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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.  

Josh Bryson
Josh BrysonAthletics
Charleston, SC

  • Class of 2002, Chowan University, B.S. Physical Education, Sports Management
  • Leadership Scholar (1998-2002); Sophmore Class President (1999-2000)
  • Chowan Ambassador (2000-2002) President (2001-2002); Order of the Silver Feather
  • 2002-2003 - External Affairs & Championships, Southern Conference; served as conference liaison for men's golf and wrestling
  • 2003-2004 - Assistant Youth Minister, Highlands United Methodist Church
  • 2004-2007 - Ticket Manager, College of Charleston Athletics
  • 2007-Present - Director of Operations, College of Charleston Athletics
  • 2008-Present ESPN Charleston Classic - Event Manager
  • 2005 & 2008 Southern Conference Softball Event Manager
  • 2010 NCAA First Round Men's Soccer Championship - Event Manager
  • 2011-Present - Executive Producer - Charleston Sports Network
  • Member of Bethel United Methodist Church Trustees beginning January, 2015
  • Married to the former Mandi Copeland in January, 2010




Teresa Futrell Jenkins
Teresa Futrell JenkinsBusiness
Woodland, NC

  • Native of Murfreesboro, NC
  • Class of 1982, Chowan College, Business Degree
  • Cheerleader at Chowan, 2 years
  • Senior Vice President / City Exec. / Mortgage Specialist - Southern Bank - Ahoskie, NC
  • Top Mortgage Producer - past 5 years
  • Board Member of Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Woodland (NC) Ladies Auxilary
  • Member of Ahoskie Rotary Club
  • Married to Jay Jenkins
  • 3 children - (Twin Daughters) Shannon Jenkins Matkins of Burlington, Melissa Jenkins Caudle of Wilson, Joshua Jenkins of Raleigh
  • Proud grandparents to 1st grandchild - 4 months old Owen Bryce Caudle




Darlene Keene
Jena'y NelsonMedicine
Ahoskie, NC

  • Raised in Ahoskie, NC area
  • Class of 1981, Chowan College, Science/Biology Degree
  • An outstanding honor student at Chowan and member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Graduated East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Class of 1989
  • Residency Hospital: East Carolina School of Medicine, Pitt County Memorial Hospital
  • NC State Medical License, 1992 - Present
  • Member, American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrician in Martin County, NC for over 15 years
  • Pediatrician at Ahoskie (NC) Comprehensive Care, 2013 - Present
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll Recipient




Sean McClafferty

Sean McClaffertyEducation
Roanoke Rapids, NC

  • Class of 1998, Chowan University, B.S. Elementary Education; K-12 AIG Certified
  • Chowan Career: 4 year Captain Men's Soccer (1993-1997); 1993 & 1994 Men's Soccer MVP;
  • 1994 Men's Soccer Most Outstanding Defender; 1996 Domino's Classic All Tournament Team;
  • 1996 Highest Win Percentage in Men's Soccer History at Chowan 12-5-1;
  • 1997 Men's Assistant Soccer Coach at Chowan; 1996 Men's Tennis Most Improved,
  • 1997 Men's Tennis MVP; 1994 Chowan Ambassador
  • 6th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Chaloner Middle School, Roanoke Rapids
  • Head Boys' Basketball Coach, Chaloner Middle School
  • Assistant Boys' Football Coach, Chaloner Middle School
  • Member, Alumni Council, Chowan University
  • Member of St. John's Baptist Catholic Church
  • Married to Jenifer Hill McClafferty (Class of 1995); one pup, Scout




Fred Vinson
Fred VinsonProfessional Sports

  • Native of Murfreesboro, NC; graduate of Northhampton County High School East
  • Graduated from Chowan College in 1991
  • Chowan Basketball Career: Most Outstanding Male Athlete, Region X Player of the Year, First Team All-Region X All-Conference, Carolina JUCO Conference Player of the Year, All Tournament Region X, and Most Valuable Player at Chowan
  • Player at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, GA. As a gaurd, MVP for 1993-94 season;
  • Team's third leading scorer
  • Played for two NBA teams: Atlanta Hawks and Seattle Supersonics; finished professional playing career overseas
  • Assistant Coach/Director of Player Programs for Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2010 - present - Assistant Coach with the New Orleans Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Married to Muthithar Vinson; three children

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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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