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Wayne Embry honored by Miami


Wayne Embry, a 1958 graduate of Miami University, received the alumni association’s 2001 Distinguished Achievement Medal, presented annually to a graduate who has reached the pinnacle of his or her chosen career.

Embry, who played professional basketball with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, was named vice president and general manager of the Bucks in 1971, becoming the first African American ever named to a front office position with the NBA.

Currently, Embry serves as a consultant with the Cleveland Cavalier franchise and is general manager of the Cleveland Rockets, a WNBA team. In 1999, he ended a 13-year term as general manager of the Cavaliers, but remained as president and COO until his retirement in June 2000.

Embry was honored for his outstanding success both as an athlete and as a business leader.

Other Miami graduates who have received the distinguished achievement award include Rita Dove, former poet laureate, John Smale, former CEO of Procter & Gamble and former chairman of the board of General Motors and Gen. Joseph Ralston, who currently serves as supreme allied commander of NATO forces in Europe.

The award was presented at Miami’s Homecoming festivities Oct. 27.


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