May 7, 2018
Mars Hill University presented its 2018 Baptist Heritage Award to David Costner of Leicester, North Carolina. Each year at the Baptist Heritage Awards Banquet, North Carolina Baptist entities honor people who have contributed to the individual organizations in unique ways. This year’s banquet was held April 10 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The event is co-sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of N.C. and the N.C. Baptist Foundation.
Costner is a graduate of Mars Hill, class of 1970. The Costner family has a long history with the institution: both of Coster’s parents attended the school, as did his sisters and the woman who ultimately became his wife. He met Becky on the first day of classes in 1966. Following graduation, he taught and coached in Buncombe County while also serving in the U.S. Army Reserves, then in 1975 began a career in the transportation industry. He retired in 2013 as director of national account sales at Continental Freight Company.
Following retirement, David and Becky Costner returned to western North Carolina. He served on the Mars Hill University board of advisors and in 2014 joined the board of trustees. “What a joy it is to serve God and this great university,” Costner said. ” I am honored to give back just a portion of my time for the many opportunities MHU has given to me.”