The Raleigh-Durham-Durham-Wake Alumni Chapter hosted the 45th Annual National Alumni
Association Convention in Raleigh, N. C. on Thursday through Saturday, July 9-11,
2015. Over 100 local and national officers, along with Elizabeth City State University
(ECSU) Chancellor Stacey Franklin Jones and her leadership team, attended the event.
On Friday, ECSU Professor Glen Bowman gave highlights of his recent publication on
the history of Elizabeth City State University before unveiling it to the audience.
Expressing appreciation to all who helped him bring this arduous research project
to fruition, he stated, "It has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments of
my career." He delighted alums by staying around to autograph their pre-purchased
copies. Ella Ivory, class of 1965, whose title-Elizabeth City State University 1891-2016:
The Continuity of a Historical Legacy of Excellence and Resilience- was selected at
last year's convention, was present to witness the unveiling.
Other activities included an exciting series of workshops on managing change and transition
and what it takes to influence the involvement of young alumni. Ms. Andrea Harris,
founder and senior fellow of The Institute, an economic development non-profit in
Raleigh, delivered a powerful and inspiring message on the historic and continuing
value of HBCUs. "North Carolina has 10% of the nation's HBCUs with five (5) public
and five (5) private institutions in the state and they generate more than $2 billion
of economic impact for the state," she noted. In acknowledging ECSU's almost quarter
of a billion dollar ($231.5) economic impact on North Carolina and its production
of the vast majority of Black teachers in the northeastern prosperity zone, Harris
stated further, "ECSU is a diamond in the northeast the simply needs our support and
The host chapter capped the day's activities with a benefit dinner honoring Elaine
Welch Perry, ECSU Class of 1954, the founder of the Raleigh-Durham-Wake Alumni Chapter
and the National Alumni Association Convention, formerly the General Alumni Association
Summer Workshop. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships.
On Saturday, Chancellor Stacey Franklin Jones presented her strategic plan outlining
the details of her three-phase Path to Prominence vision for securing ECSU's place
among the nation's best colleges and universities. She introduced her leadership
team, including the new provost, Dr. Vann Newkirk, and the recently hired athletic
director, Derrick Johnson. NAA President Jeanette H. Evans stated, "We were pleased
to receive an update on what's happening at the university and will use the information
to guide the revision of the association's strategic plan." Further, she stated,
"As an associated entity of the university, it is our utmost desire to achieve a higher
level of congruence between our values and goals and those articulated in the chancellor's
Next year's convention will be hosted on July 7-9, 2016, culminating activities planned
in conjunction with the university 125th anniversary celebration.