year, the Elon Alumni Association honors several select distinguished
alumni and friends of the university as part of Homecoming festivities.
Among those in the group of honorees this year was Don Bolden, chairman
and founding member of the School of Communications Advisory Board.
Burlington, N.C., was given the Distinguished Service Award, presented
to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service that promotes
the advancement of Elon. The citation presented stated that Bolden
"has ably advised the administration and faculty of the School
of Communications and played a significant role in the development
of the largest undergraduate program at Elon University."
resident of Alamance County, he began his journalism career as a
high school student and rose through the ranks at the Burlington
Times-News while he was in the process of earning a journalism degree
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He served as
executive editor of the Times-News from 1989-2000 and has written
four books on the history of Alamance County. Bolden was named Alamance
County Citizen of the Year in 1990 and the Boy Scouts of America's
Alamance County Man of the Year in 2003. He is a past president
of the North Carolina Associated Press News Council and served on
the boards of Elon Homes for Children and the Alamance Chamber of
Commerce. He was awarded the Freedom Communications R.C. Hoiles
Award in 1998.
He and his
wife Billie Faye are regular fixtures at Elon social events, theatrical
and music productions and athletic contests, acting as generous
contributors of time, talent and financial support for the university.