UNCW Congratulates Alumni Association Award Winners

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Three community leaders were recognized by the UNCW Alumni Association for their service to UNCW, the Wilmington area and the global community. The honorees accepted their awards during a reception on Feb. 21 as part of UNCW's annual Homecoming celebration.

Susan Chandler Webb ’07 is the recipient of the Young Alumna of the Year Award. Webb, area vice president of sales for the Coverbind Corporation, graduated with a degree in business administration from the Cameron School of Business. She has served as an internship advisor for UNCW and a member of the Cameron Executive Network. She has also acted as vice chair of the Cameron School of Business Steering Committee, presented at UNCW’s Business Week and served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Richard Corbett is the 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. Nominated by Chancellor Gary Miller, it is a great pleasure for the entire UNCW community to honor Corbett with this award. He is a graduate of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest, where he received the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1957, before completing his residency in radiology and nuclear medicine at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1960.  Corbett pursued a fellowship in radiotherapy at the University of Chicago in 1961, before joining the U.S. Navy where he was on active duty for nine years and was in the Ready Reserve for 18 years. After retiring from the Navy as a captain, Corbett joined New Hanover Medical Group, setting up their radiology department. Though formally retired in June 1990, Corbett returned to the practice only a few months later and currently works part-time.  Though UNCW is not Corbett’s alma mater, he has shown immense support for the university serving on the Nurse Advocate Board and establishing the Emmett and Gladys Corbett Merit Scholarship in honor of his parents. In 2005, he created the J. Richard Corbett Charitable Trust, which awards research funds to eligible full-time nursing faculty, and the Thomas J. Burke Scholarship. Corbett has served on the Cape Fear Foundation Board and the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation Board and remains a member of the E.L. White Society. He has had an active role in the Boys and Girls Home, Burlington Boys’ Choir and the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Anthony J. Cavalieri, Ph.D. ’75 is the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Cavalieri received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Carolina and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois. As a scientist, humanitarian and environmentalist, Cavalieri has contributed to his local and global community. Beginning his influential career as a research plant physiologist at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Cavalieri quickly moved into managerial positions and was responsible for the overseeing of crop improvements. He spent 10 years as vice president of Pioneer and, since retiring, has consulted for USAID. He has served as an advisor for The Nature Conservancy, working to develop a plan for sustainable agriculture. Through his role at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he advised on potential development strategies in East Africa, India and Bangladesh. Cavalieri remains a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America and is a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Much of his work involves overseeing international agricultural research/programs as well as serving as a liaison to agencies in India and Africa. A distinguished alumnus of UNCW and a man with an incredible gratitude for his education, Cavalieri has generously supported the Biology Department and the College of Arts and Sciences over the years.