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Citadel News Service
31 Mar 2009

School of Business Hall of Fame honors five leaders in business

The Citadel School of Business Administration on Thursday, April 2, 2009, will induct four people into its Business Hall of Fame and honor a fifth with the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award.

The annual black-tie banquet and awards presentation begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards program at 8 p.m. at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. It is an invitation-only event .

This year’s Leaders of Principle and Hall of Fame inductees are Charleston philanthropists and activists Anita and the late Jerry Zucker, CPA Bill Moody, and retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston. The Chapman Distinguished Leadership Award will be presented to SCBT Financial Corp. CEO Robert R. Hill Jr.

Leaders of Principle – Hall of Fame

Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston

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Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston retired in September 1995 after 33 continuous years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. Livingston has been a leader on the battlefield and stateside throughout his career. His last assignment was commander of the Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans. During the Vietnam War while serving as the commanding officer, Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty against enemy forces and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Livingston commanded the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, Calif., sand developed the Desert Warfare Training Program.

A native of Towns, Ga., Livingston’s other decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal, with Combat “V”; Purple Heart, Third Award; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal, Second Award; Navy Commendation Medal, with Combat “V”; and Combat Action ribbon, Second Award.

William A. Moody, Jr., CPA

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William A. Moody Jr., Citadel Class of 1965, is a member of Dixon Hughes PLLC, which merged with Gamble Givens & Moody LLC in 2006 and is the largest CPA firm based in the Southeast. Prior to joining Gamble Givens & Moody in 1972, he was a partner at Thomas E. Buskirk & Associates. He is also the founder and CEO of Dixon Hughes Academy, LLC.

Moody is a member of several professional accounting organizations and served the Accountants Global Network International as president of its North American Board of Directors and as chairman of its International Board of Directors. Among his many community and volunteer activities,

Moody currently serves as Power of Partnership chairman and past chairman for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; charter member and past president of the North Charleston Rotary; chairman of The Citadel School of Business Administration Advisory Board; and Honorary Commander of Charleston Air Force Base.

Anita and Jerry Zucker

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The Zuckers are known for being education activists, community philanthropists and leaders in the family business. The InterTech Group is a global conglomerate that ranked as one of the country's largest privately held businesses and as South Carolina’s second largest privately held company. Jerry Zucker, who died from cancer in 2008, was the company’s founder, chairman and chief executive officer. His wife, Anita, took over as CEO following her husband’s passing and also serves as chairman.

Jerry Zucker was regarded throughout Charleston and beyond as a devoted family man and a generous community volunteer. He was former CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company, Canada’s largest department store retailer and oldest corporation. Over the past 35 years he had more than 350 invention disclosures that have resulted in numerous patents and commercially successful processes and products worldwide.

Anita Zucker’s accomplishments range from her time teaching elementary school for more than 10 years to now serving as chairman and CEO for InterTech Group, Inc. She also owns the Carolina Ice Palace, the Sunfire Grill and Bistro, Tristan restaurant on Market Street, and one-half of the South Carolina Stingrays. She is a recipient of the state’s Order of the Palmetto and the Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award presented by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for her leadership and dedication to education. In 1998 she received an honorary Doctorate of Education from The Citadel. Last year the Zuckers received the award, South Carolina Ambassadors for Economic Development for Charleston County, presented by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Robert R. Hill, Jr.
Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award

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Robert R. Hill, Jr., president and chief executive officer of SCBT Financial Corp., is this year’s recipient of the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award. Hill is a 1988 Citadel graduate. While a cadet he was Hotel Company commander and a member of the Summerall Guards.

SCBT Financial Corp. is a 75-year-old, $2.8 billion bank holding company of South Carolina Bank and Trust and North Carolina Bank and Trust. It is the third largest commercial bank headquartered in South Carolina.

Hill has been honored by the Charlotte Business Journal, was named South Carolina Outstanding Young Banker of the Year, Distinguished Young Alumnus by the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, and Outstanding Young Alumni by the USC Alumni Association. Business Week magazine profiled Hill as one of 98 CEOs under 40 in the U.S. and 140 CEOs under 40 in the world who run publicly traded companies that are on the NASDAQ or New York Stock Exchange.

Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award is named in honor of the late Alvah H. Chapman Jr., Citadel Class of 1942. Chapman led the Knight-Ridder Inc. newspaper chain, retiring as its chairman and chief executive officer. He also was a distinguished civic leader in South Florida, serving for many years as chairman of the Governor's Commission on Homeless, chairman of the We Will Rebuild (a community program to rebuild Dade County, Fla., after Hurricane Andrew), and chairman of the Dade County Homeless Community Plan. Chapman also has an endowed School of Business chair in his honor -- the Alvah Chapman Chair was created in 1989 to bring business executives with management experience to The Citadel to teach and to foster networking in the local business community.

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