Bolden honored as
Scouts' Man of the Year


Don 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.

A luncheon was held in his honor, and a number of Elon University folks were on hand to help honor a longtime Elon benefactor.

Bolden's story 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 articles.

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.

Bolden has 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 honor.



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