Week Ten: Wayne Atcheson
Week Ten: Wayne Atcheson
Wayne Atcheson is the former Associate Director of the Tide Pride football and basketball donor program at the University of Alabama.
He joined the athletic department staff in 1983 as Sports Information Director.
During his years at the Capstone, he served as the chapter advisor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In the spring of 1999, Mr. Atcheson was Executive Chairman of the West Alabama Festival with Franklin Graham.
Mr. Atcheson holds journalism degrees from Samford University and the University of Alabama.
The author of several books, including Faith of the Crimson Tide, he currently serves as the Director of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC.
is married to Barbara and they have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Amy.
name was Wayne Atcheson
, or "Mr.
A," as we all called him.
Mr. A had been serving as the FCA advisor for many years.
Without any compensation for his work with FCA, he voluntarily organized the meetings, invited speakers, prepared weekly newsletters and made sure that good music and food were always available.
did all that work so that athletes and other students on campus would have a place of retreat to escape the demands of college life and enjoy the fellowship of Christian friends.
I deeply appreciate Mr. Atcheson's
commitment to making FCA
such a special experience for me and for so many other University of Alabama students.
Because Mr. Atcheson was the Associate Director of Tide Pride, I interacted with him regularly at football games through our shared involvement with donor relations.
Often when I had a hostess meeting in the Athletic Complex, I stopped by Mr. A's office to say "hi.
I could always count on him to take a break from whatever he
was doing to chat with me and provide a word of encouragement for my week.
As a senior at Alabama, I was blessed to be crowned Miss University of Alabama
During my year of service as Miss UA, I had approximately 100 appearances/speaking engagements on behalf of the university.
In addition to my work for the university, Mr. Atcheson
arranged for me to share my faith in many churches across the state.
I remember feeling humbled and thinking, "Who am I to go to these places and share my story?
" Looking back now, I can see what Mr. A saw when he
sent me out on each appearance.
I was a college girl who loved God, believed in God's perfect plan for my life, and wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.
opened doors for me to tell my story.
In closing, I want to thank Mr. Wayne Atcheson
for being a friend and mentor to me.
opened many doors in my life and helped me to grow spiritually.
Today, Mr. Atcheson is director of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.
If you find yourself visiting the library someday soon, look up my dear friend, Wayne Atcheson
, and give him a big "Roll Tide" for me!