Congratulations to the Annual Alumni Award Recipients


Distinguished Alumni Award

To be awarded by the Alumni Association Board of Directors to honor excellence in one’s profession or community service.


Gary weart

Gary Weart ’71, also known as the “Nowhere Man” (a radio nickname that he acquired while working as a DJ for Pfeiffer’s radio station), is the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.  Gary earned double degrees in Social Studies and Biology, and after graduation, he enlisted in the Army for three years as a counter-intelligence special agent.  After his career in the Army came to a close, Gary knew he wanted to follow in his parents’ footsteps in community service, so he began his journey of teaching and coaching high school students in the public school system.

During Gary’s 42-year teaching career, he experienced the loss of 14 students to violence.  This loss inspired him to become an activist in the area of school violence prevention. He and a student founded the National Association of SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere.) SAVE now has chapters extending to 50 states and several foreign countries. He authored a book entitled “A Teacher Shoots Back.” Gary has worked tirelessly alongside mayors, governors, senators, members of Congress, and two U.S. presidents to encourage safe learning environments, homes, and communities. In 1995, Gary received the Presidential Service Award from President Clinton. 

Gary enjoys, traveling, photography, and visiting with Pfeiffer Baseball legend Coach Joe Ferebee.


Outstanding Alumni Award

To be awarded by the Alumni Association Board of Directors to honor one’s significant contributions to Pfeiffer University.


Frank Lea

Frank Lea '68 arrived at Pfeiffer in 1964 as a young man without a clear plan, but the strong work ethic he learned from his parents served him well as a student. He earned a degree in History and a minor in English in 1968.  Lea’s determination and hard work continued to be of benefit throughout a career in sales that lead him to three states.

At the age of 52, Lea founded Lea Contract Drapery, in Laurinburg, NC. The company experienced great success, yet he humbly credits his material success “more to luck than to skill.” 

Lea has been a great supporter of Pfeiffer University. He outfitted Stokes Student Center with window blinds, provided the digital sign that promotes Pfeiffer in front of south campus, and has generously supported numerous other university projects and student groups.

Presidential Merit Award

To be given by the President of Pfeiffer University to alumni who are 35 or younger, who have excelled early in their careers, and who show potential for

continued success. 


Brittany Cox Hudson


Brittany Cox Hudson ’13 graduated from Pfeiffer with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. After graduating, she received a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Education from Campbell University in 2015 where she also served as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. In the fall of 2015, she began teaching Life Management Skills at West Forsyth High School, in Clemmons, NC and was named the head coach for the varsity girl’s basketball program. She has won three conference championships during her time at West Forsyth while also being named Conference Coach of the Year three times and Northwest Coach of the Year twice. Last year, West Forsyth won the school’s first 4A Girl’s Basketball State Championship.


Brittany lives in Bermuda Run, NC with her husband, Devon Hudson.