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.

 

Reggie Hudson '74

Dr. Reggie L. Hudson '74, the recipient of Pfeiffer University’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award, is among the most accomplished graduates of Pfeiffer College, where he majored in chemistry and mathematics.

He is the Lead Scientist in the Cosmic Ice Laboratory of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He began working full-time at NASA in 2009 after first dividing his time between that agency and Eckerd College, a liberal arts college in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he taught chemistry from 1978 to 2008.

At Eckerd, Hudson advanced the cause of chemistry in several ways and won multiple awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship. He had chosen teaching as a profession because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his dedicated and excellent Pfeiffer professors.

At NASA, Hudson’s principal research interest is astrochemistry, which examines the makeup not only of the earth, but also of other planets, the solar system, and objects like meteorites and comets. Among other things, Hudson has researched the chemistry of the outer solar system, and he has studied the organic chemistry of meteorites – both daunting in their intellectual rigor.


Outstanding Alumni Award

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

 

Bob Gulledge '68, the recipient of Pfeiffer University’s 2021 Outstanding Alumni Award, was born on March 10, 1946 in Wadesboro, N.C. His parents were Robert Carter and Ruth Ray Gulledge. He and his wife of 53 years, Pfeiffer alumna Becky Barkley ’68, have two daughters.Bob Gulledge '68 

Gulledge attended East Rowan High School in Salisbury, N.C., graduating in 1964. He holds an A.B. degree in Economics and Business Administration from Pfeiffer College. In 1970, two years after graduating Pfeiffer, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

After Wharton, Gulledge worked at Wachovia Bank and Trust in Winston-Salem, N.C, now part of Wells Fargo (1970-2002), mainly in commercial banking as a Senior Vice President. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked for First Virginia Bank and then BB&T in Norfolk, Va., when it acquired First Virginia; his title at BB&T was Norfolk City Executive, SVP.

Gulledge has received several awards, including the 1990 Distinguished Alumnus Award of Pfeiffer College and 2016 Jake Watson Volunteer Award by United Way of Kershaw County, S.C., where he resides in retirement.

Gulledge remembers his time on the baseball field and his days in the classroom at Pfeiffer as pivotal moments that continue to influence his life and his dreams. So, he has expressed his gratitude to the University in a myriad of ways.

In the late 1980s, for example, he joined Gerald Carpenter (’85 Hon.) and Sheila Prevatte (’94 Hon.) in repainting Henry Pfeiffer Chapel as part of “Tom Sawyer Days.” This all-volunteer effort brought the University’s key stakeholders together to repaint or refurbish every building on its Misenheimer campus. Carpenter, who worked at Pfeiffer from 1983 until his retirement in 2013, was an Assistant Professor of Business and, between 1989 and 1993, its VP for Advancement. Prevatte served as Pfeiffer’s Director of Health Services from 1987 to 2004.

Gulledge also served on Pfeiffer’s Board of Trustees (1991-2004), provided financial support for its baseball program, and served as President of the Pfeiffer College Alumni Association. He and other ’68 alumni helped underwrite the renovations that transformed the Merner Center into the Visitor and Welcome Center.

Gulledge’s most recent way of thanking Pfeiffer was inspired by his time playing second base for Joseph S. Ferebee, Sr., the late coach of Pfeiffer’s baseball teams from 1956 to 1987. Gulledge conceived of His Field, Our Dreams: A Lifetime of Baseball with Legendary Coach Joe Ferebee (Palmetto Publishing), in which 67 of Ferebee’s former players and friends pay tribute to him through remembrances.

 

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. 

 

Chris MatthewsChris A. Matthews '12 MSL, '16 MFT is the founder, owner and clinical director of Relationship Counseling Group, LLC and Behavioral Health Intervention Center, LLC, which are two private therapeutic and mental health practices based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Chris is a licensed marriage and family therapist, (LMFT), licensed clinical addiction specialist, (LCAS), certified clinical supervisor (CCS) and approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

 

In 2012, Mr. Matthews graduated from Pfeiffer’s Masters’ of Science in Leadership and Organizational Change Management degree program.  The education Chris obtained from his master’s degree program awarded him the skills to leave his job and commit fulltime to the behavioral health company he founded a year prior in 2011. For more than a decade, as the founder and owner of Behavioral Health Intervention Center, LLC, Chris and his staff have provided substance abuse counseling and mental health services to more than 14,000 consumers in North and South Carolina. Behavioral Health Intervention Center plays a major role in keeping the public safe by providing treatment interventions to impaired drivers, employees who test positive for alcohol and drugs and misdemeanor offenders seeking deferred prosecution.  They are one of the preferred treatment providers for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office and Atrium Health’s Employee Assistant Program. 

Mr. Matthews donates a portion of his business revenue to fund two scholarships. The Christopher Matthews Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to students enrolled in Central Piedmonts Community College (CPCC) substance abuse counseling program. CPCC students awarded with the scholarship use the money for tuition, books, and fees/materials which are related to the final 18 credit hours required for a certificate in substance abuse counseling. For current Pfeiffer marriage and family therapy students, he launched the Chris Matthews Marriage and Family Therapist Annual Scholarship, which provides $1,000 each semester for a male student in the MMFT program. The scholarship, which was first awarded during the 2020-2021 academic year, aims to support men who are looking past “feelings of isolation” to pursue a career in the female-dominated field of marriage and family therapy. It also calls for Matthews to mentor the scholarship’s recipient.

In 2013, Chris returned back to Pfeiffer to pursue a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, after evaluating the next steps for his business. Currently, a large portion of Chris’s time in his business is delegated to grooming and developing clinical staff, so they can provide the highest quality of care to clients seeking substance abuse and mental health counseling.

In 2016, Chris founded a second business, Relationship Counseling Group. That same year he also made a choice to predominantly treat couples. Since that time, Chris has accumulated thousands of hours delivering counseling to intimate partners seeking healing from a variety of relationship issues. Through this journey, he used the experience and training as a marriage and family therapist, to author his first book, Finding Your Relationship Fix: The Four Reasons Couples Seek Counseling.

 

Mr. Matthews book provides readers with a crash course on how couples counseling works.  The book is broken up into four core sections that describe how couples’ counselors treat issues stemming around relationship security, communication, conflict resolution, joint decision making, and expressing love and care. Furthermore, Mr. Matthews used his book as a springboard to develop four online relationship counseling courses for individuals and couples who are dating, married, or for those who want to learn how to have a healthy relationship.  His online courses are accessible through Relationship Counseling Tools, which is the third business Mr. Matthews founded in 2020. Relationship Counseling Tools is a web-based platform committed to providing individuals, families, and organizations the resources needed to achieve and maintain healthy relationships.