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Citadel News Service
9 May 2009

The Citadel presents honorary degrees to five on Saturday

More Class of 2009 commencement news

The Citadel and its Board of Visitors presented five honorary degrees during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9, 2009 in McAlister Field House.

The honorary degree is the highest honor the college can bestow upon someone.

Major General Arthur H. Baiden III

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Retired Army Major General Arthur H. Baiden III, of Greenville, South Carolina, is a 1962 graduate of The Citadel and currently serves as Chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors. He was president of The Citadel Alumni Association in 2001. As a cadet, he was second honor graduate, the first recipient of the LeTellier Award, a member of The Round Table and Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, and a member of the Summerall Guards.

Major General Baiden recently retired as president and CEO of Potter-Shackelford Construction Company. In 1997 he retired from the United States Army with the rank of major general after 35 years service on active duty and in the Army Reserves. A Ranger and master parachutist, Major General Baiden held numerous command assignments in the states and he also served two tours in Vietnam.

Major General Baiden’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In 1994 Major General Baiden received the Order of The Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest honor, for his service as Commanding General of the 120th Army Reserve Command and in support of Operation Desert Storm. He subsequently served as the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command and the first Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Command. He also served as a member of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee at the Pentagon in Washington.

In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel, Major General Baiden received his Master’s Degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He has served his community as president of the Speech, Hearing and Learning Center, president of the Wade Hampton Sertoma Club and Chairman of the Board of Carolinas AGC, the largest construction trades organization in the Carolinas. Major General Baiden is the current President of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

For his service to his country and contributions to his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to bestow upon Major General Arthur H. Baiden III the honorary degree of Doctor of Military Science.

E. Bart Daniel 

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E. Bart Daniel has distinguished himself as an attorney who has represented individual citizens and the public at large in the State of South Carolina.

In 1985, he founded a private practice concentrating on white collar criminal defense and civil litigation, including health care, securities and environmental and business litigation. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel in 1977 and his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1980.

Mr. Daniel has served as an Assistant State Attorney General and Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting fraud, income tax, customs and drug violations. As United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1989 to 1992, he led the investigation into one of South Carolina’s biggest public corruption scandals. Operation Lost Trust, a drugs-and-corruption investigation of the state Legislature, that began in 1989 and spanned the 1990s, resulting in the convictions of more than two dozen lobbyists and lawmakers.

Admired for his aggressive law enforcement efforts and as a litigator of exceptional ability, Mr. Daniel prosecuted the state’s first criminal environmental case and served as Special Counsel to the Governor, investigating allegations of public corruption and influence peddling in state government.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a federal prosecutor, Daniel was presented the United States Attorney’s Flag Award, the highest award given to any United States attorney. The State of South Carolina honored Mr. Daniel in 1995 by presenting him with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given to a South Carolina citizen.

Active in the Charleston area community, he is past President of the Charleston County Bar Association, Past Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, former member of The Citadel Board of Visitors and former member of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education where he chaired the Finance and Facilities Committee. Mr. Daniel currently is Chairman of the South Carolina Bar Association’s Judicial Center and Historic Courthouse Committee.

In recognition of his service and leadership to his country and to the state of South Carolina, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to bestow upon E. Bart Daniel the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

The Honorable Harry B. “Chip” Limehouse III 

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The Honorable State Representative Harry B. “Chip” Limehouse III has earned a reputation in the South Carolina House of Representatives for taking a stand on the most pressing issues of the day from economic development and the environment to the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Representative Limehouse was first elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1995 and has since continuously served District 110, which includes portions of Berkeley County and Charleston County.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Representative Limehouse currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Higher Education in the South Carolina House of Representatives. A commercial real estate broker, his extensive background and current profession have benefitted many individuals and government organizations in South Carolina. Representative Limehouse is a board member of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank, which works to improve transportation within the state. In the community, Representative Limehouse serves on the board of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. Over the years, he has devoted his time and expertise to other organizations, including the Public Safety Coordinating Council.

