 - Thomas A. Evins
1986 - John H. Lumpkin, Sr. ‡
1985 - Jesse B. Davis ‡
1984 - Alice N. Loggins ‡
1983 - A. Foster McKissick, Sr. ‡
1980 - Charles C. Boone ‡
1978 - Buck Mickel ‡
1978 - Lois Hyatt ‡
1977 - Philip A. Buchheit ‡
1976 - Conley T. Snidow, Jr. ‡
1974 - Roger Milliken ‡
1973 - Vera D. Parsons ‡
1972 - Walter S. Montgomery, Sr. ‡
1971 - Johanna Demopoulos ‡
1970 - Hon. Donald S. Russell, Sr. ‡
1969 - Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. ‡
1967 - Frederick B. Dent, Sr.
1956 - Joseph A. Edens, Jr.
1955 - L. Perrin Smith ‡

RISING STAR AWARD

2018 - S. Nathan Madigan, Jr. '08
2017 - Bernadette S. Gillians '04
2016 - John P. Moore '04
2015 - Benjamin W. Ingram, IV '05
2014 - Thomas E. Woods, II '00
2013 - Amanda N. Marvelle '03
2012 - Samie Clowney '01
2011 - P. Curtis McPhail '96
2010 - Craig H. Parks '97
2009 - Kristen A. Hite '00
2008 - Monique McDowell '92
2007 - Edward S. Wildrick '90
2007 - John E. Bauknight, IV '89
2006 - Michelle D. Hudspeth '95
2005 - James M. Scott '97
2004 - Russell R. Raines '93
2003 - Ann M. Williamson '95
2002 - Rev. Lyndon Harris '83
2001 - Douglas E. Wood '90
2000 - Mary Ann Stevenson McCrackin '85
1999 - C. Phifer Nicholson '82
1999 - Franklin O. Smith, III '80
1998 - Gary B. Burgess, Sr. '79
1997 - Betsy K. Davis '83

1996 - Alfred F. Chapman '77
1995 - Katherine A. Close '83
1994 - George C. Todd, Jr. '77
1993 - John D. Todd, III '74
1992 - Daniel B. Morrison, Jr. '75
1991 - Daniel H. Hayes '77
1990 - Van D. Hipp, Jr. '82
1989 - Woodrow W. Willard, Jr. '74
1988 - George S. Tyson, Jr. '72
1986 - Kenneth E. Smith '71
1985 - Hon. Dennis W. Shedd '75
1984 - Andrew M. Crane, Sr. '68
1983 - J. Harold Chandler '71
1982 - Boyd C. Hipp, II '74
1981 - James K. Mancke '71
1980 - Peden B. McLeod '62
1978 - Roger H. Henry, Jr. '66
1978 - Thomas L. Tiller, Jr. '59
1977 - J. Grady Locklear '65
1976 - William H. Willimon '68
1975 - Daniel S. Lewis '62 ‡
1974 - Hunter R. Stokes, Sr. '60
1973 - George Dean Johnson, Jr. '64

PRIDE OF WOFFORD AWARD

2018 - LTC Troy M. Denomy '96

2017 - William C. McGirt, III '01

Read profiles on most recent alumni service award winners.

2018 Alumni Service Award winners

COL. TROY M. DENOMY ’96
PRIDE OF WOFFORD

Col. Troy Denomy, project manager for Soldier Warrior within the U.S. Army’s program, Executive Office Soldier, is responsible for developing and sustaining air and ground soldier systems that provide connectivity in battle command and other areas. Commissioned as an infantry officer in 1996, Denomy has served the Army Acquisition Corps at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Ground Combat Systems. He recently was named the executive officer for the principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology) at the Pentagon. He served deployments in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He received a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, where he earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Denomy is married to the former Gina Kowulich; they have two sons, Merrick, 14, and Luke, 10.

S. LYNN HAWKINS ’77
DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN

Lynn Hawkins has worked with victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 40 years. For the past 29 years, she has been executive director of SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, a nonprofit organization serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties. Previously, she worked in the child protective services unit of the Spartanburg County Department of Social Services. Hawkins has provided extensive training to law enforcement officers, magistrates, legal and medical professionals, social workers, educators, members of the faith community, students and the community at large on issues of violence, trauma and victimization. She also has provided training statewide and nationally on the issues impacting victims. Hawkins is a licensed social worker and a licensed victim services professional. She serves on the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the Spartanburg County Domestic Violence Fatality Team, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and the United Way Speakers’ Bureau.

TIMOTHY E. MADDEN ’85
CHARLES H. GRAY ’72 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Tim Madden is a managing partner of the Greenville office of the national law firm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. In addition to his successful law practice, Madden has served as chair of the South Carolina Education Lottery Commission, vice chair of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank and director of the South Carolina Student Loan Corp. He is also a Liberty Fellow. For nearly 30 years, Madden served Wofford as class chair, including two terms on the Alumni Council. He initiated and funded a matching gift challenge, consistently supports The Wofford Fund, supported renovations of Main Building and all other capital campaigns, and has funded an endowed scholarship. He also has hosted alumni receptions, provided free legal services to the college, conducted interviews with Wofford Scholars and participated as a guest lecturer. He frequently recruits and recommends new students to the college. Madden graduated in 1988 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He says, “Without Charlie Gray’s encouragement and help, Wofford would not have been possible for me.”

