Navy veteran honored with 2023 Distinguish Alumni Award for Hawaii campus

HONOLULU — John Little, a U.S. Navy veteran, is the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award winner for Wayland Baptist University’s Hawaii campus.

Amid a backdrop of degrees and commencement addresses during a recent graduation ceremony at the Hawaii campus, Little was recognized. He will compete along with Distinguished Alumni Award winners from other Wayland campuses for the 2023 Alumnus of the Year award, which will be presented during Homecoming festivities at the main campus in Plainview, TX in February 2024.

“John Little has served our country admirably for five decades and imparted his real-world knowledge to countless students in nearly 20 years at Wayland’s Hawaii campus,” said Jeffrey Vera, WBU’s alumni director. “He is a great choice to represent the university as Distinguished Alumnus for 2023, and we are honored to recognize his contributions and accomplishments.”

A native of Rochester, NH, Little served 22 years in the U.S. Navy, serving his entire time in the Pacific. He retired in 1993. He then spent more than three decades as a civilian with the U.S. Army, serving as a physical security specialist. He has worked in the law enforcement field for 30 years, serving in nearly every position.

Little earned his associate degree in law enforcement from Los Angeles Metropolitan College. He then earned his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education degree from Wayland’s Hawaii campus in 1992 while serving in the Navy. His master’s degree in criminal justice administration is from Chaminade University.

In addition to his military and civilian service with the U.S. Department of Defense, Little has taught as an adjunct professor in law enforcement for the Wayland Hawaii campus since 1995. He and wife Rebecca have been married for 50 years. They have two adult children and nine grandchildren.

Wayland has selected a Distinguished Alumni Award winner for each of its campuses since 2018.