Distinguished Alumni Awards
2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Dr. William B. Campbell ’40
After graduating high school at Schreiner, Dr. William B. Campbell ’40 interrupted his collegiate career to enlist in the Navy during World War II. After the war, Campbell finished his schooling, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In fall of 1948, Campbell received a scholarship to Oxford University and served as president for the American Students Association, which consisted of more than 4,000 students. Campbell gained his doctorate through the Institute of Historical Research at The University of London.
After his schooling, Campbell went on to represent the U.S. at the British Intelligence Base during the Korean Conflict. While serving as provost and vice president, he helped integrate the university. Campbell also helped establish Kirby Hall School, a place for “super” students who had their hearts set on Ivy League schools.
H. W. “Win” Thurber III ’63 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, might be chairman and chief executive officer of Norton Lilly International—an international shipping agency—but he had humble beginnings in Kerrville at Schreiner high school and junior college. In 1963, Thurber left Schreiner and continued his education at Trinity University in San Antonio. After college, Thurber struck out on his own and started his own shipping business, which became a major company. Today, Thurber is owner and CEO of Norton Lilly International—a global shipping agency, which handles all functions in the marine market.
“You have to believe you can do something and do it,” Thurber said. “You have to want to do it, you have to be passionate—that’s part of being successful.”