Honors and Awards

Douglas L. Jones Sr., a managing engineer for Michelin Tire Corporation, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wofford College National Alumni Association. In 1969 Jones was the first African American to graduate from Wofford.

Colin Channer, author and Newhouse Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, received the Silver Musgrave Medal for his contributions to literature from the Institute of Jamaica.

Nancy A. Boxhill, Fulton County commissioner, received the Local Community Service Award from Spelman College in Atlanta. She was honored for her commitment to leadership on issues affecting women, children, and the homeless.

A new residence hall on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings was named in honor of Cleveland Abbott. A 1916 graduate, Abbott was the first African-American varsity athlete at the university. He later served as head football coach and director of athletics at Tuskegee University for 32 years. Abbott died in 1955.