Edgar Welden Inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor
Montgomery, AL – Edgar Welden, Chairman of Board of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, was one of eight inducted into The Alabama Academy of Honor on Monday, October 27, in the old House Chambers of the State Capitol in Montgomery.
With membership limited to 100 distinguished citizens of the State, the Academy bestows honor and recognition upon living Alabamians for their outstanding accomplishments and services. It was created by the State Legislature on October 29, 1965.
This year's inductees comprise a blue-ribbon group of leaders in both the public and private sectors. Along with Mr. Welden the other seven honorees are: UA President Judy Bonner; Apple CEO Tim Cook; Big Oak Ranch founder John Croyle; HudsonAlpha co-founder Jim Hudson; civic leader Margaret Porter; Crimson Tide Head Football Coach Nick Saban; and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions.
A native of Wetumpka, Welden has built a highly successful career in business while also devoting more than 50 years to public service including tenure as director of the Alabama Development Office and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and has been Chairman of Board the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame since 2002.
With the induction this year of Mr. Welden, Coach Saban and John Croyle the number of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame inductees in the Alabama Academy of Honor stands at eight. The others in the Alabama Academy of Honor are: Hank Aaron, Leah Marie Rawls Akins, David Bronner, Don Logan and Jack Warner.