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. . . Dwight Carlisle At Fall Graduation

Dwight L. Carlisle Jr., former president and chief executive officer of the Russell Corporation, received an honorary doctor of science degree during fall quarter commencement ceremonies.
Carlisle, the 132nd person to receive an honorary degree from Auburn, devoted his career to the Russell Corporation. He began working for the Alexander Citybased company while a cooperative education student at Auburn in the 1950s and joined the company fulltime following his graduation with a degree in textile engineering in 1958.
Russell became the nation's leading manufacturer of athletic apparel and strengthened its position in the textile and apparel industries during his years with the company. Carlisle was named to the company's board of directors in 1975, became president and chief operating officer in 1982, and president and chief executive officer in 1988. He retired in 1991, capping a 35year career with the company.
Carlisle, who was named Alexander City's "Man of the Year" in 1989, was president of the Alabama Textile Manufacturers Association; chairman of the board of directors of the National Knitwear Manufacturers Association; chairman of various industry committees; and on the board of directors of the American Apparel Manufacturers Association.
He is a member of the boards of the Russell BryantJordan Scholar Athlete Program and Friends of Alabama Archives.
At Auburn, Carlisle served on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, the advisory committee of the School of Business and the AU Research Advisory Council. He received the Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award in 1989.

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