2016 Alumni Award Recipients Announced

The East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Alumni Awards.

Virgil Clark ’50 Distinguished Service Alumni

This award given to dedicated volunteers with a record of service and leadership with the alumni association and university.

  • Douglas Privette ’72, member of the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation Board of Directors

Honorary Alumni

This award is given to those who did not attend East Carolina but who have claimed the university as their own through substantial service and loyalty.

  • John Bray, retired ECU professor and founder of A Time for Science learning center in Grifton, NC

Outstanding Alumni

Our most prestigious award recognizes exceptional achievement and leadership in the recipient’s profession and/or public affairs.  

  • Henry Hinton ’75, president of Inner Banks Media, LLC
  • Maj. Gen. Frederick Padilla ’82, US Marine Corps, president of National Defense University
  • Steve George Smith ’73, retired CEO of Eveready East Africa Limited
  • Cathy Thomas ’79, ’86, ’88, branch manager, NC Division of Public Health

Save the date! These recipients will be honored at the 2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Friday, October 28 as part of homecoming weekend at ECU. All alumni are welcome to attend. More details will be posted as they become available.

If you’d like to nominate someone for the 2017 awards, nominations will be accepted through November 1, 2016. Click here for more information.

By Jackie Drake

2015 Alumni Award Nominations Due November 1

Do you know an East Carolina alumnus or supporter who deserves recognition?

The East Carolina Alumni Association seeks nominations for the 2015 Alumni Awards: the Virgil Clark ’50 Distinguished Service Awards, the Honorary Alumni Awards, and the Outstanding Alumni Awards. Nominations are accepted year-round, but the cut-off for 2015 is November 1, 2014.

Recipients must be present at Homecoming 2015 to receive an award.  

  • The Virgil Clark ’50 Distinguished Service Award goes to alumni who have given substantial volunteer service to the alumni association and/or university.
  • The Honorary Alumni Award goes to those who did not attend ECU but who have adopted the university as their own through considerable service, commitment, and loyalty.
  • The Outstanding Alumni Award, one of the most prestigious given by the university, goes to alumni who have made outstanding achievements in their profession and/or public affairs. A history of involvement with the university is not a prerequisite for this award.

Please note: only alumni can be nominated for the Distinguished Service and Outstanding Alumni awards. The only award for which non-alumni can be nominated is the Honorary Alumni Award. University trustees serving current terms, alumni association board members and their spouses, and current ECU employees are not eligible to receive these awards, but may submit nominations. 

Anyone can nominate an East Carolina alumnus or supporter for an award. Nominations consist of a one-page form and at least one letter of recommendation. While a surprise nomination is possible, nominators are encouraged to work directly with their nominees to ensure that all information submitted is complete and accurate.

There are more than 155,000 East Carolina alumni living around the world. It is important that a wide variety of alumni and supporters are nominated. Every nomination is considered, as long as it is complete with all required documents and information. Awards can only be given to those who have been nominated!

The Alumni Awards program is vital to the alumni association’s goal of advancing the university. Honoring the service and achievements of alumni and supporters shows the value of an East Carolina education and the impact of this institution. This in turn increases acclaim and esteem for the university and draws ever more qualified students and faculty to campus, ensuring the university’s progress.

For more information, visit PirateAlumni.com/AwardsProcess or call 800-ECU-GRAD. Questions may be directed to Director of Alumni Programs Shawn Moore at 252-328-5775 or mooresh@ecu.edu.