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Citadel News Service
7 May 2011

2011 honorary degree recipients - South Carolina Corps of Cadets

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The Citadel Board of Visitors presented five honorary degrees during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement on May 7, 2011. The 2011 recipients are:

Charles B. Coe

After serving his country in Vietnam, Charles B. Coe came to The Citadel as a veteran student, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Coe then began a remarkable career in the telecommunications industry. He rose quickly through the ranks of AT&T and BellSouth and, at the time of this retirement, was the president of Network Services for BellSouth Telecommunications.

Throughout the years, Mr. Coe has served The Citadel in key leadership roles. As chairman of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors for four years and a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, he has helped position the college to maintain its standards of excellence as it meets the needs of 21st century students. Most recently, he proved his business acumen and leadership on a four-person task force, the Financial Analysis Group, which developed strategic recommendations to help make The Citadel stronger for years to come. 

Together with his wife, Janis, the Coes have been generous in support of causes they feel passionate about. Their philanthropy has benefitted not only The Citadel but the greater Charleston region as well. Such entities as the Dock Street Theater and The Point, an organization dedicated to helping cure breast cancer, can offer broader services because of the Coe’s support.

Grounded by a commitment to the highest integrity, Mr. Coe has demonstrated the character, sense of purpose and vision of a business leader who serves as the ideal role model for future generations of alumni.

In recognition of his noteworthy leadership and selfless commitment to his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present Charles B. Coe with the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration. 

William Baer Endictor

William Baer Endictor graduated from The Citadel in 1959 as a pre-med major with a Bachelor of Science degree. After starting at the Medical College of Virginia, he realized that his true interest was in law and changed his career focus. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1963.

A specialist in international and trial law, Mr. Endictor pursued a career distinguished by standing up for principles that are at the heart of our legal system. He successfully tried hundreds of cases in different parts of the world and also served as Assistant Solicitor for the state of Georgia. In that position, he became well known for his work combating pornography and organized crime, successfully litigating cases all the way to the nation’s highest court, the United States Supreme Court.

In the 1970s Mr. Endictor joined E.T. Barwick Industries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of floor coverings, as general counsel. He later became president and CEO of that Fortune 500 company.

During the past four decades, Mr. Endictor has been loyal and supportive of The Citadel with his time and talents. He is past president of The Citadel Alumni Association, a founder of The Citadel Development Foundation and a former director of The Citadel Foundation. He serves as chairman for the Class of 1959 and leads The Citadel Volunteers group in Georgia. As a member of the Society of 1842, he has joined The Citadel Foundation’s most elite philanthropic circle.

Mr. Endictor has also generously supported several Atlanta charities including the Atlanta Food Bank, a Feed the Hungry organization and three hospitals.

In recognition of his leadership to his profession and his deep commitment to his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present William Baer Endictor with the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. 

Charles Albin Klinger 

Charles Albin Klinger graduated in the top three in his Class of 1960 at The Citadel. A Star of the West Scholar, Honor Graduate and editor of the Sphinx, Mr. Klinger left his alma mater with a Fulbright Scholarship and the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Scholarship.

Mr. Klinger studied at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar and later earned a master’s degree in International Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

After serving in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant, Mr. Klinger began his career with IBM Corporation where he rose through the ranks to become World Trade Director of IBM’s European Headquarters in Paris. He retired from IBM in 1992 and became the CEO of Medifax, Inc., a small medical records company in Kansas City, Missouri. Under his leadership, the company quadrupled in size and was positioned to go public in 1999.

An active Citadel alumnus, Mr. Klinger has served as president of the New York Citadel Club; a regional alumni director for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; and as Georgia’s co-chairman for The General Mark W. Clark Campaign for The Citadel Tomorrow.

In 2000, Mr. Klinger returned to the Lowcountry where he has shared his vision of a global education with The Citadel’s faculty and cadets. Through his work as chairman of the Star of the West Foundation, he has been instrumental in helping cadets spend a semester or summer studying abroad on full scholarships. His work with the School of Business Administration, the Honors Program and individual faculty members has created opportunities for cadets to study in universities in the Far East, Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

Throughout his career, Mr. Klinger has displayed a reverence for professional ethics and family values. Honesty and integrity – the principles that shaped his cadet life – have been the foundation of his professional and personal life.
In recognition of his leadership and service to the business world and the college, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present Charles Albin Klinger with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. 

John C. Land, III

The Honorable John C. Land, III is the longest-serving member of both the South Carolina General Assembly and the South Carolina Senate. He grew up in the close-knit town of Manning, South Carolina, where he showed an early inclination for leadership, becoming an Eagle Scout at the age of 14. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and earned his Juris Doctor from the university’s School of Law in 1968. That same year he became secretary of the South Carolina Democratic Party.

In 1974, Senator Land was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, and in 1977, won his first election to the South Carolina Senate. Thus began a life of devoted public service to the residents of his home district and the people of South Carolina.

For more than three decades, Senator Land has worked for the improvement of state services with leadership roles on committees dealing with agriculture, natural resources, workers’ compensation and transportation. In 1993, his colleagues elected Senator Land chairman of the Democratic Caucus and he is now the minority leader of the State Senate.

His work has earned him the title of Legislator of the Year from both the South Carolina Pharmacy Association and the South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts. In 1996, he received The Compleat Lawyer Award from the South Carolina Law School Alumni Association.

Senator Land has received honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees from Francis Marion University and the College of Charleston, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
His distinguished record of public service is marked by a staunch dedication to the well-being of South Carolina citizens. In addition, Senator Land has been a friend to higher education and to The Citadel.

In recognition of his extensive service to the people of South Carolina and for his commitment to this college, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present The Honorable John C. Land, III with the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration.

George F. Will 

For almost four decades George F. Will, Ph.D., has served the American public with honest, accurate and insightful reflections on the day’s news.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, Dr. Will was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and later at Oxford University and Princeton University where he earned his Ph.D. Although he has become a nationally acclaimed columnist, television commentator and author, Dr. Will began his career, not in the newsroom, but in the classroom, teaching at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Will’s newspaper column for The Washington Post, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1977, appears twice weekly in more than 400 newspapers. In 1976, Dr. Will became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine. He also serves as a contributing analyst with ABC News and is a regular member of ABC’s Sunday morning news program, This Week.

Dr. Will is a prolific and versatile writer. His publications include eight collections of his "Newsweek" and "Washington Post" columns, three books on political theory and two "New York Times" best sellers on baseball. Because of his expertise and passion for America’s pastime, he was picked to serve on Major League Baseball’s Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics. 

A finalist in the 1979 National Magazine Awards competition, Dr. Will has also received the 1978 National Headliners Award for outstanding special features as well as a 1980 Silurian Award for editorial writing. In 1985, the "Washington Journalism Review" named Dr. Will the ”Best Writer, Any Subject.” "The National Journal" named him one of Washington’s 25 most influential journalists in 1997.

As one of the most significant writers in America, Dr. Will embodies the high standards of excellence and ethics that define his work and make him a role model for aspiring journalists.

In recognition of his lifetime achievements and his contributions to the thoughtful discussion of issues in America, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present George F. Will with the honorary degree of Doctor of Journalism.

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