Bolden, chairman of Elon University's School of Communications Advisory
Board and editor emeritus of the Burlington Times-News, was recently
honored as Alamance County's Man of the Year by the Old North State
Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
was held in his honor, and a number of Elon University folks were
on hand to help honor a longtime Elon benefactor.
is one of a local boy who stayed in his community to serve as a
leader his entire lifetime. He graduated from Burlington High School
and the University of North Carolina. He first joined the Times-News
in 1948, when he was still in high school, worked through his college
years and then just kept on working. He "retired" in January
2000, after 51 years at the newspaper, but he's still writing a
weekly personal column, an occasional editorial and many travel
In his career
at the Times-News, Bolden worked in every area of the news department.
He became editor in 1982, and retired as the paper's first executive
editor, a position he held for 11 years.
written for national magazines, and he is the author of four books
on Alamance County history. His 1995 book, "Alamance, A County
at War," won the top award from the North Carolina Historical
Society that year.
He has been
active in local and state Baptist church activities and has served
on many, many boards and committees in the area, including the committee
currently seeking All-American City designation for the city of
Burlington. He has been a member of the board of Elon Homes for
Children for more than 20 years. He was named Alamance County Citizen
of the Year in 1990. He is married to the former Billie Faye Johnson,
his high school sweetheart.
Don and Billie
Faye have been Elon University benefactors for many years, and the
Dean's Office in the School of Communications is named in their