Wingate University announces commencement speaker

Bob Inman to speak at Wingate University
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University announces Bob Inman, novelist, award-winning writer and former WBTV news anchor, as the speaker at this year’s commencement ceremony. The University’s 116th commencement ceremony will be held on May 12 at 9 a.m. on the Academic Quadrangle.

“Bob likes to say he’s just a small-town kid and a storyteller,” said Jeff Atkinson, director of marketing and communications. “But that doesn’t begin to describe who Bob is. For almost three decades he was the Walter Cronkite of the Carolinas – one of the most recognized faces on TV.”

Inman is the author of four novels, Home Fires Burning, Old Dogs and Children, Dairy Queen Days and Captain Saturday. His fifth novel, The Governor’s Lady, will be published in 2013. He has written screenplays for six motion pictures for television, two of which have been “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentations.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Alabama with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He has been selected as “Outstanding Alumnus” of the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences and was inducted into the Alabama Communication Hall of Fame.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, Writers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, PEN American Center, North Carolina Writers Conference, North Carolina Writers Network, and Alabama Writers Forum. Inman and his wife, Paulette, live in Conover and Boone, N.C. Visit his website:

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to