The Distinguished Alumni Award is conferred annually at a signature event that celebrates the awardees’ achievements. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards were conferred on Friday, April 15. This year’s recipients are Jocelyn Burton (’80), David Dupree (MBA ’78), and Bob McCreary (’61).
Jocelyn Burton has spent her life as an advocate, first for her classmates at Wake Forest and, more recently, for children and victims of discrimination. She’s spent nearly three decades in private practice and public service, including a stint as an assistant United States attorney in San Francisco.
Long before he became a successful businessman, David Dupree spent one summer sitting in a lawn chair in the back of a pickup truck, counting cars along North Carolina roads. Then he received a scholarship to what was then the Babcock Graduate School of Management. He’s never forgotten what Wake Forest did for him.
It’s been 55 years since Bob McCreary suited up to play football for coaches Paul Amen and Bill Hildebrand, but his passion for Wake Forest athletics has never been greater. He’s given more than $20 million to Wake Forest, making him one of the University’s most generous donors as well as the largest donor to athletic programs.