Cecil O. Huey Jr. – Bond Distinguished Athletes Award – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site
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Nine years ago Margaret Segars Bond (’84) and her late husband Steve Bond (’80) established the Bond Distinguished Athletes Award. The award was created to honor alumnus Clemson athletic students who exemplified great character, citizenship and service in their post-college life. It is symbolized by an individually designed gold ring.
To qualify, candidates must have written a sport, graduated more than 10 years, and given something back by sharing their tiger spirit with Clemson University and its community.
“I am so grateful for my late husband Steve’s innovative idea of creating the Bond Distinguished Athletes Award,” Margaret said. “It was his way of giving back to Clemson. What an amazing journey it has been for me to continue his legacy through this award. It has not only added value to my life, but also to Clemson University and Clemson Athletics.”
Past winners include former Clemson University Presidents Phil Prince and Jim Barker, Ambassador David Wilkins, noted physicians Dr. Randy Smith and Dr. Jim Sutherland, the Honorable Judge Bobby Conrad, attorney Jimmy Addison, and business leaders Tom Chapman and Carolyn Creel.
Cecil O. Huey Jr., a former NCAA faculty representative and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, joins them on the list of known recipients. He is honored at the Syracuse game and given a custom made gold ring. His name will be engraved on a glass plaque prominently displayed at the Nieri Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center.
“Cecil Huey embodies the qualities that Steve and I wanted to recognize and honor,” added Margaret. “His exemplary character and love for Clemson University, family and community make him the perfect choice for this award. Steve would completely agree with my decision to nominate him as the 2022 honoree.”
Huey graduated from Anderson Boys High School in 1961, where he excelled in track and field under head coach Howard Bagwell. Huey was elected team co-captain and set three state records in the 440-yard dash, medley relay anchor, and mile relay anchor.
Huey joined Clemson on a track scholarship in 1961, received his degree in mechanical engineering in 1965 and his master’s degree in 1968 in the same discipline. He later earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering 1973.
He continued his success on the track by setting school records in the 440-yard dash-and-mile relay. Huey was also involved in various student and university activities as vice president of his second class and served on the High Court, a legal department of student government.
Huey was honored with the Kenelly-Voss Distinguished Emeritus Award, which recognizes emeritus faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to Emeritus College, Clemson University, the Clemson community and society.
Huey continues to work with various professional organizations and has served on the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Engineers & Surveyors. He continues to teach a variety of courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
His university awards include the Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award, the Eugene Bishop and Murray Stokely Awards for teaching excellence, and the McQueen Quattlebaum Award for overall achievement.
“Huey is an effective teacher because he encourages students to think outside the box and gives them the skills they need to tackle real-world technical problems,” said one nominating student.
In addition, Huey received the prestigious Class of ’39 Award for Excellence and was named an I. Dwaine Eubanks Fellow of Emeritus College.
Huey has made significant contributions to the university in terms of his academic discipline. He also played a key role as NCAA faculty representative from 1993 to 2006 and served as chair of the university’s athletic council for two years. He served two terms as President of the ACC and served on a number of ACC and NCAA committees.
Most notably, Huey has served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, the NCAA Academic Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet, and the NCAA Academic Consultants Committee.
His work with the athletic department and student athletes resulted in an award being presented in his honor. the dr The Cecil O. Huey Jr. Award is presented annually to a senior pursuing graduate study who has distinguished himself in athletics, science and ethics.
Huey also established an ad hoc committee of faculty members to provide guidance for the student and athlete enrichment programs. These guidelines still apply today.
He is married to his wife, the former Louise Bero, and has two children, Tripp and Ed, and two grandchildren. In retirement, he’s a tinkerer with a basement full of toys. For his latest project, he built a 20-foot steamboat from scratch, engine and all. It operates on Lake Hartwell and is named X11 Mile Maid.