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James Sidney "Sid" Eley
James Sidney "Sid" EleyTeacher, Coach, Civic Leader
Heartford, NC

  • Class of 1967, Chowan College, Associate of Science, Science
  • Class of 1970, Atlantic Christian College, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
  • Class of 1981, East Carolina University, Masters of Arts in Education, Science
  • Teacher, Perquimans County Schools, 1969 – 2000; Science Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director
  • Director, Perquimans County Chamber of Commerce 2001 to present
  • Commissioner, Town of Hertford, 1991-1999
  • Mayor, Town of Hertford, 1999-2011
  • NC League of Municipalities Board of Directors 2009-2011
  • Member of Hertford Fire Department 1970-Present, Chief 1994-1999
  • Retired member of the Perquimans County Rescue Squad (20 yrs.)
  • Member, Hertford Baptist Church
  • Married to Candice Wood Eley (Chowan College Class of 1968); Children; Christopher Clinton Eley, Benjamin Theodore Eley, 3 grandchildren

 

Charles William Freeman
Charles FreemanEducator, Business
Ahoskie, NC

  • Class of 1967, Chowan University, AA, Business Administration
  • Class of 1967, Barton College, BS, Business Administration
  • 1975, Virginia State University, MED , Marketing and Business Education
  • School Administration Certification from East Carolina University
  • Hertford County Teacher of the Year (twice)
  • Northeastern NC Regional Teacher of the Year (twice)
  • Runner-up, NC State Teacher of the Year
  • NC State Marketing Teacher of the Year
  • President, NC Marketing Teachers’ Association
  • Marketing Leader of the year, North Carolina DECA
  • Member, First Baptist Church of Ahoskie
  • Married to Gloria Britt Freeman; sons: David and Mark Freeman




Walter M. Gardner, Jr.
Mike & Irene JohnsonEntrepreneur
Warrenton, NC

  • Class of 1975, Chowan College, Associate of Science, Business Administration
  • Class of 1977, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; BS Business and Insurance
  • President, Warrenton Insurance Agency, Inc., 1977 to present
  • Mayor, Town of Warrenton, 1997 to present, re-elected four terms
  • Member, Warrenton Rural Volunteer Fire Department, 1973 to present;
  • Fire Chief , Town of Warrenton, 2002 to present
  • Representative to NC Fire and Rescue Commission, NC League of Municipalities, 2002 to present
  • Chowan University: Past President, Alumni Association; Member of the Board of Trustees, Member of the Board of Visitors (current)
  • Member, Chairman of Board of Deacons, Warrenton Baptist Church, current
  • Married to Mishew McGhee Parrott; children: Kelly Lee Gardner Blackmon, Brian Bugg Gardner




Rebecca Mainquist Gibbons
Rebecca Gibbons
Business
Richmond, NC

  • Class of 2006, Business/Marketing major
  • Played Volleyball all four years at Chowan University
  • Business Counselor, Chowan University, 2006 – 2008
  • Corporate, Human Relations Specialist, Dominion Power, Resources Services, Richmond, VA, 2008 – present
  • Married to Matthew Gibbons, class of 2007; first child due in Fall

 

 

Ann Levy
Ann LevyBusiness
Washington, NC

  • Class of 1984, Chowan College, AA
  • Class of 1993, Roanoke Chowan Community College, AA
  • Class of 1995, Chowan College, BS, Business
  • Case Worker to Hertford County Social Services
  • Claims Representative, Social Security Office, Ahoskie, NC
  • Currently, Management Support Specialist, Social Security Office, Washington, NC
  • Two children, Messiah, 10; Anastasia, 7
  • Ordained Minister; Pastor at the Temple of Jesus Christ, Washington, NC


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Melissa Terranova Edwards
Melissa Terranova EdwardsEducation
Courtland, Virginia

