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South Carolina State University graduate Robert D. “Bob” Ayers was among the outstanding Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference alumni recognized during the league’s 2019 basketball tournament March 11-16 at The Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.

Brown, along with an alumnus from each of the MEAC’s 12 institutions, was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award during an on-court ceremony at halftime of the March 14 quarterfinal contest. The recognition goes to MEAC alumni who have earned outstanding achievements and made notable contributions to their respective universities and communities.

A Chester native who now resides in Hampton, Virginia, Ayers earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from S.C. State in 1958. He also holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Hampton University. He is part of a long list of distinguished graduates of the Bulldog ROTC Battalion, earning a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in July of 1958. He spent 21 years in the service in a variety of positions before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1978.

After his retirement, he embarked on a life of service to the Hampton Roads community and his alma mater, working with disadvantaged youth and their families in a number of capacities.

In alumni-related activities, he is a Life Member of the SCSU National Alumni Chapter, and he has been awarded the SCSU Stellar Alumni Award and has provided financial support to the university for more 40 years. He is also affiliated with numerous other community and civic organizations.

Ayers is married to the former Tonia Bailey and they live in Hampton, Virginia.

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