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Citadel News Service
4 Apr 2011

Five leaders in public service, industry named Leaders of Principle

The founders of Water Missions International top the list of the 2011 inductees into The Citadel School of Business Administration’s Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at an invitation-only banquet on Thursday, April 7.

The Hall of Fame Leaders of Principle program honors principled leaders who have demonstrated substantial success in their professional lives and have made significant contributions to their communities. In addition, each recipient has lived a life consistent with The Citadel’s mission to educate and develop leaders of principle to serve a global community and demonstrates the values of integrity, diversity, respect and professional and intellectual development for all.

The 2011 inductees are:

  • George and Molly Greene, co-founders of Water Missions International 
  • Harvey Schiller, Citadel Class of 1961, CEO and chairman of Global Options Group, an integrated risk mitigation firm. 
  • Henry Dale Smith, Sr., Citadel Class of 1947, founder of fourth largest national pharmaceutical wholesaler in the nation.

This year’s recipient of the Alvah H. Chapman Distinguished Leader Award is J. Gresham Barrett, former U.S. representative for South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, and a member of The Citadel Class of 1983. 

"We honor five people for their selfless service to others and for the leadership example they set for developing leaders of principle,” said Ron Green, dean of The Citadel School of Business Administration. “They have enjoyed substantial success in their professional lives, made significant contributions to their communities, and lived a life consistent with The Citadel and the School of Business Administration’s missions and values.”

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Molly and George Greene

Since its inception in 2001, Water Missions International, an engineering relief and development  Christian non-profit, has provided safe water to 2 million people in developing countries and disaster areas worldwide under the direction of the Greenes. Together, in 1981, they founded General Engineering Laboratories, which they grew into one of the largest privately held mixed waste environmental testing laboratories in the United States. They sold their company in 2001 and started Water Missions International, three years after their relief efforts when Honduras was hit by Hurricane Mitch. 

Together, the Greenes have earned Rotary International’s “Service Above Self” Award, 2008; the American Water Works Association Award of Merit, 2007; La Societe Francaise Prix D’Honneur, 2005; and the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award, 2003. In 2010, Molly was honored as Charleston Women in International Trade’s “Woman of the Year.” She has been honored as Charleston Federation of Women’s Clubs’ “Woman of the Year” in 2006. She has served on Trident United Way’s Board and the Board of Visitors of MUSC. She is the Chairman of the Water Missions International Board. 

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Harvey Schiller

Harvey Schiller served for 24 years in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of brigadier general. He flew more than 1,200 support missions during the Vietnam War and later taught Chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is currently the vice chairman of Diversified Search Odgers Berndston and chairman of the board and chief executive officer of GlobalOptions Group.

A well-known name in the world of athletics, Schiller has served as chairman and CEO of Yankee/Nets; president of Turner Sports, Inc.; executive director and secretary general of the United States Olympic Committee and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. While president of Turner Sports, he oversaw the Goodwill Games and World Championship Wrestling. The International Olympic Committee presented him with its highest honor, the Olympic Order, for his work in planning the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Schiller has also served as president of the International Baseball Federation and is a member of the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Henry Dale Smith Sr.

Henry Dale Smith, Sr., is chairman emeritus for H.D. Smith, the pharmaceutical wholesale company he founded in Springfield, Ill., in 1954. It is the fourth largest national pharmaceutical wholesaler with distribution centers currently in California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Texas. The company has grown from four employees with no preexisting business relationships or customers in 1954 to nearly 800 employees and a vast portfolio of manufacturer partners and more than 3,500 customers across the nation. 

From early in his career, Smith has always had a deep commitment to the healthcare industry. For decades, he has been a member of the National Wholesale Druggists Association and was a regular attendee at national and regional meetings. In 1973 he joined the NWDA Pharmaceutical Marketing Committee, serving as its chairman in 1975. From 1984 to 1986 Smith served on the NWDA Board of Directors. He was a member of the Marion CEO Club, and was recognized as having “evidenced sincere interest in the progress of the pharmaceutical industry” by Marion in April 1989. In 1993 Henry Dale served on the Amgen Wholesale Advisory Board.

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Gresham Barrett

The Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award was created to recognize exceptional young leaders 30 to 50 years old, who have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities, just as Chapman did. 

J. Gresham Barrett retired this year from Congress after 15 years public service. While in office he served on the Education and Public Works Committee, Labor Commerce and Industry Committee, Rules Committee, and the School Choice Ad Hoc Committee. He was also the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Urban Growth. During the 2000 Presidential Election, Barrett was a member of the George W. Bush for President South Carolina State Steering Committee. After graduating from The Citadel, Barrett served four years in the Army.

He has served as a member of several boards, including president of the Westminster Rotary Club, Chairman of the Oconee District Boy Scouts, president of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Oconee County Red Cross, member of the Oconee Kids Do Count Board, and coach of the Barrett’s Furniture Pony League baseball team.

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