Vivian Moore Carroll '73
A Rock Hill native, Vivian Moore Carroll retired in 2001 as a financial consultant from Merrill Lynch in Charlotte, N.C., after spending 25 years in the securities business. Carroll graduated from Winthrop University in 1973 with a B.A. in mathematics and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a M.B.A. degree in 1983. She is a past president of the Executive Board to the Alumni Association; a member of the Metrolina Area Alumni Executive Committee; past chair of the Credentials Committee of the Alumni Association; and past chair of the Awards Committee of the Alumni Association.
Carroll and her husband, Larry, donated funds to create Carroll Hall, a business trading center within the College of Business Administration that provides students and area businesses the tools needed to compete in a global market.
Carroll also is active in the community. She serves currently a trustee to the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, she is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hornets Nest Girl Scouts, and she is a former chair of the Board of Managers of the Harris YMCA. Carroll also is a deacon and choir member at Providence Baptist Church. Vivian and Larry have one son, Kris, and a grandson, Harlan.
Carlos Evans is an executive vice president and group head of the Eastern division of Wells Fargo Commercial Banking. Based in Charlotte, N.C., he also serves on the Wells Fargo Management Committee. Commercial Banking provides loan, treasury management and deposit products for middle-market businesses with annual sales between $10 million and $750 million. Evans also is responsible for the Government & Institutional Banking (GIB) group, which provides specialized relationship banking to state and local governments, not-for-profit healthcare organizations, institutions of higher education and tax-exempt institutions.Evans has more than 35 years of financial services experience. From 2006-2009, he was the wholesale banking executive and an executive vice president for Wachovia’s General Banking Group, overseeing the Commercial, Business, and Community Banking segments; the Dealer Financial Services business; and the Government, Tax Exempt, and Not-For-Profit Healthcare groups. He joined Wachovia, then First Union, in 2000 as the wholesale banking executive for First Union’s Commercial segment, responsible for the segment’s overall performance and leadership of its sales force. Before joining First Union, Carlos served as Bank of America’s Carolinas Commercial Bank executive vice president, responsible for the bank’s commercial business in North and South Carolina and the Municipal and Public Finance business company-wide.
A native of Florence, S.C., Evans graduated from Newberry College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also graduated from Commercial Lending School in Norman, Okla., and the Colgate Darden Commercial Lending School at the University of Virginia.
Evans is the former chairman of the boards of the Winthrop University Real Estate Foundation and the Winthrop Foundation. He currently serves as president and chair-elect of the Spoleto Festival USA. He is on the board of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Foundation, and he has served on many other boards.
Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs
Harry Dalton '86
Charlotte, N.C., natives Harry Dalton ’86 and his wife, Becca, are known throughout York County, S.C., for their generosity and volunteer efforts. They have, among other things, provided funding for the Dalton Gallery at the Rock Hill Center for the Arts, Clinton Junior College library art gallery, Winthrop University Galleries and Winthrop’s Department of Theatre and Dance. They also are participating sponsors for a new Dalton Downtown Arts initiative to encourage collaboration among area galleries.
Dalton is the retired president of Caraustar Industries and retired chairman of the former Star Paper Tube Inc. He earned a master’s degree in history at Winthrop in 1986. Becca Dalton is the recipient of the Clara Barton Award from the American Red Cross and a lifetime service award from the Women’s Society of Christian Service for the United Methodist Church. The couple have established a chair for environmental sciences and environmental studies at Winthrop.
On May 23, 2012, Dalton was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, for lifetime achievement and his many generous contributions to the state.
Lois Rhame West '43
Much like the facility that bears her name, the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education & Wellness Center, Lois Rhame West ’43 is a trailblazer, accumulating many ‘firsts’ to her credit. Along the way, she has inspired Winthrop, South Carolina and the nation to higher standards in wellness, physical fitness, and health care policy.
During her time at Winthrop, West played field hockey, tennis and golf. The first Winthrop student to marry and continue to graduation, she obtained her undergraduate degree in physical education from Winthrop and taught at the University of South Carolina while her husband, future South Carolina governor John West, completed law school. West campaigned statewide in the gubernatorial race and became an authoritative voice for physical education during their tenure as Governor and First Lady from 1971-1975. Subsequently, she served as a true partner in diplomacy with her husband abroad when he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia where Lois made strides in promoting the acceptance of women in leadership roles.
West also was the first female president nationally of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, serving for more than 40 years as an influential volunteer with the association. Her numerous civic contributions include service as a trustee on the S.C. Museum Commission, president of the West Foundation (a scholarship program named for Gov. West) and a volunteer with both the Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts. Lois started a horticulture and floriculture program at Midlands Center, a facility in Columbia that serves adults with mental retardation.
West’s belief in education and her love for Winthrop led eventually to determined efforts by both Lois and John West to support the transformation of Winthrop to a coeducational institution in the early 1970s.
West received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Winthrop in 1984 as recognition for her active involvement in helping others, especially students, to become engaged members of the community, leaders in their fields and citizens of the world. West and her family were among the very first major donors to Winthrop, starting the Lois Rhame West Scholars Program in the mid-1980s to provide full scholarships to South Carolina residents. Her gift for leadership was especially visible in her role as the co-chair for Winthrop’s first capital campaign, an effort that generated gifts exceeding $30 million and increased scholarships for students, improved academic programs in various fields of study, and provided more research opportunities for the faculty.