John B. Hardin Service Award

The purpose of the John B. Hardin Service Award is to recognize and honor those alumni and members of the community who have consistently contributed an exceptional amount of time and talent to Webb and whose efforts benefit students, enhance campus life and reaffirm the commitment of the Webb community to the School.

All living Webb School Alumni, Administrators, Faculty, Staff and other members of the Webb School community are eligible to be nominated.

Wilson Sims, Jr.

Wilson Sims, Jr., principal of Sims & Steele Consulting, specializes in capital campaigns, major gifts, strategic planning, board development, and facilitation. He has worked with non-profits for 35 years, beginning as an intern and rising to development director and later, consultant to non-profit organizations. Best known for designing and directing more than 90 successful capital campaigns raising more than $300 million, the major focus of Wilson’s work has been helping his non-profit clients grow and thrive!

Wilson established Sims & Steele Consulting in Asheville, N.C. in 1994 so that regional non-profits would have access to strong, experienced, and local consulting at competitive rates. Wilson emphasizes: “Our relationships with many of the same non-profits continue as they find repeat value in our very personalized approach.” Much of his work also includes mentoring and working with younger professionals throughout Western North Carolina, providing both job opportunities and career advice.

Wilson is a graduate of The Webb School, Bell Buckle, TN., holds a B.A. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from Owen School, Vanderbilt University. Outside the office, Wilson is a Big Brother to Matthew (9 years) and is Convener of the French Broad River Greenway Committee. He enjoys time with his wife, Ann, and daughters, Callie and Jenny, and about anything outdoors.”

Wilson has served as Webb Alumni Board President since 2013 and has been a tireless worker on behalf of the school. He has been the lead volunteer organizing a successful fundraising effort to name an endowed chair in honor of his dad, Woody Sims, Sr. '42.

Past Recipients

2016 Matthias Brickell
"Bricke" Murfree
2015 Jack Bailey
2014 Paul Martin
2013 Sandra Truitt
2012 Leigh McKee
2011 L.R. Smith
2010 Bill Rice
2009 Bobby Chambers
2008 Jenny Hunt
2007 Sandy Sanders
2006 Harold Bennett
2005 Jon Frere
2004 Bill Abernathy
2003 Mack Scott
2002 Imre Lagler
2001 Blair Stephens
2000 Jim Meadows
1999 John Hester
1998 Dorothy Elkins

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