Distinguished Award Winners
The awards for Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Young Alumni and Distinguished
Service are the highest honors that the Darla Moore School of business bestows.
The 2017 Distinguished Awards was conferred at the 33rd annual Leadership Dinner and
Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2017, in Columbia.
2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award
William O. Buyck (B.S., '58)
William O. Buyck, chairman of the board of directors for the Bank of Clarendon in
South Carolina, began his career at First National Bank of Orangeburg as a teller
in 1962. Currently he advises the chief executive officer, president, chief financial
officer and other executives on day-to-day financial matters while serving as chairman
of the board after being the CEO from 1979 to 2012. He currently serves several boards
including the Clarendon County Development Board, having served as chairman for three
terms. Buyck has won numerous accolades including the Order of the Palmetto and the
SC Ambassador for Economic Development, both awarded by the governor of South Carolina.
He has been a lifelong Gamecock and recently endowed the Frances Reedy Buyck Memorial
Fellowship at the Darla Moore School of Business in memory of his late wife, Frances
Reedy Buyck, who was the first female graduate of the school’s MBA program. He has
two children and five grandchildren.
John P. Harloe (USC B.A., '74, MBA, '75)
John P. Harloe has managed assets for more than 41 years, which is what he currently
does as a managing director at Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney, and Strauss in Dallas. He
has partnered and been a teammate with Jim McClure since 1976. The partnership began
with zero assets under management in 1995 and today manages $3.1 billion. Harloe has
served on the University of South Carolina’s Board of Governors and is currently on
the university’s board of visitors. He has been a dedicated Gamecock fan for many
years, co-sponsoring the Tommy Suggs Quarterback Endowment that finances an annual
scholarship for the quarterback position on the South Carolina football team. He has
also financed a scholarship in the name of Moore School professor Travis Pritchett,
honoring him for his contribution to Harloe’s success. He is married to Pat Albritton
Harloe and is the father of three children (all Gamecock fans). He is currently enjoying
his first grandchild, Gunn Murphy IV.
2017 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
Mauricus "Moe" Brown (B.S., '10)
Mauricus “Moe” Brown joined Hill Impact Communications and Government Affairs Firm
in Washington, D.C., in November 2016 as a managing director. There he helps clients
win market share, as well as secure government incentive packages that fit with their
near and long-term objectives. Brown serves on the University of South Carolina’s
Board of Visitors and is the immediate-past president of the university’s Association
of Lettermen, having served as captain of the football team as a student. Recently,
he received the honor of being selected to The State’s “20 Under 40” class of 2016,
a list that honors those who are making a difference the community.
W. Ford Graham (IMBA, J.D., '06)
W. Ford Graham recently joined the staff of the global law firm K&L Gates LLP in Charleston
as a lawyer in the corporate and economic incentives/development practices. Previously,
he managed the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s international recruiting efforts
and led global investment strategy for the state. He has facilitated new industry
and industrial expansion in over 72 projects, resulting in commitments of more than
7,300 new jobs and $2.5 billion in new investment in South Carolina.
2017 Distinguished Service Award
Susie H. VanHuss
Susie H. VanHuss is a distinguished professor emerita of management in the Moore School.
She served as executive director of USC Foundations for nine years and as interim
dean of the Moore School for 15 months. She was the University of South Carolina faculty
athletics representative to the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate
Athletics Association for three terms. Throughout her career, VanHuss has been very
active in community service having served on five for-profit company boards of trustees
and on more than 20 non-profit boards of trustees/directors. She is married to Patrick
R. VanHuss, who is a strong supporter of and active contributor to her professional
and community service activities.