The Elizabeth City State University Foundation Announces New Officers

The Elizabeth City State University Foundation Announces New Officers

Kesha Williams
June 28, 2010


The Elizabeth City State University Foundation announces new officers for its executive board. Each of the officers was elected to serve a one- year term that will begin July 1.

Mr. Rodney Hawkins
Elizabeth City State University-Class of 1999
Year appointed to board-2008
Resident of Hampton, Va.
Chief Executive Officer of Evolve, LLC

Rodney J. Hawkins is the CEO and co-founder of Evolve Therapeutic Counseling Services, and the CEO and founder of Grace, Inc., a residential and community based support agency for children and adults who have cognitive disabilities.  Hawkins is a veteran, the U.S. Army National Guard, and a recipient of the Bronze Star. He earned a BS degree in sociology from ECSU (1999), and a Master's degree in Human Resources Management degree from Troy State University (2003). His community service includes committees and boards such as the ECSU Foundation Board, The Urban League of Hampton Roads (Committee Member), The SAME Foundation (Board Member) and as an Alumni Committee Member.

The Rev. Dr. Ricky L. Banks
Elizabeth City State University-Class of 1977
Year appointed to board-2007
Resident of Elizabeth City, N.C.
Senior Pastor, St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church

Banks is a native of Camden County.  He earned B.S. degree in Intermediate education in 1977 from ECSU. He earned a certificate in Religious Education from Roanoke Collegiate Institute and a master's degree in religion from Liberty University.  The Roanoke Theological Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Theology degree. Banks is the pastor of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church. He is a member of the university's Nation for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (2006) and the recipient of numerous awards from civic and social organizations.  He is married to Shelva Watson Banks and he is the father of two adult daughters.

The Rev. Vonner G. Horton
Mt. Olive College
Year appointed to board-2009
Resident of Edenton, N.C.
Pastor of Oxley Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Horton earned a B.S. degree from Mount Olive College. She is a former educator and current pastor of Oxley Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bertie County, N. C. Horton also serves on several local, state and national boards such as Faith Partnerships Incorporation, the Board of Directors for Table of Faith, Sisters of Faith, Chairperson of Bertie County Medical Transport Service Board and the ECSU Scholarship Committee. She is the founder of Sisters-in-the Spirit Ministries.

Colonel Randy B. Bell
Elizabeth City State University-Class of 1972
Year appointed to board-2006
Resident of Virginia Beach, Va.
United States Marine Corps (Retired)

Bell is a native of Smithfield, N. C. He earned a B. S. degree in Social Sciences from ECSU and master's degrees in Educational Leadership from Troy State University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He became a Second Lieutenant in August of 1974. He retired from the Marine Corps in September of 2004 while serving as Assistant Chief of Staff, Aviation Logistics at the US Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. Bell is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He holds many awards for military performance and achievement. He is a lifetime member of the university's National Alumni Association.

The ECSU Foundation mission is to serve as the steward of private contributions to Elizabeth City State University in order to provide educational assistance for students, to support faculty, and to secure the operational needs of the university. The Foundation receives, invests, and administers funds received, as a result of charitable contributions from the private sector, on behalf of the students and programs at ECSU and, as a result, for the greater good of the community.