Claflin University Trustee Rev. Larry D. McCutcheon will be recognized with James E. Stamp Award from the United Negro College Fund on Feb. 15 in Atlanta.
The award is given annually to outstanding alumni from UNCF schools who make noteworthy contributions in fundraising, fund giving or facilitation of corporate or government contributions to UNCF or its member institutions. The UNCF is the nation’s largest and most successful financial assistance organization for minority students attending college.
President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale extended congratulations to McCutcheon on behalf of the entire Claflin family.
“We are so fortunate as an institution to have such a loyal and leal alumnus like Rev. McCutcheon to serve on our distinguished Board of Trustees,” said Tisdale. “Over the years, he has selflessly dedicated himself to his alma mater and its mission to educate the next generation of visionary leaders. It is because of individuals like Rev. McCutcheon that Claflin is one of the premier undergraduate teaching and research institutions in the world.”
A 1972 graduate of Claflin, McCutcheon has pastored at churches across the state of South Carolina. He also served as the United Methodist Church's district superintendent for Charleston and was formerly chairman of the Bamberg County Council. He has pastored at Trinity for the past seven years.
McCutcheon is also a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Prior to joining the Claflin Board of Trustees in 2004, he served on the University's Board of Visitors.
McCutcheon has also chaired the S.C. United Methodist Advocate and S.C. Annual Conference Committee on Health and Welfare Ministries. In addition, he was chair of the Southeastern Jurisdictional District Superintendents Consultation of the UMC in 2002. He also served the Lower Savannah Council of Government and the Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency.
His ministry outreach and humanitarian efforts reach across the state. He coordinated a financial campaign to boost the capabilities of the Orangeburg Wesley Foundation, where he served as director for a decade. McCutcheon developed ministries for all ages in Williamsburg and established a parsonage on the Bamberg Parish and a Cub Scout Unit, Boy Scout Troop and Explorers Council there as well. In Florence, McCutcheon was instrumental in building an outreach center and program. He also helped established the first Hispanic Mission in the Charleston District and the S.C. Annual Conference.