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USC Upstate Alumni Receive Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Honors

By Tammy E. Whaley

Blue Ridge Log Cabins: Chamber AwardeesFour graduates of the University of South Carolina Upstate were honored at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting as the organization hailed the county’s top business leaders from 2008.

Bill Cobb, chairman and CEO of Spartanburg-based J M Smith Corporation and president of QS/1, received the Chamber’s highest honor, the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award. Cobb, a 1974 graduate of USC Upstate, remains actively involved with his alma mater by serving on the Spartanburg County Commission on Higher Education and the Carolina Piedmont Foundation, in addition to being a loyal donor to the University.

Milton “Chip” Smith, owner of Blue Ridge Log Cabins in Campobello, was named the 2008 Small Business Person of the Year. Smith graduated from USC Upstate in 1978 and serves on the Carolina Piedmont Foundation.

Monica Cothran, campaign director of the United Way of the Piedmont, and Marcia Murff, assistant director of development for the Spartanburg Day School, were named as the Chamber’s Volunteers of the Year. Cothran graduated in 1999 and Murff graduated in 1978.
“Having four graduates of USC Upstate receive these prestigious awards speaks highly of our alumni and the contributions that they make, individually and collectively, in the Spartanburg community,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of alumni relations, scholarships and annual giving at USC Upstate.