Elizabeth City State University held its 147th Commencement Convocation on December
13 in the Robert L. Vaughan Center. Mr. Anthony E. Foriest was our commencement speaker.
His biography appears below:
Mr. Foriest worked 22 years with Xerox Corporation in numerous capacities, including
Internal Control Manager as a supervisor of all office support personnel and management
of security and facilities for five North Carolina locations; Senior Account Manager,
where he was responsible for selling low and high volume copier and duplicators sales
to major accounts in the Piedmont Triad area; Supply Business Specialist, where he
was responsible for the Carolina Business Unit meeting a $13 million supply revenue
Mr. Foriest officially retired from Xerox in 1999 and has continued working extensively
in the community and his home church, First Baptist Church in Graham, where he presently
serves on the Board of Deacons, in the Sunday school and in the male chorus. He is
also active as a board member of the MidCarolina Bank in Graham, a board member of
the Alamance County Friendship Center, a board member of the Alamance County Arts
Council, a board member of the Alamance County Friends of the Library and co-chairman
of the Closing the Achievement Gap Committee appointed by the Alamance County Board
of Education. Mr. Foriest has served extensively within the Democratic Party in the
past, including two terms as chairman of the Alamance County Democratic Party, a member
of the NC Democratic Party Executive Committee and, chairman of the NC Senior Democrats.
Mr. Foriest is also a 2004 recipient of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation's "Nancy
Susan Reynolds Award" for his service to Alamance County in race relations.
In November, 2006 Mr. Foriest was elected to represent Alamance and Caswell Counties
in the North Carolina General Assembly. He serves on eight committees in the N.C.
Senate including the following: Appropriations on Education/Higher Education; Commerce
Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Joint Select Committee on Economic Development
Mr. Foriest grew up in Alamance County and was educated in the Burlington-Alamance
School System. He has been married to his wife, Clara, for 37 years and they have
an adult daughter, Pamela F. Alsbrooks, and an adult son, Bryant C. Foriest. He graduated
from the former Central High School in Graham in 1966. He served in the US Army for
three years before finishing his undergraduate education at UNC Chapel Hill, majoring
in economics. In 1994 he completed graduate requirements for his MBA from Elon University.