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Maultsby honored with scholarship in his name

Dan Maultsby
2008-05-19

Retired Wofford dean also receives honorary degree at commencement

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Dr. Dan B. Maultsby spent more than a quarter-century at Wofford College devoted to nurturing young people through higher education.  This weekend, during the college’s 154th Commencement Exercises, he was honored for his dedication in two ways – with an honorary doctor of humanities degree and with the establishment of an endowed scholarship in his name.

Dr. David S. Wood, dean of the college, announced that friends and members of Maultsby’s Wofford Class of 1961 have donated more than $100,000 for the Dan Maultsby Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The effort was lead by Dan Avant, one of those classmates.  “Dan, and his twin brother, Don, were classmates of mine at Wofford,” he says.  “I great respected him in our student days, and I certainly respect him now.  Dan displays unfailing good judgment; he is truly a modest and unassuming gentleman in every sense of the word.  At the same time, he is a high achiever, and he would have been successful in any life endeavor he chose to undertake.

“It is to his credit and to Wofford’s great benefit that he chose to devote his talents to nurturing young people through higher education,” Avant continues.  “That is a legacy that donors to the Dan Maultsby Endowed Scholarship Fund intend to perpetuate.”

After serving Wofford as its dean and chief academic officer for more than a quarter-century, Maultsby announced his retirement last summer, effective in August 2007.

At that time Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap credited Maultsby with sustaining a tradition of “unique collegiality and a remarkably authentic sense of community among faculty, students and staff” at Wofford, calling Maultsby “a great and legendary dean.”

Maultsby was honored as the speaker for Wofford’s annual Fall Convocation in August.

Maultsby graduated from Wofford in 1961. After serving as an officer in the Army, for which he was awarded a Joint Services Commendation Medal, he completed his graduate studies in social psychology at the University of Tennessee and accepted an appointment to the Wofford faculty as a professor of sociology. Following ten years of teaching, he moved into administration, laying the groundwork for a very successful financial aid program.

Maultsby was appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college in 1980. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Maultsby advised pre-law students and arranged internships for them, and he served on a number of community boards related to health care delivery.

Read the Spartanburg Herald-Journal article.

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