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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.  

Roy Henderson
Roy HensersonMinistry
Charlotte , NC

  • 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
  • Received a Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Virginia State University
  • 2009 to present - Director of Family Life & Wellness at The Park Ministries, Charlotte, NC
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Owner Remnant Fitness, LLC
  • Married to Lanette Hendersen and they have two children: Logan, 9 years old and Wesley, 6 years old




Linda Moore
Linda MooreMinistry
Greenville, NC

  • Chowan University, Class of 1990; AS Pre-Education
  • Longwood University, Class of 1992;
    BS Elementary Education
  • Former Elementary School Teacher and Customer Relations Trainer
  • Served on Chowan University Alumni Board
    of Directors
  • 2005, Ordained into Gospel Ministry by Glen Allen Baptist Church,
    Glen Allen, VA
  • Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Class of 2006, MDiv in Christian Education
  • 2006-2011, Minister of Christian Education at First Baptist Church in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 2007, Ordained by American Baptist Churches in Massachusetts
  • VCU Medical Center Chaplain Residency Program, 2011-2012
  • Virgina Commonwealth University, Class of 2012; MS Patient Counseling
  • 2013 to present, Staff Chaplain for Trauma and Critical Care at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
  • 2014, Endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at Staff Chaplain
  • Board Certified Chaplain, Pending, October 2014
  • Member of Association for Professional Chaplains




Jena'y Nelson
Jena'y NelsonBusiness
Murfreesboro, NC

  • Class of 2012, Chowan University, B.S., Business Administration, Accounting concentration,
    minor Management
  • Miss Chowan University 2011-2012
  • 2nd Runner up - Food Lion's Miss CIAA 2012
  • Order of the Silver Feather Service Award
  • Benjamin Conrad Sutton, Sr. Award for Business Leadership
  • Leadership Scholar
  • Played Tennis all four years (Captain 2011-2012)
  • Currently pursuing MBA in Human Resourses
  • Teller at Southern Bank, Jackson
  • Member, Chowan Alumni Council




E. Lee Stephens, III
Lee StephensBusiness
Greensboro, NC

  • Class of 1996, Chowan University,
    B.S., Physical Science
  • Chowan activities: Baptist Student Union, SGA, Band and Choir, Ambassador
  • Chowan Board of Trustees: Student Representative
  • 1996-98 - Duke University Medical Center, Durham
  • 1998-2003 - Science Teacher at Forbush High School, Yadkinville, NC
  • 2004-2012 - Bob Dunn Auto Mall, Internet Sales Manager
  • 2012 - Present - Fiat of the Triad, Finance Specialist, Greensboro, NC
  • Married to Candi Buie Stephens; one son, Walker




James T. Sterling
Jimmy SterlingBusiness
Kacksonville, FL

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, BS Biology
  • Football player all four years
  • Played semi-pro football 2003-2006; Won SSFL Championship at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando in 2005; Named to the SSFL All Star Team in 2006
  • Currently a Certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer through PADI
  • Owner of Steerling Roofing - Based in Jacksonville, FL
  • Installed first ever green roof for Starbucks at Downtown Disney Orlando
  • Owner of Nesta Construction, LLC - Specializing in remodels, outdoor living and additions
  • Owner of Roof Loading Services of Florida LLC
  • Owner of Sterling Ventures - Land and property acquisition company
  • Proud partner with Angelwood (Charity for the challenged)
  • Proud Partner with the Boselli Foundation - Focused on helping kids in the community achieve greater things
  • Married to Kristy Ann Sterling; children: Kayla Rose (8), James Jerin (4), Rayna June (2)


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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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