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’79 Alumnus Honored with Catawba’s Church/College Award

May 18, 2015

Category: Alumni, Events


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 L-R:  Eleanor, Greg and Missie Alcorn

Gregory M. Alcorn, a 1979 alumnus of Catawba College, was honored by his alma mater as the recipient of the 2015 Church/College Award. Alcorn, who lives in Salisbury and is an active member in First United Church of Christ there, received the award during a dinner held May 15 in the Center for the Environment on campus.

The Church/College Award was established in 2008 as a way for the College to recognize and express appreciation to persons who have served both the Church and the College in exemplary ways.

Alcorn, who has lived in Salisbury since he was eight years old, grew up on the Catawba campus. He was the son of the Rev. Edwin M. Alcorn and Mrs. Edith Alcorn. His father served as a United Church of Christ minister and was the first association minister of the Western Association of the Southern Conference of the UCC and his mother was a school teacher. After graduating from Catawba, Alcorn earned his MBA from UNC-Charlotte. He began a business career that has led to where he is currently founder and CEO at Global Contact Services.

He has served on Catawba College Board of Trustees since 1999 and has served on several of its committees including Finance, Enrollment, and Audit, and has served on the board of the Chief’s Club and several Presidential Search teams. He was recognized by Catawba as the recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

He serves as a board member of United Church Homes and Services, a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education, a board member of Families First, Salisbury Community Foundation, and the First United Church of Christ Foundation, and is active with Salisbury Academy, First Tee of Salisbury and the Boy Scouts.

Married for 25 years to wife Missie, a business owner in Salisbury, the couple has two children, Clark and Eleanor, both students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Previous recipients of the College Church/Ministry Award include its inaugural recipients in 2008, Wade Hampton Shuford, Jr. ’50 and the late Claude Abernethy, Jr.; the Rev. Dr. Richard Cheek ’47 in 2009; the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hamilton ’55 in 2010; the Rev. Kristin Gerner Vaughn ’99 in 2011; the Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel ’80 in 2012; and the Rev. June Grubb ’62 in 2013.