2018
Margaret Vardell Sandresky

2017
William E. Leuchtenburg

2016
William T. Buice, III
James W. Harbison, Jr. 
Edwin B. Howard, Jr.

2015
Oliver Smithies

2014
J. Myrick Howard

2013
John J. Mack

2012
Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr.

2011
William B. Harrison, Jr.

2010
Bonnie McElveen Hunter

2009
Dr. James H. Goodnight and Mrs. Ann B. Goodnight

2008
John Hope Franklin

2007
William Ivey Long
Lawrence Wheeler, Ph.D.

2006
Paul J. Rizzo

2005
Hugh M. Morton

2004
General H. Hugh Shelton

2003
Julian and Josie Robertson

2002
Thomas K. Hearn

2001
Loonis McGlohon

2000
Frank & Julia Daniels

1999
John Wells Kuykendall

1998
C.D. Spangler, Jr.

1997
100th Anniversary Celebration

1996
Mary Ryan Cecil & William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil

1995
Rosemary Harris
Richard Adler
Terrence Mann

1994
Richard Hampton Jenrette

1993
Barbara Babcock Millhouse

1992
William G. Anylan, M.D.

1991
William States Lee, III

1990
Roberts Edgar Timberlake

1989
John Marsden Ehle, Jr.

1988
Edward E. Crutchfield, Jr.
John G. Medlin, Jr.
Hugh L. McColl, Jr.

1987
Charles Kuralt
Tom Wicker

1986
Frank H. Kenan

1985
Governor James G. Martin

1984
Thomas H. Davis

1983
William C. Friday

1982
Dean E. Smith

1981
John Sadler Hayes

1980
Carl Horn, Jr.
Sherwood H. Smith, Jr.

1979
R. Philip Hanes, Jr.
Dr. James H. Semans

1978
Gordon Gray

1977
Warner L. Hall
Halbert M. Jones

1976
Marshall I. Pickens

1975
Samuel R. Spencer, Jr.

1974
Joseph H. McConnell

1973
James Ralph Scales

1972
John M. Belk

1969
Luther H. Hodges
James J. Harris

1968
Charles F. Meyers, Jr.
Howard N. Holderness

1967
Archie K. Davis
J. Carlyle Sitterson

1966
David Grier Martin

1965
Dr. Connie Guion

1963
Dr. Douglas M. Knight

1962
H. Smith Richardson

1961
Governor Terry Sanford

1959
Edward H. Little

1958
John Motley Morehead III

1954
Governor Luther H. Hodges

1947
Honorable Herschel Johnson