GWU Trustee Honored with Baptist Heritage Award

A Mooresville, N.C., businessman has been recognized for his exemplary giving and service to Gardner-Webb University. Randall “Randy” L. Marion received the 2016-2017 N.C. Baptist Heritage Award in a ceremony sponsored by the North Carolina Baptist State Convention and the N.C. Baptist Foundation.

Marion serves Gardner-Webb as a trustee and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Gardner-Webb in December 2012. A friend once described him as “a man of great vision, with the passion and drive to see those visions through to fruition.” He embodies the type of entrepreneurial spirit and professional integrity that GWU aspires to instill in its students.

Marion is owner of Randy Marion Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, with dealerships in Mooresville, Huntersville, and Statesville. He was recognized by General Motors as the largest retail and fleet sales volume dealer in the Carolinas for more than six years, the largest in the Southeast in both 2010 and 2011, and the nation’s fifth largest in 2009.

In his many years of civic and philanthropic leadership, Marion has served as Chairman of the Board for Lake Norman Regional Medical Center and has chaired and served on numerous other professional and civic boards in Mooresville. He was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, which today feeds up to 14,000 people each year. For these and other outstanding accomplishments, Marion was awarded “the Order of the Long Leaf Pine” in 2001 by the Governor of North Carolina.