Awardees Honored by UNCW Alumni Association for Outstanding Service

Monday, February 18, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - Three community humanitarians, Linda Nance '74, Bradley Ballou '06, and Pete Hexter were honored for their service to UNCW and the Wilmington area.

Honorees accepted their awards during a reception on Friday, Feb. 15 as a part of UNCW Homecoming.

Linda Patton Nance '74, Distinguished Alumna of the Year

Nance has worked with university leaders as a member of the UNCW Foundation Board and Board of Visitors. She is a past president of the Friends of UNCW, where she continues to be actively involved. Additionally, her involvement on the College of Arts and Sciences Campaign Committee aided to the success of UNCW's comprehensive campaign, Soaring to Greatness.

She has served on numerous Wilmington and North Carolina community boards and committees throughout her lifetime; including the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Council, Cape Fear Museum Board of Trustees, and the Wilmington Symphony Board of Directors. Nance is also a sustaining member of the Junior League and First Presbyterian Church. Former governor, James Martin, appointed Nance to the NC Foundation for Alternative Health Programs Board and the State School Health Advisory Committee, on which she served for several years.

Bradley Ballou '06, Young Alumnus of the Year

Ballou, a former UNCW Student Government Association President, has served as a member of the UNCW Board of Trustees and recently assisted with successful alumni outreach initiatives in the Washington D.C. area.

His experience working with Senator Elizabeth Dole, as advisor on Energy and Legislative policy, led to his new position as director of Federal Government Relations for the University of North Carolina System, in which he is a liaison between the 17 UNC-system schools and congress.

Peter Hexter, Distinguished Citizen of the Year

Hexter has shown his support and commitment to UNCW and the Wilmington area through his involvement and philanthropic devotion over the past twenty years.

As co-owner of BRAX Ltd. in Wilmington, he has supported the Boomer Esiason Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Pop Warner Little Scholars. In 2002, he helped lead the effort to establish the Landfall Tradition Golf Tournament, which raises funds for UNCW scholarships and golf programs. In addition, Hexter is leading the effort to bring the Miracle League to Wilmington in spring of 2013 while currently serving on the UNCW Board of Visitors and Seahawk Club.

Media contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations,, 910-962-7631