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BC Alumni Board Names Top Faculty And Alumni - Brevard, NC


September 18, 2017

Members of the Brevard College Alumni Association Board met on the campus last weekend to welcome freshmen and help them move in. The board also held its first meeting of the new academic year.

The BCAA Board announced the recipients of the Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni awards, to be presented at Homecoming on Oct. 7.

The Distinguished Alumnus is Eric Green, graduate of the class of 1960. After acquiring an MBA in public administration, Green spent 30 years in leadership roles at the Center of Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As deputy director for management, he served as public health consultant to the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.

During that time, Green continued to serve Brevard College as the president of the Alumni Association Board, member of the Board of Visitors, and long-time chairman of the Class of 1960 Reunion Committee. As members of the Brevard Society, Eric and Beverly Greene have supported BC’s annual scholarship campaign and have been regular contributors to the Class of 1960 Scholarship.

The alumni association board chose to honor two retired faculty members as Distinguished Faculty: Preston Woodruff and Norm Witek.

Woodruff taught religion and philosophy from 1973 to 1996, and his impact on the students of Brevard is still felt today.

Former student Dr. Tim Crist, Class of ‘85, said, “Not a day goes by where I don’t channel Professor Woodruff in who I am and what I do as a professor of music at Arkansas State University. He is a great mentor even now. His lasting influence on his students is a great testimony to a man that was not only exemplary as a teacher, but showed genuine interest in connecting with his students in meaningful ways. Some of my most vivid memories of my time at Brevard were meeting with Professor Woodruff in his office to discuss not only issues pertaining to class but also more personal issues of faith, history, language, politics, psychology, girls, and blue jeans!”

Today, Woodruff owns Appalachian Tree Works and makes carved wooden bowls, spoons and handmade dulcimers in the Appalachian tradition.

For many in the Brevard community, Witek is known for champion cross-country and track teams. Witek taught at Brevard College for 47 years and touched the lives of thousands of students in the classroom and on the track. During his tenure, Witek served as chairman of Faculty Council, Division Chairman for Health and Physical Education where he taught physical education licensure and a coaching minor.

Under Witek’s coaching, Brevard College won the first national title in the marathon, followed by four straight national cross country championships beginning in 1982. Witek is the only non-professional athlete in the country to have an athletic shoe named after him, the “Witek” women’s running shoe by Adidas.

“The Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumnus Awards are the highest honor given by the Alumni Association, chosen from among nominations submitted by our own alumni,” said Jenny Munro ‘67, vice-chair of the board and chair of the 50th reunion class. “Brevard College is so lucky to have an alumnus of the caliber of Eric, and to have benefited from two such outstanding faculty members as Preston and Norm. We are proud to induct them into the Distinguished Gallery of Alumni and Faculty.”

In honor of the award recipients, the alumni board is encouraging alumni and friends to make a gift to the Brevard College annual fund to support the alumni scholarship. To make a gift, go to or call (828) 884-8218.

The annual Distin-guished Gallery and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner occurs on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at (828) 884-8218 or online at


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