WCU Inducts Five into Alumni Hall of Fame

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 29, 2014 - The William Carey University Alumni Association inducted five outstanding graduates into its Hall of Fame at an awards dinner on April 25 at Southern Oaks House and Garden. The alumni were Gerald C. “Jerry” Bracey (‘87), Dr. Leo Day (‘88), W. Michael Hannaford (‘85), Dora Dunkley Harbin (‘56), and Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee (‘69).

Jerry Bracey, who received his B.S. in business in 1987 and his MBA in 1997 from WCU, has been the administrative dean for the WCU Tradition campus since 1999. He is also an adjunct instructor in the WCU School of Business, and formerly served as a senior administrator for the command section at Keesler Technical Training Center. Dr. Leo Day, who received a B.M. from WCU in 1988, is dean of the School of Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Day formerly served on the faculty at both WCU and New Orleans Theological Baptist Seminary, has performed all over the world, and has recorded two albums. W. Michael Hannaford, who received a B.M. from WCU in 1985, lives in Frisco, Texas, and serves as vice president of global product services for JCPenney. He formerly served as vice president of product integrity, and prior to his positions at JCPenney, served as vice president of product services for Kohl’s. Dora Dunkley Harbin, who received her B.S. in chemistry from WCU in 1956, is a former head nurse who served as a missionary in Brazil from 1969-1998. She helped Brazilians to receive proper health care, served as a nurse to missionary families, and wrote and coordinated human needs projects, ranging from $30,000 to $1.25 million. Formerly, she worked as a nurse in various hospitals and as a clinical instructor at Mather School of Nursing. Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee, who earned his B.S. in social science from WCU in 1969, serves as chief judge of the Court of Appeals. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of business law at WCU, as an attorney in Jackson, and is a licensed funeral director who formerly owned Baldwin-Lee Funeral Homes in Jackson and Rankin County.

Prior to the presentation of the Hall of Fame inductees, Dr. Tommy King (’64), president of WCU, gave a state of the university address, and legacy stone presentations were made by Ryan Kelly, chief advancement officer for Hattiesburg campus, and Monica Marlowe (’08), chief advancement officer for Tradition campus. WCU presented the Legacy of Learning designations to Dr. Dorman Laird, former professor of religion, and the late Dr. David Grutchy, former chair and professor of biology. The Legacy Scholarship Endowment honors faculty who have left a legacy of learning because they not only taught their subjects well, but invested in the lives of their students and made a lasting impact on them.


Pictured are (left to right) Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee (‘69), Gerald C. “Jerry” Bracey (‘87), Dora Dunkley Harbin (‘56), W. Michael Hannaford (‘70), and Cindy Cofield (’83), alumni director at William Carey University, after Chief Judge Lee, Bracey, Harbin, Hannaford, and (not pictured) Dr. Leo Day (’88) were inducted into WCU’s Hall of Fame at the Homecoming 2014 Alumni Banquet on April 25 at Southern Oaks House and Garden.