Distinguished Alumni Awards


Distinguished Service Award

Cecil "Buster" Wright III (73C)

Buster WrightCecil “Buster” Wright III (73C) is a selfless leader, mentor and philanthropist, with a particular focus on serving youth at numerous non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of America, the United Way, Darlington School and the Seven Hills Rotary Club. He has been a leader of the elected leadership of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rome, where he has also served on the vestry and as an active lay reader. He has worked with the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years, serving as chairman of the Eagle Scout Board of Review, and he earned the group’s prestigious Boys Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth in 2001. He earned Rome’s Heart of the Community Award in 2000.

He has spent countless hours working to better Berry, having served as vice chair of the Berry College Board of Trustees and as chair of the Governance Committee and the Real Estate Committee, as well as a member of the Master Planning, Budget and Finance and Student Affairs committees. As a member of Berry’s LifeReady Campaign Steering Committee, he chaired the alumni division and championed the effort to establish The Center for Integrity in Leadership, which brings small groups of students together with area businesses and civic leaders to review case studies in ethics. As a gift to his wife, Janice, he endowed an animal science scholarship in her name, and the Wrights personally mentor the students who receive the scholarship each year. He is retired from Wells Fargo Advisors as regional president and senior managing director over a five state region.