Four Auburn University graduates, all highly accomplished in their fields, have been selected to receive the Auburn Alumni Association’s highest honor at Auburn’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner and Ceremony on the 26th February. The association will also honor its Young Alumni Achievement Award. winner.
The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 are Diplomat James “Jim” Bullington ’62, Major James “Jim” M. Hoskins ’81, William “Bill” McNair ’68 and Anita Gentle Newcomb ’76. The recipient of the Young Alumni Award is Dr. Erin McCreary ’15.
Diplomat James “Jim” Bullington
Retired diplomat, former ambassador to Burundi
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bullington was a first generation student when he enrolled at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn University, in 1957 at the age of 16. In 1962 he received his Bachelor of Science and Literature and obtained a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1969.
During his final year at Auburn, Bullington passed the highly competitive US Foreign Service exam and began his diplomatic career immediately after graduation. His first posting was in 1965 in wartime Vietnam, where he served as Vice Consul in Hue, Assistant to Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in Saigon and Deputy Provincial Representative with the Joint Civilian Counterinsurgency Program -military in Quang Tri. In 1968, Bullington and his Vietnamese fiancée, Tuy-Cam, were trapped for nine days behind enemy lines in Hue during the Tet Offensive before being rescued by the US Marines.
During his 34-year career, Bullington served in eight countries in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. For 27 of those years, he served as a career foreign service officer in the United States Department of State and dean of the department’s highest training program. He was appointed US Ambassador to Burundi by President Ronald Reagan and later served as Director of the Peace Corps in Niger. Bullington was recalled to diplomatic duties in 2012 to lead a State Department effort to help end a 30-year insurgency in Senegal.
While in Auburn, Bullington was the editor-in-chief of The Auburn Plainsman and in 1961 challenged school segregation through editorials and reporting, often resulting in backlash from community members and the Ku Local Klux Klan. Taking a civil rights stand was a key factor in launching his career in the foreign service. Bullington and his wife have two daughters.
Major James “Jim” Hoskins
Chairman and CEO, Retired, Scitor Corp.
Hoskins received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1981 and embarked on a career in the US Air Force as an intelligence officer, eventually reaching the rank of major while serving as a leader in the US intelligence community. His government and military background included key assignments at the Air Force Cryptology Repository, National Security Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and Central Intelligence Agency. In recognition of his contributions to the defense and intelligence community, he received the Distinguished Intelligence Service Medal from the Director of Central Intelligence, the Bronze Medal from the Director of the National Security Agency and two Defense Superior Service Medals from the Secretary of Defense.
In 1994, Hoskins retired from the Air Force and joined Scitor Corp., one of the nation’s leading providers of engineering services to the intelligence community. He progressed through the company to become President, then CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Scitor. His vision, leadership and experience have helped Scitor grow from annual revenues of $ 16 million to over $ 600 million, employing over 1,700 people.
Hoskins is a founding member of the Auburn Research and Development Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the pursuit of scientific and technical research in the state and the enhancement of economic development in the region. He is a past member of numerous Auburn boards and executive committees and a member of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Bertha ’80, have a son, Alexander, who graduated from Auburn in 2010.
William “Bill” R. McNair
Retired Vice President of Network Operations, BellSouth
McNair received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1968 and then received an MBA from Auburn Montgomery University in 1977 and a master’s degree in management through the Sloan Fellows program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.
McNair’s 33-year career in the telecommunications industry began as an engineer with South Central Bell in 1968. He has held positions in the engineering, operations, human resources and marketing organizations of company before retiring from BellSouth as vice president of network operations. McNair was instrumental in securing BellSouth’s funding for Auburn’s Minority Engineering Program, which was designed to increase the recruitment and retention of minority engineering students.
McNair and his wife, Lana, created the McNair Auburn Creed Fellowship, the McNair Ever Auburn Fellowship, the McNair Distinguished Professorship at Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the McNair Endowed Graduate Fellowship at Auburn University at Montgomery College of Business. The couple’s contributions supported the construction of the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology, supported Auburn’s underrepresented students, and were instrumental in the creation of the new Office for Academic Advising suite in the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center. .
McNair has served on numerous Auburn boards and executive committees. For his professional accomplishments and commitment to engineering education, McNair was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2010. He also received the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award, the department’s award. of electrical engineering and was recognized as one of the 50 best graduates of the AUM during its 50e birthday in 2017. The McNairs have two children, Kelly and Scott ’92, and six grandchildren.
Anita Sweet Newcomb
Independent Director, Luther Burbank Corp.
Newcomb graduated from Auburn in 1976, obtaining an accounting degree with honors from Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. She received her MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Houston in 1987.
Newcomb was for 20 years President of AG Newcomb & Co., a strategic consulting firm that provided tailored strategic and financial solutions for community and regional banks across the United States. She sits on the board of directors of Luther Burbank Corp. in Santa Rosa, California, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. From 2010 to 2015, Newcomb served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond-Baltimore.
Over his more than three decades in the banking industry, Newcomb has built a national reputation as an expert on business models and trends in regional and community banking. She has worked on a wide range of financial and strategic initiatives for institutions of all sizes and charters. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at national and state banking conferences, board retreats and symposia. Early in her career, Newcomb served as President, CEO and Board Member of ACB Business Partners, the for-profit subsidiary of America’s Community Bankers, a national professional banking association. She spent 10 years in investment banking and strategic advisory with three national companies and was vice president of strategic planning and senior mergers and acquisitions at Security Pacific Corp. in Los Angeles, then the fourth largest bank in the country.
Newcomb has served Auburn in various volunteer leadership roles and in 2013 was honored as the School of Accounting Alumnus of the Year. For 15 years, Newcomb served and chaired the Advisory Board of Harbert College of Business and served on the Advisory Board of Women’s Leadership at the College of Liberal Arts. She has a daughter, Rachel, who graduated from Auburn in 2010.
Dr Erin Kristin McCreary
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director of Stewardship Innovation, UPMC and Infectious Disease Connect
McCreary attended Auburn from 2008 to 2015, earning a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2015 from the Harrison School of Pharmacy. During her studies, she was class president. After graduation, she completed two years of residency at the University of Wisconsin Health.
In 2018, she joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center team as a pharmacist specializing in infectious diseases and antimicrobial management at the Presbyterian Hospital. McCreary transitioned to a system-level role at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. She also joined Infectious Disease Connect to establish and develop telemedicine services and was subsequently promoted to director of innovation. Management. She served as chair of the UPMC System COVID-19 Therapeutic Committee, responsible for all COVID-19-related treatment guidelines and IT support in a 40-hospital university learning health system.
McCreary has set up a robust monoclonal antibody infusion system (over 50 infusion sites) and serves as the principal investigator for REMAP-COVID and OPTIMISE-C19, two large-scale, adaptive and integrated trials evaluating key treatments for patients with COVID-19.
During his short time at UPMC, McCreary led several key initiatives with far-reaching clinical and economic impact. McCreary sits on the board of directors of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists and has held numerous leadership positions in several national medical organizations. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, developed several processing guidelines, and presented professional presentations at state, national and international levels.
This story originally appeared on the Auburn University website.