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Jacksonville, Alabama

Bill Wright Named NASW's
“Citizen of the Year 2001"

Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau

JACKSONVILLE -- May 8, 2001 -- Jacksonville has an extraordinary citizen. Bill Wright is responsible for 52 houses in Calhoun County built for low-income families who would otherwise find themselves in substandard living conditions.

In recognition for his achievements with Habitat for Humanity, Wright was awarded the honor of “Public Citizen of the Year 2001” by the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Dr. Rebecca Turner, Jacksonville State University’s Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and last year’s recipient of NASW’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented Wright with the award.

The JSU-Coosa Valley Unit of NASW named Wright “Public Citizen of the Year 2001” in March at ceremonies held at JSU.

A Georgia native, Wright grew up in Birmingham. He later graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

For 30 years, he was employed with Sears. His last assignment was at Calhoun County’s Quintard Mall.

Before retiring in 1994, Wright volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. He quickly became its executive director, and under his leadership, Calhoun County’s Habitat for Humanity is what it is today. It has grown from a small group of volunteers to a paid staff of nine.

Calhoun County’s Habitat now ranks among the top 1900 affiliates.

Because of his extensive work in Calhoun County, The Anniston Star and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce named Wright “Citizen of the Year 2000.”


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