Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 1986 graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in information systems management and I am a 2007 graduate of the N.C. Certified Public Managers Program. I have over 20 years of experience in the information technology field and have received awards for outstanding service. I am currently employed with the N.C. Department of Commerce-Division of Employment Security serving as a network engineering supervisor for the Information Technology Department. I currently work and reside in Raleigh.
When and why did you become involved with your chapter?
I started receiving a variety of correspondence in the mail about joining the Raleigh-Wake WSSU Alumni Chapter. One day I ran into a good friend and fellow alum, Linwood Skinner (WSSU Hall of Fame Member), and he encouraged me to join the chapter in 2002. I immediately began to work on the Ways and Means Committee and soon became a committee chair. I served as vice president for four years and now I am serving my fourth year as president. While attending WSSU, I was actively involved in several campus organizations and always intended to "depart to serve" after graduation.
When did you become president and what is the major focus of your chapter?
I became the president of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter in 2008 and was re-elected in 2010 for a second term. My key goals and focus for the chapter are to promote awareness of our esteemed university in the Raleigh-Wake County area, financially support initiatives of the university, and continuously support student recruitment efforts.
What are some initiatives of the chapter that
address this focus?
Raleigh-Wake Chapter's most important initiatives include, but not limited to: funding our annual scholarship award for a Raleigh-Wake County students entering the university, supporting the initiatives of the National Alumni Association, and supporting the community by sponsoring bus trips for WSSU Fall/Spring Open House and participating in college prep workshops. We also keep fellow alums "in the know" about current activities that the Raleigh-Wake Chapter, including WSSU related news, with the publication of the Weekly Wire e-newsletter.
What is the one thing you want to share about the chapter to prospective members?
The Raleigh-Wake Chapter is a very diverse chapter with representation of graduates from as early as the 1960's to the 2000's. We are actively seeking Raleigh-Wake area alums to join our association, support our service projects, and participate in our initiatives supporting our beloved WSSU. For more information about how you can join/support your Raleigh-Wake WSSU Alumni Chapter, please send an email or visit our website .