S. NATHAN MADIGAN JR. ’08
RISING STAR

Nathan Madigan, vice president of operations for Autumn Glen Management Group (AGMG), served as president of his class and received the Wofford College President’s Award while a student. He began his career in the nonprofit sector as a high school teacher in Newark, N.J., with Teach for America. After completing his two-year service in the classroom, Madigan joined KIPP New Jersey, where he worked for seven years, rising from analyst to managing director of school operations. Before joining AGMG, he was chief operating officer of LEAD Public Schools in Nashville, Tenn. Madigan was awarded a competitive scholarship and graduated from Executive MBA Program at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management in May 2019. An Atlanta, Ga., native, Madigan recently returned home to join AGMG with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters.

2017 Alumni Service Award winners

WILLIAM McGIRT ’01

PRIDE OF WOFFORD

William McGirt, the 2016 Memorial Tournament golf champion and a 2001 Wofford graduate, made an immediate impact on the college’s golf team, finishing in the top four in his first tournament and winning his fourth tournament in 1997 as a freshman. He was named 1998 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. McGirt also won the prestigious Augusta State Invitational in his junior year and the 2001 Southern Conference Championship, capping off his collegiate career. After graduating, McGirt won the 2003 North Carolina Amateur and the 2003 Cardinal Amateur. He turned professional in 2004 and was on the Nationwide Tour in 2010. McGirt finished tied for second at the 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, securing his PGA Tour card. McGirt supports several charities, including the Walking for Kids Foundation. He is a board member of the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, which takes place in Spartanburg. He is married to Sarah Bagwell McGirt ’03, and they are the parents of two future Terriers, Mac and Caroline.

MARCOS GOMEZ
DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN

Marcos Gomez located his company, Dellfrio, a major importer of commercial refrigeration, in the Northside community of Spartanburg because he wanted to benefit the neighborhood. The Medellin, Colombia, native now serves on the board of directors and the housing committee of the Northside Development Group, and he supports arts funding at Cleveland Academy of Leadership. He hires students from Wofford College as interns to assist with valuable hands-on training in international business. He is a life supporter of the PAN Foundation, founded by his late father, Carlos Gome-Uribe, to support homeless children in Colombia. Gomez received a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from Xavier University. He then worked in international sales for Crown Lift Trucks in Ohio, and in 1985, became vice president of international sales for Frigidaire. He came to Spartanburg in 1994 as vice president of international sales for Beverage-Air before founding Dellfrio.

CHARLES H. GRAY ’72
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Charlie Gray, a 1972 Wofford graduate, joined the college’s admission staff after graduation and became head of the department in 1977. He then became head of Alumni and Parents Programs in 1995. In 2015, he was named director of continuing education, creating the college’s popular Lifelong Learning at Wofford program. When he retired in 2016, he was the longest current staff member, with 44 years of service. Gray influenced the beginning of intercollegiate soccer, helped diversify the student body, and sponsored, counseled and mentored thousands of students. He is a two-time Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International, has volunteered for Mobile Meals of Spartanburg for decades and has been recognized several times by Wofford’s Association of African-American Students (now the Association of Multicultural Students) with its Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Friends established an endowed scholarship fund in his honor, a rare occurrence for a living person and an active staff member.

SHAWAN GILLIANS ’04
RISING STAR

Shawan Gillians, interim treasurer for Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, graduated in 2004 from Wofford College with high honors as a double-major in economics and religion. A native of Moncks Corner, S.C., she graduated from the College of William & Mary School of Law and joined Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee in Charleston. In 2011, Gillians joined Santee Cooper, where she was associate general counsel for corporate affairs until March 2017. After receiving her MBA from the University of South Carolina, she was named to her current position as interim treasurer. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Coastal Community Foundation and a member of the Community Engagement Review Council for the Trident United Way. She is a graduate of the Riley Institute at Furman University, Diversity Leadership Initiative and is a member of the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2018.

What is the nominations process?

  1. The Alumni Association solicits nominations for the awards from all members of the college community. Nominations are accepted throughout the year by the Alumni Association. Any alumna/us may be nominated for an award, regardless of class year. Non-graduates are also eligible for the Distinguished Citizen Award. Nominations in any given year that are not selected are held for consideration for two additional years. After that point, nominations must be updated and resubmitted by a nominator to be considered.
  2. All nominations and supporting documentation must be received by August 1st.
  3. There will be no notification if a nominee is not selected for an award; however, interested parties may contact Dina Roberts at 864-597-4198 after October 1st to learn results.
  4. Awards are presented and recipients are recognized at a morning reception during Homecoming Weekend.

How are selections made?

A committee of board members reviews the submitted materials and selects those candidates who are deemed most deserving of recognition and whose achievements most closely fit the category for which they have been nominated. Electronically submitted nominations are provided to each committee member no later than one week following the August 1 deadline so that nominations can be thoughtfully reviewed. The committee often invites consulting members to assist in its deliberations. All deliberations are kept confidential.

Do you still have questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@wofford.edu or 864-597-4185.