Two Catawba College Trustees were honored Wednesday, May 16 at Catawba College as the recipients of the prestigious Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. Presentations to Claude B. Hampton, Jr. of Salisbury and James L. Williamson of Charlotte were made during the College's annual President's Circle Dinner, held to recognize the institution's major donors, in the Cannon Student Center.
The award is given each year to the individual who has played a major role in supporting the college and its programs through their time, talent and resources. It was established in 1983 in honor of trustee emeritus Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. of Conover, who died in 2000.
Catawba College President Dr. Robert Knott presented the awards to the two in front of an audience of close to 300 individuals. He cited Hampton and Williamson as men "who have greatly enhanced the institution by their willingness to commit to long-term service on the Board." He said both had "enjoyed very successful careers in the business world and are role models to be emulated."
"The attributes which made them successful in business — a strong work ethic, diplomacy, and professionalism — have also made them successful as trustees of Catawba College," Knott said.
Both Hampton and Williamson are strong supporters of the institution. Each has established a First Family Scholarship at the College and avidly supports various capital and endowment campaigns, as well as Catawba's athletic programs.
Claude B. Hampton, Jr.
Hampton, who was born in Newton and grew up in Statesville, served in the United States Air Force during World War II and was decorated with the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. After his military service, he attended Catawba and earned a degree in business in 1948.
A year after his graduation from Catawba, Hampton joined Nabisco and advanced through the Biscuit Division's field selling organization before being named vice president of sales in 1976. In 1978, he was elected vice president of Nabisco, Inc., and president of the Biscuit Division. In 1981, he was named to the additional position of senior vice president and group executive, Nabisco Brands U.S.A.
In 1985, he was named executive vice president at Nabisco, but that same year, he elected instead to take early retirement and accept an invitation to join the Catawba College Board of Trustees. He and his late wife, Edith, moved back to Salisbury from New Jersey where they had made their home, and Hampton also began serving Catawba as an adjunct professor of business education.
A former director for Chubb Life Insurance Company, Hampton has served on a variety of other business boards. In 1986, Catawba awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree.
Hampton earned his master's degree in marketing from the School of Business and International Marketing at Syracuse University and a degree from the advanced management program at Harvard University.
He is father of two adult children and two grandchildren.
James L. Williamson
Williamson, a North Carolina native who was raised in Forest City, is a 1954 alumnus of Catawba. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and went on to obtain his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He used his degrees to rise in the ranks as a certified public accountant at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. or Charlotte, eventually becoming a partner in that firm.
Williamson has served as president of Catawba's Alumni Board, as a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Ketner School of Business, and the Planned Giving Advisory Board. He chaired the Charlotte Alumni Campaign Organization during Catawba's Campaign for Excellence, and served on the Campaign Steering Committee of another capital effort. He was a member of the Presidential Search Committee in the early 1990s.
In 1987, Catawba honored Williamson with its Distinguished Alumnus Award and tapped him for service on its Board of Trustees. In 1993, Catawba awarded him its O.B. Michael Award.
He is involved in numerous professional organizations. He was a member and president of the Charlotte Athletic Club, a member of the Charlotte Chapter of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants. He also served on the Board of Advisors for Providence Day School.
Williamson and wife Joanne, are parents of two daughters and are members of Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church in Charlotte.
Other Adrian L. Shuford Award Recipients
Hampton and Williamson are respectively the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth recipients of the Shuford Award. Other recipients and the year in which they received the award include Dr. Theodore P. Leonard, 1983; Enoch A. Goodman, 1984; Clifford A. Peeler, 1985; James F. Hurley, 1986; Ralph W. Ketner, 1987; Elizabeth C. Stanback, 1988; Roy E. Leinbach, Jr., 1989; Frances H. Johnson, 1990; Patricia P. Rendleman, 1991; Mariam Cannon Hayes, 1992; Tom E. Smith, 1993; Claude S. Abernethy, Jr., 1994; Millard F. Wilson, 1995; Fred J. Stanback, Jr., 1996; Paul E. Fisher, 1997; Daniel E. Kirk, 1998; Mary O. Dearborn, 1999; Wilson L. Smith, 2000; Marion M. Richard, 2001; J. Fred and Bonnie Corriher, 2002; William C. Stanback, 2003; Jacqueline C. Leonard, 2004; Charles Taylor, Jr., 2005; Newton O. Fowler and C.A. “Junie” Michael III, 2006.