  • Class of 2005, Chowan University, B.S. Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Cum Laude
  • Art Teacher, Southampton VA High School
  • Southampton High School Teacher of the
    Year 2012-2013
  • Southampton County Public Schools Teacher
    of the Year 2012-2013
  • A Sponsor of the SHS Student Government Association and Co-Director of the Miss SHS Pageant Fashion and Scholarship Program
  • Outstanding Graduate in Graphic Design for 2005
  • Teaching Certification in Secondary Fine Arts, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • President, Delta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority

 

David M. Futrell
David FutrellProfessional Picture Framer / Photographer
Hickory, North Carolina

  • Class of 1959, Chowan College, A.E. Engineering, received the “Freshman Chemistry Award”
  • 1985, Opened Hickory’s Finest Custom Framing
  • Winner of the Catawba Valley Camera Club “Accomplished Photographer Award”
  • Presented with the Catawba County “Small Business Person of the Year Award”
  • 2013, Featured artist at Chowan University Art Auction
  • Member of Viewmont Baptist Church, Hickory, N. C.
  • Married to Brenda B. Futrell, two daughters, Tracy F. Lumpkins and Kathy F. Mazurek




Mike and Irene (Purvis) Johnson
Mike & Irene JohnsonBusiness
Hamilton, North Carolina

  • Class of 1958, Chowan University
  • Former owner, Johnson Mercantile Company, Hamilton, NC
  • Active members of Hamilton Baptist Church
  • Former Trustee, Chowan University (Mike)
  • Chowan University Scholarship Donor (Family)
  • Currently retired and enjoy community activities plus boating, fishing, hunting, and gardening
  • Two daughters and two grandchildren




Venus Michele Spruill
Venus SpruillBusiness
Rich Square, North Carolina

  • Class of 1974, Chowan University, A.A., Secretarial Administration
  • Shaw University, Raleigh, NC, B.S. Business Administration and Criminal Justice
  • Deputy Clerk, Northampton County Clerk of Superior Court, Jackson, NC, 22 years
  • Magistrate for 6B Judicial District, Jackson, NC
  • Clerk of Superior Court for Northampton County, NC, 12 years; first African American female to hold this elected position in Northampton County.
  • Currently retired

 

 

Jonathan H. Taylor
Jonathan TaylorMedicine
Greenville, North Carolina

  • Class of 1990, Chowan college, Associate of Science
  • Class of 1992, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, BS, Science
  • Class of 1998, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Doctor of Medicine
  • 2003, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, Surgical Internship
  • 2003 – 2006, Devine-Tidewater Urology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Urology Residency; Chief Resident, 2007
  • 2006 – 2007, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Associate Instructor
  • Eastern Urological Associates, P.A., Greenville, North Carolina


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Mitch Kelly
Mitch KellyBusiness
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 2008, Chowan University, B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Allied Health Biology
  • Vice President of Phi Beta Lambda
  • Member of the Chowan University Science Club
  • Quality Assurance Analyst at MedEx Medical Transport Services, Inc.

 

Heather Lee Schaubach
Heather Lee SchaubachMedicine
Windsor, Virginia

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S. in Allied Health Biology
  • Science Club Member of the Year
  • Enrolled at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program
  • Pursuing a career in Cardiothoracic Surgery



Steven Ruddy
Steven RuddyGraphic Design
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Class of 2004, Chowan University, B.A. in Studio Art
  • Class of 2007, Art Institute, B.A. in Graphic Design
  • Member of the Chowan Men’s Soccer team
  • Owns and operates his own Graphic Design firm
  • Co-founder of myLynko.com



Beau Drake
Beau DrakeTeaching/Coaching
Ahoskie, North Carolina

  • Class of 2000, Chowan University, B.S. in Exercise Sport Science
  • Class of 2010, Georgia Southern University, M.S. in Kinesiology
  • Captain of the Chowan Football team in 1998-99
  • Published Author, “God’s Winning Team,” FCA Online Magazine 2003
  • Voted “Best Teacher” by the student body at West Carteret High School 2005
  • Head football Coach at Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill, North Carolina
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Jessie C. Jarvis
Jessie JarvisMarine Science
Absecon, New Jersey

