Wingate University honors alum with Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. William Crouch, Jr. receives the Distinguished Alumni Award
Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Wingate University recently recognized Dr. William Crouch, Jr. at the 27th Annual Alumni Recognition Breakfast. The Alumni Breakfast held on Nov. 5 was part of the University’s Homecoming celebration. Crouch, a 1971 graduate of Wingate University, received a Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors the alumni who, through professional excellence and personal dedication, have been leaders in their communities.

Crouch. began his era of leadership-by-example when he became president of Georgetown College in 1991. Often described as a visionary, his initiatives at the college include: the achievement of numerous record-setting fundraising goals; the founding of many programs, such as the President's Ambassadors, the Presidential Mentorship Program and the Apprenticeship Challenge; the facilitation of the construction of a new Fine Arts building, a nationally acclaimed Learning Resource Center, and a high profile Athletic and Conference Center Complex.

He has been instrumental in increasing Georgetown's enrollment and vastly expanding the geographical base from which the student body comes, as well as leading the college to a Carnegie Foundation Baccalaureate College-Liberal Arts ranking. He has represented Georgetown College on a variety of community boards, including the executive committee of the United Way of the Bluegrass, the Lexington Area Sports Authority and Bluegrass Tomorrow. He also served on the National Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, was chair of the Board of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, is a member of the National Board of Trustees for The First Tee of the PGA Tour where he was a recipient of the national Founders award and is a member of the advisory board for the National Flight Academy.

Crouch is a Louisville, KY native. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1998, he was selected a Distinguished Fellow at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. In 2003, he was elected a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

About 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