Pierce Cline, center, seated, was joined by his wife Margie, granddaugther Elysse Lewandowski and friend Rob Fowler, who presented him with the R. Carl Chandler Award at the Oxford Alumni Awards. -Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
OXFORD -- Community pillar Pierce Cline recently received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford College.
Cline is the recipient of the R. Carl Chandler Award for a Lifetime of Leadership through Service to Oxford College. Both Chandler and Cline were charter members of the Oxford College Board of Counselors, an advisory group to the dean founded in 1970.
"Pierce has always been very supportive of Oxford. We have the Cline Family Music Scholarship here that funds school aid for three or four students every year who are musically inclined and serve at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church -- they sing in the choir, attend services," said Marvlyn Kirk, associate director of development at Oxford College.
Cline graduated in 1947 with an associate's of arts degree from Oxford College. Prior to attending Oxford College, he was a student at Emory Academy, and a graduate in 1945.
The Cline family affiliations with Oxford College and Emory University date back to the 1800s, according to a fact sheet provided by Oxford College.
Cline has served on the Science and Math Building Committee; Student Center Committee; and the Long Range Planning Committee. He has also lent expertise on real estate development and planning. Cline served on the search committee in 2005 to find a new dean for the college. In April of this year, Cline and several Board of Counselors members, organized a meeting with Newton County officials to share the latest developments with the college and discuss ways for the county and college to work more closely together.
In addition to the Cline Family Music Scholarship Endowment, started in 1984, Cline contributed to the construction of the Cline Tennis Center and has been recognized for his annual giving by earning the 10-year Consecutive Giving Society pin.
Cline is the recipient of the 1987 Distinguished Oxford Alumni Award.
Cline and his wife have three children. In addition to his degree from Oxford, Cline has a BSA from the University of Georgia.
He has had a long career in real estate development in Newton and surrounding counties as the owner of Cline Properties and Development. The company was founded by Cline and his father, Rev. John Earl Cline.
The Clines donated the property for Georgia Perimeter College and were active supporters of Project Adventure, an educational program for troubled, abused and neglected teens.
Cline, now in declining health, received his award at an Oct. 2 ceremony at Burge Plantation, where he asked Kirk to read his comments. He described himself as having "a long, healthy, adventurous life."
"I am most grateful and have few regrets. Oxford College and education have been a magnificent part of my life. Receipt of the Carl Chandler Award is a lifetime achievement and I am deeply honored."
This was the first year there were dual recipients of the R. Carl Chandler Award; Henry Mann of Atlanta was also honored.
Other award winners are Kathy Brook, winner of Oxford College Alumni Association' Honorary Alumnus Award ; William Cody, professor of political science, Outstanding Faculty Award; Tom Brodnax, the William Norton Outstanding Alumnus Award; and Marvlyn Kirk, Outstanding Staff Award.