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Citadel News Service
12 Dec 2011

School of Business names 2011 BB& T Freedom Award recipient

Thomas A. Gorman Jr., an MBA student in The Citadel Graduate College, is the 2011 recipient of the BB&T Freedom Award.

The award is presented by the School of Business Administration to recognize the winner of an annual essay contest for students studying free enterprise, capitalism and humanism. Entries are judged on research and quality of expression.

Gorman’s essay “Capitalism: If History Has Taught U.S. Anything…” was judged the best paper or case study by a student that examined capitalism and humanism and a perspective on restoring a sense of balanced well-being in our society. Gorman received a $1,000 cash prize.

A native of Charleston, Gorman received a BA in business administration from The Citadel Graduate College in December 2010. He worked during the day and attended school at night through The Citadel’s cooperative Two-Plus-Two program with Trident Technical College, where he also earned an associate degree in business management and one in arts.

Gorman is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for business students and is employed in his family business, Gorman Brothers Alignment in Hollywood, S.C., where he manages and oversees daily operations.

The BB&T Freedom Award is sponsored by BB&T, which in 2010 presented the School of Business Administration with a $1 million gift to establish an endowed professorship and create an undergraduate and graduate academic program focused on the moral and ethical foundations of free enterprise and capitalism and the implications for ethical business behavior.

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