Michael C. Blackwell celebrated multiple accomplishments in 2017. Blackwell was conferred the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC during its summer commencement ceremony on August 5 and presented the message to the graduates in attendance.
On December 15, he was also awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC. Both universities lauded his achievements and his transformational leadership at BCH.
In addition, Blackwell was named one of the Triad’s most admired CEOs by The Triad Business Journal. Trustees approved the Emergency Care Cottage at Broyhill Home to be named the Michael C. and Catherine Kanipe Blackwell Cottage.
On August 12, Blackwell and his wife, Catherine, celebrated 50 years
of marriage. And in 2018, he will mark 35 years as BCH president/CEO, a position held longer than any BCH executive leader.