  • Class of 2003, Chowan College, B.S. in Environmental Biology
  • Class of 2005, William & Mary, M.S., Marine Science
  • Class of 2009, William & Mary, Ph.D., Marine Science
  • President of the Chowan College Science Club
  • Received the Chowan College Mary E. Wood Award for outstanding science graduate in 2003
  • Founding member of the Delta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Sigma
    Tau Sorority
  • Assistant Professor of Marine Science at Richard Stockton College of
    New Jersey
  • Awarded 3year fellowship from the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System
  • Former Research Marine Biologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers



Maurice B. Fluitt
Maurice B. FluittMedicine
Lumberton, North Carolina

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S., Biology, minor Chemistry
  • Class of 2011, Howard University, Master of Science in Genetics and Human Genetics
  • Currently pursuing PhD in Genetics and Human Genetics
  • Awarded AGEP Fellowship to pursue Doctoral degree in Human Genetics
  • Planning to enter the joint MD/PhD program at Howard University
    College of Medicine
  • Serves in ministry as a Youth Pastor in Washington DC



Angela M. Melton
Angela MeltonDentistry
Gates, North Carolina

  • Class of 2005, Chowan College, B.S., Biology
  • Class of 2011, Howard University School of Dentistry
  • General Dentist
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • President, student chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (2010-11)
  • Quintessence Award in Periodontics (2011)
  • Eleanor Bushee Senior Student Award



Harold W. Babb
Harold BabbHigher Education
Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

  • Class of 1970, Chowan College, A.S. Accounting
  • Class of 1972, University of Richmond, B.S. Accounting
  • Class of 1974, Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S., Marketing/Finance
  • Class of 1979, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Ph.D., Marketing
  • 1986-Present University of Richmond-Department of Marketing
  • Professor of Marketing
  • Department Chairman-1987-2002
  • 1986-1992 F. Carlyle Tiller Distinguished Professor of Business
  • 1988 Fulbright-Hayes Scholar to South Korea and The Republic of China
  • University of Richmond Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Athletics Hall of Fame-University of Richmond



Sarah M. Bullard
Sarah BullardGraphic Design
Nashville, Tennessee

  • Class of 2005, Chowan College, B.S. Graphic Communications
  • Owner-OMedia+Graphics, Graphic/Web Design Company
  • Co-owner and developer of Social Network Bump 'N' Bundle, first and only Social Network for moms


Carrie Waller Knight
Carrie Waller KnightEducation
Altavista, Virginia

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, B.S., Elementary Education Pursuing
  • M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia
  • Kindergarten teacher at Chalkley Elementary School, Chesterfield, VA
  • Department of Defense 2009-10, Germany
  • Leadership Scholarship recipient
  • Member Alpha Sigma Tau sorority


Andre Stewart
Andre StewartEducation
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

  • Class of 1998, Chowan University, B.S., History
  • Class of 2011, University of Phoenix, M.Ed.
  • Teacher at Northwest Halifax High School
  • Athletic Director Northwest Halifax
  • Head varsity football coach Northwest Halifax

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Christopher BuffaloeChristopher Buffaloe
Law Enforcement
Conway, North Carolina

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S. Criminal Justice
  • Sergeant, Weldon NC Police Department
  • Owner/Operator, Tri-County K-9, LLC
  • Captain, Severn Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 125




Melissa T. EdwardsMelissa T. Edwards
Education
Conway, North Carolina

  • Class of 2005, Chowan University, B.S. Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Cum Laude
  • Art Teacher, Southampton VA High School
  • Outstanding Graduate in Graphic Design for 2005
  • Teaching Certification in Secondary Fine Arts, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • President, Delta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority




Terrance SaxbyTerrance Saxby
Education
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, B.S.
  • Class of 2011, Cambridge College, M.S.
  • Assistant Principal, Hertford County High School
  • Assistant Coach, Chowan football team 2005-2007




Christopher ColemanChristopher Coleman
Education
Rice, Virginia

  • Class of 1999, Chowan University, B.S. Business Administration, Marketing
  • Class of 2009, Grand Canyon University, M.Ed.
  • Candidate, Educationalist Specialist (Ed.S.), Liberty University
  • Assistant Principal, Bluestone High School
  • First Lieutenant, Unites States Army Reserve




