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Gallery of Distinguished Alumni

Since 1848, Chowan University has educated thousands of young people from all parts of the globe. Many of these graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in their chosen careers and in service to their communities.

In addition to being featured online, The Distinguished Gallery of Graduates is located on the ground floor of the historic McDowell Columns Building at the heart of the Chowan University campus. This display recognizes those graduates who have set the standard for all Chowan alumni. We are honored to recognize them for their outstanding accomplishments.  


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
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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The campus display was made possible by generous gifts from:
Kate Mackie Allen, '29 The Chowan University Alumni Board Kemper W. Baker, Jr., '66 Beverly Baker John M. Tayloe, '94

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