Black Alumni Chapter Awards

Nominations are being accepted until Friday, August 19 for the awards to be given during the 2016 Black Alumni Reunion.

Dr. Andrew A. Best Trailblazer Award

The Dr. Andrew A. Best Trailblazer Award serves to continually celebrate and honor the foundations that were laid so future generations could emerge and stand on higher ground. The Dr. Andrew A. Best Trailblazer Award recognizes groundbreakers, innovators, and pioneers who have devoted their time and effort in servant leadership. The recipient of this award will demonstrate a heart of great passion to give and to serve, so those following can inherit a better life.



Laura Marie Leary Elliott Courageous Leader Award

The Laura Marie Leary Elliott Courageous Leader Award bears the name of Laura Marie Leary, the first full-time African American student to graduate from East Carolina University. The award recognizes noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who have graduated from East Carolina University. The recipient of the award should demonstrate significant accomplishments or promise in their fields, offer inspiration and encouragement as models for principled leadership, and exhibit civic, cultural, or charitable involvement within their communities.



Ledonia Wright Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award

The Ledonia S. Wright Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award honors a faculty or staff member, past or present, who has made outstanding contributions to the ECU community and to educating ECU students (nominee does not have to be an alumnus).


"My wife and I both graduated from ECU and we are both lifetime members of the Alumni Association. We've always had a devotion to East Carolina, and because we gained so much from our education, we think lifetime membership is a great way to give back to the University. I would recommend lifetime membership to anyone who went to East Carolina. There are many wonderful benefits, and it's very special."

Jerry '65 and Joanie '65 Tolley

"I am a member of the alumni association because it provides an opportunity for me to connect to the university, renew relationships through alumni events, and help attract potential students to ECU. As an active member of the alumni association, I have the chance to serve as an advocate for the university through volunteerism. Being a member along with my son as a fellow Pirate demonstrates commitment and builds a legacy within our family."

Linda Thomas '81

"I am a member because ECU is my second home. Staying connected not only allows me to give back to the university but also inspire the next generation of pirates."

Tim Willis '12

"I am a member of the Alumni Association because I want everyone to know what East Carolina means to me and how much pride and love I have for ECU. Being a member means the world to me, and is the one way that I can give back and stay connected to the place that gave me the best years of my life."

Jeremy Woodard '01

"I am a member of the alumni association because I appreciate how well ECU prepared me for my business career. I enjoy contributing to the alumni association's efforts to provide scholarships for some of our best and brightest students. The Alumni Association does a great job of providing ways for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and I hope when they do they enjoy it as much as I do. I believe in what ECU stands for and my membership helps me feel a part of the great things ECU is accomplishing!"

Wes Johnson '85