Lance JenkinsLance Jenkins
Tourism
Conway, North Carolina

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S. History
  • Class of 2011, Norwich University, M.P.A.
  • Director, Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail
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Kyleen Michael BurgessKyleen Michael Burgess
Higher Education
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, B.S. Criminal Justice and B.S. Psychology
  • Class of 2009, NC State University, Master of Agricultural Education
  • Area Information Management Agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
  • Provides technical education to 250 employees of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service for the 25 counties in Northeastern North Carolina
  • Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Rho chapter, Chowan University, Founding Sister
  • 2003 Outstanding Female Criminal Justice Major
  • 2003 Outstanding Student in Psychology




Roy HendersonRoy Henderson
Ministry
Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Class of 1993, Chowan University, A.S. Physical Education
  • Member Chowan University Men’s Basketball team
  • Earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of South Carolina at Aiken
  • Earned his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina at Aiken
  • Received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Virginia State University
  • 2009 – Present: Director of Family Life & Wellness at the Park Ministries, Charlotte, NC
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Owner of Remnant Fitness, LLC

 




Kathryn R. SellersKathryn R. Sellers
Public Health Education & Promotion
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 1999, Chowan University, B.A. Liberal Arts
  • 2008 Management Academy for Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • NC Spit Tobacco Education Program, Deputy Director
  • Member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Ahoskie, NC




Kelvin L. Spragley, Ph.D.Kelvin L. Spragley, Ph.D.
Education
Zebulon, North Carolina

  • Class of 1991, Chowan University, A.A. History
  • Class of 1993, East Carolina University, B.S. Social Science Education
  • Class of 1999, North Carolina State University, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
  • 2010 – Present: Associate Executive Director for the North Carolina Association of Educators and the Executive Director for the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children
  • Founder of The Spragley Group, LLC, consulting business
  • 1986-89 U.S. Army




Steven VarleySteven Varley
Higher Education
New Haven, Connecticut

  • Class of 1997, Chowan University, B.S. Graphic Communication
  • Class of 2000, Gardner-Webb University, M.B.A.
  • Director of Development and Alumnae/i Affairs at Yale University School of Nursing
  • Former Vice President for Advancement at Gardner-Webb University

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Sydney J. Bartholomew, Jr.
Emmy Award Winning Director, Production Designer, Writer, Actor, Visual Effects and Art Director on big budget Hollywood blockbusters!

Sydney J. Bartholomew, Jr.Worked with the famous Farrelly Brothers on seven of their best works including:

  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Kingpin
  • Me, Myself and Irene
  • Say It Isn’t So
  • Osmosis Jones
  • Shallow Hal
  • Stuck On You
  • The Heartbreak Kid



Marvin DaughertyMarvin Daugherty

Chief Meteorologist for WITN-TV’s First Alert Weather Team

  • Delivering accurate and precise weather forecasts
    to Eastern Carolina for 25 years
  • Witnessed and reported on almost every major weather event in Eastern Carolina for the past two decades
  • Received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, one of only 1,600 or so people since 1959



Patsy MarksPatsy Marks
President of Belmont Peanuts
of Southampton, Inc.
  • Owns and operates Belmont Farm in Capron, Virginia in an area called the "Heart of Peanut Country"
  • Belmont House, established in 1790, is on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register for Historical Places
  • Belmont Peanuts has grown from scratch into a highly successful, family-run business, shipping her products all over the globe
  • Other crops include cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and watermelons - grown with careful attention to good environmental practices



Nate McMillanNate McMillan
Head Coach of the NBA Portland Trailblazers

  • Formerly the Head Coach for the Seattle Supersonics
  • 12 years playing NBA basketball for the Supersonics
  • Known in the Seattle community as “Mr. Sonic”
  • Supersonics’ all-time leader in assists and steals
  • One of only four Sonics players to have his number retired
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