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Wayne Embry to receive Distinguished Achievement Medal

Wayne Embry ’58 will receive the alumni association’s 2001 Distinguished Achievement Medal, presented annually to a graduate who has reached the pinnacle in his or her chosen field.

From his career at Miami, including two years as an All-Mid Atlantic Conference center, to a professional career that included playing on the Boston Celtics World Championship team in 1968 and an association with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Embry has enjoyed outstanding success both as an athlete and businessman.

Embry currently is 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 played professional basketball with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks and was selected to participate in five NBA All-Star games. In 1971 he was named vice president and general manager of the Bucks. With that appointment, Embry became the first African-American ever named to a front office position with the NBA and one of the first in professional sports.

Embry has served Miami in many capacities, including two terms on the board of trustees, from 1987-91 and from 1993-2000. He was chairman of the board in 1997 and also served on the foundation board of trustees. He was named to the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970 and his jersey, number 23, was retired in February 1995. He is a former national campaign chairman of the Red and White Club and served on the Campaign for Miami Leadership Gifts Committee and on the advisory council for the School of Education and Allied Professions.

Embry is married to Theresa (Terri) Jackson Embry ’60, who also served on the School of Education and Allied Professions advisory council from 1992-95.

The Embrys are parents to Debbi, Jill and Wayne Jr.

Date Published: 10/25/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 13

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