2015 Education Hall of Fame Inductees
Dr. George Litton
Dr. George Litton, former head football coach at Gardner-Webb, served the Cleveland County, N.C., community for dozens of years as a school administrator and longtime principal at Crest High School. He later became a longtime member and chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Education. He was the recipient of the Raleigh Dingman Award for Most Outstanding School Board Member in 2009 and was an active member of the Communities in Schools Board of Directors and the Cleveland Community College Board of Visitors.
Hoyt Q. Bailey
Hoyt Q. Bailey founded the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland County and was a former chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Education. He received the Raleigh Dingman Most Outstanding School Board Member award in 1995. He served as a former trustee at Gardner-Webb and received an honorary doctorate from the University in 1997. His leadership as a board member of the Dover Foundation, started by his wife’s family—owners of Dover Mill in Shelby—has been instrumental in providing thousands of dollars in college scholarships to high school students. The board has also supported countless other educational endeavors in Cleveland County.
Ezra Bridges (1905-2010) was a devoted educator who tirelessly served the Cleveland County community in immeasurable ways. She worked for former North Carolina Governor Oliver Max Gardner and his wife, Faye Webb-Gardner, the namesakes of Gardner-Webb University. An African-American woman, Bridges attended Scotia Seminary for teachers and taught for 46 years in the Shelby schools, many of those years at the segregated Cleveland School. A lifelong learner, Bridges earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampton Institute in Virginia in 1942 and a master’s from Columbia University in New York in 1946.
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2016 Education Hall of Fame Inductees
Isothermal Community College President Walter Dalton—former N.C. Lieutenant Governor—has worked tirelessly to improve educational opportunities in North Carolina. A native of Rutherford County, N.C., Dalton is committed to aligning education and training efforts to meet modern workforce needs both within the region and beyond.
Dr. Collette Deviney
For decades, Dr. Collette Deviney has served students, parents, and citizens of Cleveland County, N.C., as a beloved administrator and community volunteer. As the recipient of several community awards for service, Deviney continues to invest in area educational endeavors with a spirit of active involvement and service.
Richard “Stick” Williams
Richard “Stick” Williams of Charlotte, N.C., launched Project LIFT—a five-year effort to boost graduation rates in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. As president of the Duke Energy Foundation, Williams is heavily involved in educational and philanthropic efforts throughout his community.