Representative Limehouse comes from a family of notable figures in South Carolina politics. A native of Charleston, his father Harry “Buck” Limehouse, Jr., Citadel Class of 1960, is the first person to be named Secretary of Transportation for the State of South Carolina. His great-grandfather is John F. Limehouse, for whom the Johns Island bridge in Charleston County is named. It is fitting that from a young age, Representative Limehouse would have a strong interest in politics.

During his youth, he worked on numerous local campaigns, passing out bumper stickers and posting signs. And, he has worked with many prominent state and national politicians, including the late U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and former President Ronald Reagan.

In recognition of his dedication to service and leadership in South Carolina and the Lowcountry, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to bestow upon Representative Harry B. “Chip” Limehouse III the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration.

Anderson Davis Warlick 

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Anderson Davis Warlick has distinguished himself in the business community as President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkdale Mills Inc. and for his leadership in the textile industry. Parkdale Mills Inc. is the world’s largest independent producer of cotton and cotton-blend yarns, with 29 plants and 3,500 employees in North and South Carolina.

A native and resident of Gaston County, North Carolina, Warlick is considered one of the most innovative leaders in the textile industry today.

Mr. Warlick came to The Citadel in 1975 "for the challenge" and credits the experience for his work ethic and resilience. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has served his alma mater with distinction for the last 14 years as a member of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors. He has held every leadership position within the Foundation and was instrumental in its founding. He currently serves on the Executive Committee, Development Committee and Investment Committee. Mr. Warlick recently helped conclude the “Campaign for The Citadel” as a member of its Steering Committee. The campaign surpassed its goal of $100 million, raising $107 million. As chairman of the Development Committee for the past six years, Warlick has played a major role in increasing annual campaign gifts by class reunion groups, reaching $3.5 million dollars in 2009. He established the Anderson D. Warlick Citadel Foundation Scholar Program to fund scholarships for four incoming freshmen who demonstrate scholastic and leadership abilities.

A graduate of the Management Development Program at the Harvard University Business School and the National Cotton Council’s leadership program, Mr. Warlick is active within the textile industry and serves on numerous boards. He is past Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations and a former board member for Parkdale Inc., Kent Manufacturing and Inman Mills. Mr. Warlick has served on the Gaston College Textile Technology Center Advisory Board and the North Carolina Textile Foundation.

Distinguished by his optimism, leadership, and vision in service to his community and his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to bestow upon Anderson Davis Warlick the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

U.S. Representative John M. Spratt Jr.

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The Honorable John M. Spratt, United States Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina, has established himself as an outstanding public servant and leader in South Carolina and in our nation.

Representative Spratt, who comes from a prominent York County family, graduated from York High School and Davidson College. At both schools, he was student body president. While at Davidson he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won a Marshal Scholarship to Oxford University where he studied economics and political science. After graduating from Yale Law School, Representative Spratt served our country for two years in the United States Army, working with the Operations Analysis Group in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. At the end of his stint in the Army, he was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal. And, in 1971, he returned to York County to practice law.

In his hometown, Representative Spratt was a county and school district attorney, President of the Bank of Fort Mill, and owner of a farm and a small insurance company. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church, president of the Chamber of Commerce and United Way, and served as chairman of the board of Divine Saviour Hospital. Representative Spratt has also served on the boards at Winthrop College, Davidson College and Coker College.

Representative Spratt was first elected to the United States Congress in 1982. As chairman of the Budget Committee, Representative Spratt sought to shape our federal budget and ensure financial stability in Congress. Among his proudest accomplishments is the Balanced Budget Agreement of 1997, which put the federal budget in a surplus for the first time in 30 years. Representative Spratt is the second ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee and is a member of three subcommittees: Oversight and Investigations, Strategic Forces, and Air and Land Forces.

For his service and leadership to his country and to the State of South Carolina, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to bestow upon U.S. Representative John M. Spratt Jr. the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration.

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