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Dr. Wilson Receives Honorary Doctorate from Montreat College

Montreat resident Dr. Charles Larry Wilson received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Montreat College on Saturday, December 17, 2011 during the Commencement Ceremony. Dr. Wilson served at Montreat College in many capacities over the years, including the role of Director of Athletics, Director of Financial Aid, Dean of Students, and Vice President/Dean of the College.

Dr. Wilson was born on April 28, 1934, in Tryon, North Carolina. He earned his B.S. at Springfield College in 1956 and accepted a teaching and coaching position at Skaneateles High School in New York. He earned his M.S. at the State University of New York at Cortland in 1961 and his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1971.

Dr. Wilson moved to Montreat in 1965 and began his long and distinguished career in this mountain cove both with the College and the Mountain Retreat Association, where he was Director of Recreation until 1977. He was Chairman of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department and Director of Athletics while coaching basketball, baseball, track, cross country, soccer, tennis, and gymnastics. For two years, he was Director of Financial Aid (1977-1979). He served as the Dean of Students from 1973 to 1986 and then as the Vice President/Dean of the College from 1986 to 1993.

Dr. Wilson’s long list of civic and charitable services include membership in the Montreat Presbyterian Church since 1965, where he has served as an Elder and Clerk of the Session; leadership with the Boy Scouts of America; East Buncombe County Chairman of the United Way; member of the Land-of-Sky Regional Council; Chairman, new Charles D. Owen High School Committee; member and past president, Black Mountain Rotary Club; and Commissioner, Town of Montreat.

Among his many accomplishments at Montreat College not cited above: he chaired the committees that built Newell Field and the Belk Campus Center; expanded the physical education and wilderness programs and degrees; conducted the first chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; expanded athletics from one team to 12; initiated the four-year athletic program and membership in the Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference, which is now known as the Appalachian Athletic Conference; and chaired the committee to move the college from a 2-year to a 4-year institution. Dr. Wilson was inducted into the 2000 Cavalier Hall of Fame.

Dr. Wilson says that he has tried to live his life according to the “three M’s: Master, Mission, Mate.” He and his wife, Judy, live in Montreat and have four children and twelve grandchildren. Their daughter, Susan, and her husband, Chuck, have served on the Montreat College Board of Visitors.

Written By: Israel Wright
Posted By: Annie Carlson
Date Posted: 3/1/2012
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