NORFOLK, Va. — South Carolina State graduate Willie B. Owens Sr., a retired educator and civic and community activist, will be among alumni from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools recognized Thursday, March 10, during the league’s annual basketball tournament at the Scope arena.
Owens and an alumnus from each of the league’s 13 institutions will be presented a Distinguished Alumni Award during an on-court appearance at halftime of the 8 p.m. quarterfinal contest. The honorees are being recognized for notable accomplishments and contributions to their respective universities.
Owens, the immediate past president of the Greater Orangeburg Chapter of the S.C. State National Alumni Association, has been a longtime avid supporter of and contributor to South Carolina State University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
The retired teacher and principal served on the Regional Medical Center board and Orangeburg County Council, and is co-host of “The Struggle Continues” on WSSB Radio.Owens has received a number of honors and awards previously for his contributions to S.C. State, the Orangeburg and Bamberg communities and his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Among the other honorees are state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg (Florida A&M) and April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio News (Morgan State).