Wayland-Hawaii graduate honored as distinguished alumnus

May 15, 2018


Howard DeMotta, left, receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hawaii campus Executive Director Dr. Dan Jacobson at the May 12 graduation ceremony.
Howard DeMotta, left, receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hawaii campus Executive Director Dr. Dan Jacobson at the May 12 graduation ceremony.

HAWAII – Howard DeMotta, chief of the business office for the Defense Logistics Agency’s Pacific branch, was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Wayland Baptist University’s Hawaii Campus during the May 12 commencement ceremony.

DeMotta has held his position since December 2013. Prior to that, he worked as a management analyst for DLA for three and a half years.  In May 2017, he was recognized as the DLA Pacific’s Professional, Administrative, Technical Employee of the Year. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force prior to moving into civilian defense work.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 1998 and his Master of Arts in Management degree in 2015. He is currently working on the doctoral degree in management through WBU as well, part of the first cohort of the newly developed degree.

“We are so proud to have a rich and diverse alumni family at Wayland, many of whom are serving their communities and making a real impact. Howard DeMotta accomplished this while serving his country in the Air Force and continues now through his civilian work,” said Wayland alumni director Teresa Young. “This dedication to selfless civic service is one reason why nominators from the Hawaii campus felt he would be a perfect recipient of the first award for their campus.”

Wayland’s Association of Former Students has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates over the homecoming weekend for many years. The program was expanded this year to include a winner for each campus’ alumni, with Parker being the third honored in 2018. By the time homecoming festivities are celebrated in October, a total of 16 alumni will have been selected and celebrated across the system.