Wingate University honors local residents with alumni award

James Cauble and G. Byrns Coleman receive awards

Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Two Wingate residents were recently recognized at Wingate University’s 27th Annual Alumni Recognition Breakfast. The Alumni Breakfast held on Nov. 5 was part of the University’s Homecoming celebration.

Dr. G. Byrns Coleman was recognized with the Honorary Alumni Award, which honors individuals who are not graduates of Wingate University but have taken active roles in university life and contributed to its success. Coleman began teaching at Wingate Junior College in 1960 and has continued teaching under four Wingate presidents and through the move from junior college to a four-year college, then to university status. A Harry and Frances Cannon Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion, he was awarded for “50 Years of Teaching” – a record tenure at Wingate University. He has served as interim pastor and Bible study leader in several area churches, as well as a host of a weekly Bible study class on the University’s TV station.

James Cauble, a 1955 graduate, received a Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors the alumni who, through professional excellence and personal dedication, have been leaders in their communities. Not only is he an alum, but he taught at Wingate College and Wingate University, achieving the rank of Associate Professor of Psychology. Cauble has traveled extensively throughout Europe visiting Germany, France, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Italy. Cable also enjoys hunting for antiques, are and collectibles and donated many of these items to the annual Silent Auction at Wingate University, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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