Bridges; Outstanding Alumni Award Winner
The College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University name William “Larry” Bridges ’75 as the 2018–19 Outstanding Alumni Award winner. Bridges is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the college.
Before he came to Appalachian, Bridges worked with the Hanesbrands/Sara Lee Corp. for over 39 years, handling multiple leadership roles in information technology. He also worked for ten years as chief architect and information security officer. It was he that led Hanesbrands as it made entry into e-commerce because he built the necessary infrastructure and the applications that made the business to realize sales worth $100 million.
According to Bridge’s student, a graduate student in computer science at the Appalachian college, it was he that served as her eye-opener. This made her grow to become a well-prepared and thorough and ethical programmer. She also added that the experience which Bridge had outside of academia was key to helping her learn how to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom outside the classroom environment. She was also able to realize other pathways that are offered in this field.
By serving as a visiting lecturer in the department of computer science, he together with his colleagues was able to win a grant through the common chancellor’s innovation scholars program. This helped in establishing cybersecurity operations centre for students.
Bridges is one of the founding members of and a contributor to the Computer Science Industry Advisory Board. He also served as chairperson of for the Stokes County Special Olympics Board (1988–2018). He is a very dedicated member of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (1965–present).