TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — April 26, 2011 -
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association (NAA) will hold its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. in the FAMU Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $75 per person and a table of eight is $800.
The recipients of the 2011 NAA Distinguished Alumni Awards are as follows:
Coach William H. Wilson earned his B.S. and M.A. from FAMU’s College of Education. While a student, “ChickenShack,” as he was fondly known, played football from 1958—1961 as a halfback. During that time, he played on the legendary Coach Alonzo Jake Gaither’s “Blood” and “Sweat” units in the National Black College Championship games alongside such notables as “Bullet Bob” Hayes. Following a stint playing professionally for the Houston Oilers, Wilson arrived in Indian River, Fla. There, as an educator and coach for more than 30 years, he worked with parents to provide a sound basis for his students’ growth.
Oteman C. Delancy Sr. earned his B.S. in construction engineering from FAMU’s College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA). At quarterback, he led the Rattlers through two winning seasons, including the 1996 MEAC Championship. He was twice named the Florida Classic Most Valuable Player and was voted MEAC and Black College Player of the Year. A true All-American, he demonstrated the same hard-driving spirit on and off the field, breaking all-time passing records and graduating magna cum laude. In 2006, he was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame.
His work as a certified general contractor and project executive for Skanska USA Building Inc. has enabled him to pursue his dream of leaving a lasting legacy at FAMU, where he oversaw the construction of FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) and the College of Pharmacy’s Phases I and II.
As a financial advisor, insurance underwriter and veteran, MAJ Gregory L. Clark, LUTCF, RFC, USAR knows well that a small amount of advance preparation can pay huge dividends. At FAMU, Clark earned his B.S. in business economics while claiming three MEAC Championships in baseball. He later attended both military college and the American College, where he earned his Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow advisor designation in 2003.
In the field or in private practice, Clark focuses on helping individuals and groups thrive by providing high-quality advice and customized planning to provide real results to real people. He has been a financial advisor with New York Life Insurance Co. and his own MetLife office, AUREUS Financial Management. Clark is also a 22-year veteran in the United States Army Reserve. On his current assignment, with the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group, he and his staff develop logistics, training, defense, intelligence and mobilizations for more than 2,000 soldiers in a nine-state area.
A graduate of FAMU’s SJGC, Shonda Knight can be found throughout the Panhandle helping SJGC students and alumni improve their skills. After graduation, Knight worked at local channel WTXL. Within a few short years, she joined Tallahassee’s CBS affiliate WCTV-TV, where she became the station’s first African-American morning news anchor on the Good Morning Show, which she hosted for three years.
She is currently the station’s executive producer and anchor for Eyewitness News at Noon. As a special assignment reporter, she has taken on such difficult topics as autism and metastatic breast cancer as well as community affairs stories and breaking news.
During his collegiate days, Tommy L. Mitchell Sr. was a notable Rattler. After graduating with his B.S., he took his skills on the road with the Harlem Globetrotters as a featured dribbler appearing on network television and touring Europe. After his stint in professional sports, he returned to school earning his M.S. in health education and a post-graduate degree in administration and supervision from City University of New York.
For 28 years, Mitchell worked for FAMU as director of Alumni Affairs, the Black Male College Explorers Program and the Community Development Corporation. He is a past president of the Council of National Alumni Associations, a former board member of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame and Alumni Administration Commissioner for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He currently serves as the 16th president of the FAMU NAA and is a life member.
Alan Williams graduated from FAMU with a B.S. in 1998 and an M.B.A. in 2003 from the School of Business and Industry (SBI). Even during his college days, he was an involved public servant, fulfilling the role of Student Government Association senator from 1993—1998. One of his chief accomplishments was establishing the campus “Venom” shuttle, the university’s first inter-campus transportation service.
A third generation Rattler, Williams is the past Leon County Chapter President of the National Alumni Association, Inc.
After graduating from FAMU, Williams became even more involved in politics and community development. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, serving as Democratic deputy whip representing District 8. He has sponsored several bills and serves on many committees and subcommittees including Energy and Utilities and Higher Education Appropriations.