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$5 Million Set as Target
Mission Excellence Campaign extended
Board members review reports of college operations.
The Chowan College Board of Trustees,
after hearing a report that the $4 million
Mission Excellence campaign had been
exceeded by more than $600,000, voted to
extend the present campaign to a $5 million
target to be reached by June 30, the date of
President Bruce E. Whitaker’s retirement.
The decision was made during the semi
annual meeting of the Board of Trustees
and Board of Advisors, held February 21.
Mission Excellence will provide funds
for additional student aid/scholarships,
endowment for teaching and ad
ministration, program development, and
the renovation of facilities.
Campaign chairman Robert B. Spivey of
Windsor said reaching the extended $5
million goal would serve to further
strengthen the coUege and provide ad
ditional financial aid for needy and
Spivey said reaching and exceeding the
goal by such a large amount was a “great
achievement” and indication of the broad
support the college enjoys from alumni,
trustees and advisors, faculty and staff,
foundations, businesses, churches, civic
clubs and other friends and groups.
Dr. Whitaker presented certificates of
appreciation to Spivey and honorary
campaign chairman Mrs. Texie Camp
Marks of Boykins, Va., for their service in
helping the college raise a record amount
in pledges and gifts. The previous cam
paign high was $2.6 million for the Helms
Center, gymnasium and physical education
facility. Whitaker thanked all members of
the campaign committee for their help.
Director of Development E. Vincent
Tilson expressed the opinion the current
emphasis of attracting gifts to the Bruce E.
and Esther A. Whitaker Scholarship,
established in 1987, would advance the
amount received in gifts and pledges
toward the increased $5 million goal.
“Considering the high esteem in which
Dr. and Mrs. Whitaker are universally
held, I am confident that gifts to the
Whitaker Scholarship will give the
campaign a big boost toward the newly
adopted goal, ’ ’ Tilson exclaimed.
Trustees elected Thomas M. McCrary of
Raleigh, as chairman, and Mrs. J. Grady
Bridgers of Jackson, as vice chairman.
Vernon E. White of Winterville, was
elected chairman, and Charles L. Revelle,
in, of Murfreesboro, vice chairman of the
Executive Committee. E. L. Hollo well of
Edenton, was nominating committee
Other Executive Committee members, in
addition to McCrary and Revelle, are the
Rev. Dennis Bazemore of Chadboum; J.
E. Ferebee, Camden; Mike Johnson,
Hamilton; Frank Rose, Jr., Ahoskie; H.
Douglas White, Rocky Mount; and Edwin
McCrary, who serves as chairman of the
Presidential Search Committee, replaces
Spivey, who served two terms as trustee
chairman and has completed his four-year
Miss Emma Gay Stephenson, of Pen
dleton, was elected chairman of the Board
of Advisors, who met with the trustees
during their semi-annual meeting.
In other fmancial matters. Dr. Whitaker
reported that the college is progressing
toward operating in the black for the 31st
straight year. He will conclude his 32nd
year as Chowan’s president in May.
WTiitaker emphasized the important
contribution of North Carolina Baptists and
the Baptist State Convention of North
Carolina. He reported Chowan is
scheduled to receive over $950,000 if the
Convention meets its 1989 budget.
Business Manager Ben C. Sutton said the
college is “debt free,” which he called an
outstanding accomplishment for a private
After hearing a report from Sutton,
trustees approved a $500 increase in
tuition, room and board and fees for the
1990-91 academic year. Sutton said
Chowan is one of the least expensive
private colleges in North Carolina.
Sutton said the college continues to make
improvements to its grounds and facilities.
These include the addition of a brick
walkway leading to the Helms Center,
construction of a gazebo provided by the
Chowan Alumni Association and alumna
Susan Parker Kerr of Indian Lake Estates,
Fla., near McDowell Columns, and ad
dition to the home for the new president at
the campus entrance.
Dean of Students Clayton Lewis
reported the current spring semester
enrollment of 812 fiill-time students is an
increase of 95 over last year.
The trustees, with the advisors con
curring, approved the establishment of the
Charlie C. and Tulie E. Hoggard
Memorial Scholarship, provided by Mrs.
Mabel Claire Hoggard Maddrey of
Ahoskie and Raleigh, in memory of her
They also approved the establishment of
the Don G. Matthews, Sr., and Don G.
Matthews, Jr., Memorial Scholarship by
Mrs. Mary Alice Matthews of William-
Dean of the College B. Franklin Lowe,
Jr., announced that plans for the retirement
banquet of Dr. and Mrs. Whitaker on April
28 were proceeding according to schedule
with Dr. William Friday, former president
of the University of North Carolina and
president of the William R. Kenan, Jr.,
Fund, Chapel Hill, as featured speaker.
Trustees, with advisors also giving their
Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, Dean of the
College, reports to the Board of Trustees.
support, accepted a recommendation from
President Whitaker to name the new
president’s house the Ella Cobb Camp
House, in memory of the mother of Mrs.
Texie Camp Marks.
Trustees and advisors approved
resolutions to the memory of Charlie
Thomas Whitley, and alumnus of the Class
of 1958 and a former trustee, who died on
January 14. Whitley was recognized for his
involvement in development campaigns,
alumni activities, and student recruitment
in the Winston-Salem area.
The resolutions expressed gratitude for
the services of Charlie Thomas Whitley
and commended his “spirit of concern and
dedication which he exhibited as an
alumnus of the college and as a former
member of her governing board. ’ ’
Trustees who have completed their four-
year terms of service received certificates
of appreciation. They include: Thomas
Craft, Ayden; Dr. Thomas Head,
Wilmington; E. L. Hollowell, Edenton; N.
O. McDowell, Jr., Scotland Neck;
William Norris, Wilmington; Frank Rose,
Jr., Ahoskie; Robert Spivey, Windsor;
Emma Gay Stephenson, Pendleton; and
Dr. L. Mack Thompson, Raleigh.
Welcomed were new trustees: Dr.
Thomas Denton, New Bern; Shelby
Freeman, Morehead City; Mrs. Mary
Matthews, Williamston; Mrs. Elaine
Myers, Ahoskie; David A. Parker, Rocky
Mount; Frank Rose, Jr., Ahoskie; Henry
Skinner, Wilson; Vernon E. White,
Winterville; Mrs. Violet L. White,
Windsor; and Billy Williams, Shelby.
Recognized as new advisors were Mrs.
Eloise S. Durrett of Richmond, Va., as
well as former trustees. Dr, Craft, Head,
McDowell, Norris, Spivey, Stephenson,
and Dr. Thompson.
THE CHOWANIAN, February, 1989 — PAGE 3