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CCU announces 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year

December 6, 2017
Left to right: CCU Outstanding Alumnus of the Year D. Wyatt Henderson, his wife Stacy Henderson, and CCU Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year Sadara ShineLeft to right: CCU Executive Director of Alumni Relations Julie Cheney; Stacy Henderson; CCU Outstanding Alumnus of the Year D. Wyatt Henderson; and CCU President David A. DeCenzoLeft to right: CCU Executive Director of Alumni Relations Julie Cheney; CCU Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year Sadara Shine; and CCU President David A. DeCenzo

Coastal Carolina University announced the 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year honorees during its football game on Saturday, Dec. 2 in Brooks Stadium. D. Wyatt Henderson is the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, and Sadara Shine is the Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year.

Candidates nominated for the alumni awards are chosen by a steering committee of faculty members. Criteria for the annual awards include loyalty to CCU, record of service and accomplishments, and demonstration of positive attributes.

Henderson, a resident of Greer, S.C., earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1998. After graduating from Coastal, he worked for Deloitte & Touche in Greenville before opening Henderson Accounting, a full service accounting and financial services firm, in Greer in 2000. Henderson is a certified public accountant, certified in financial forensics, a certified fraud examiner and a certified divorce financial analyst. He is an expert in financial analysis, forensic accounting, tax planning and preparation, business consulting, litigation support, asset division, and management advisory services. Henderson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, S.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, South Carolina Tax Council, Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts and the Association of Divorce Financial Planners.

Henderson has served on the CCU board of trustees since 2009, including a stint as chairman from 2011-2017. He and his wife, Stacy, have been generous supporters of the University. They have funded spaces in both Brooks Stadium and Springs Brooks Stadium and established the Cecil H. Black Scholarship Fund, named in memory of Henderson's grandfather. Henderson is a charter member of CCU's Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. In recognition of his service and ongoing support of CCU, the University recently named its accounting department the D. Wyatt Henderson Department of Accounting.

Shine, a resident of Washington, D.C., earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in global studies in 2014. While at CCU, she was a member of the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program, which provides an opportunity for students to serve as role models for children (K-8) in area schools. She was also the chapter secretary for Circle K International and helped plan Chauncey's Challenge, a 5K obstacle race on campus.

Shine is a government relations manager at Joint Aid Management (JAM), a South African-founded registered nonprofit, humanitarian relief and development organization with 30 years of experience in relief and sustainable development. She helps to develop relationships with U.S. government agencies that pertain to JAM's programs to ensure grant funding and expanded support. In addition, she represents the organization at functions, conducts research related to funding opportunities and provides technical guidance and support to grant and program development. Her background also includes serving as an operations assistant with Lowcountry Orphan Relief in Charleston, S.C., and as a research intern with United Way Ghana and a global programs intern with Vital Voices in Washington, D.C.