Distinguished Service Award

Dan Kinlaw '65
Kinlaw graduated from ECU in 1965 with a degree in education. An executive from Fayetteville, NC, Kinlaw has been a member of the East Carolina University Board of Trustees since 1997. He was re-elected as secretary of the Board in July of 2004.

Kinlaw is the owner of Fayetteville Moving and Storage, International Moving and Storage, and Kinlaw Development Company. He founded the State Bank of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Area Economic Development organization. Kinlaw has also held posts as director of the East Carolina Educational Foundation (ECU Pirate Club), the Fayetteville Sports Club and the Fayetteville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Honorary Alumni Award

Dr. Leo Jenkins
Jenkins came to North Carolina in 1947 as dean of East Carolina Teachers College. In 1960 he was installed as the sixth president of the College. While serving ECU, the School of Nursing was developed, the Institute for Regional Research and Development was created, the School of Allied Health Professions was cultivated, and the college became a university. Jenkins was an outspoken advocate for greater recognition of East Carolina, a broadening of its mission, university status, and the addition of a four-year School of Medicine. During his tenure all of these goals were achieved, and the institution shifted from a small, liberal-arts college to a large, multi-faceted university.

Jenkins felt strongly about not only improving the University, but the growing community as well. He was extremely active on boards and committees, serving on the Atomic Energy Advisory Committee, as a delegate to the White House Conference on Education, and chairman of the Council of Presidents of State-Supported Institutions of Higher Learning.

Jenkins attended Rutgers University where he received a Bachelor of Science. He received a Master of Arts from Columbia University and Doctorate of Education from New York University. Jenkins also pursued graduate work at Duke University in 1946. As a Marine Corps officer during World War II, he attained the rank of major, was awarded the Bronze Star, and served on the South Pacific islands of Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

Outstanding Alumni Award

Dr. Shirley W. Carraway ’75, ’85, ’92, ’00
Shirley W. Carraway is a four-time graduate of East Carolina University, having earned a BS in speech, language & auditory pathology, and three advanced degrees, including a master’s and doctorate in education as well as educational specialist certification. Carraway served both Lenoir and Pitt County schools in a number of capacities, including Assistant Superintendent and Associate Superintendent for Educational Programs, and is currently Superintendent of Orange County Schools. Carraway volunteers for multiple educational organizations, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Tarheel Principals and Assistant Principals Association, and National Association of School Administrators, among others. In 2005 she was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, and has received numerous other awards for her dedication to the profession.

James (Jim) W. Chesnutt ’63
James (Jim) W. Chesnutt graduated from East Carolina University in 1963. He began his career in banking, but has spent the last 10 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Spinning Company, a leading supplier of acrylic yarn, located in Washington, NC. Chesnutt has devoted much of his career to the advocacy of jobs and economic development and growth of North Carolina, focusing particularly in the eastern region of the state. For over 30 years he has worked tirelessly to maintain employment in eastern North Carolina, improving the economic welfare of individuals and industries in the region.

Chesnutt is a volunteer, serving on numerous boards, community groups, and educational organizations, including ECU’s School of Business Advisory Council, and the Medical Foundation of East Carolina University. He is also a philanthropist, having funded a $100,000 endowment for the College of Business through personal and business contributions. This gift, along with other smaller gifts over the years, makes Chesnutt and National Spinning Company among the top ten lifetime individual donors to the College of Business.

Ron L. Clark, Jr. ’94
Often called "America’s Educator," Ron L. Clark, Jr. graduated from East Carolina University in 1994. His passion for education and drive to improve the academic experience of countless children across America has made him an inspiration to many young people and fellow educators. Clark’s devotion to teaching has won him a myriad of accolades, including being named Disney's Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2000 and recognized by O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, as the first “Phenomenal Man.” Clark is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. He has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, and Oprah. Clark's teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting TNT network film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry. He is currently working toward the fall 2007 opening of The Ron Clark Academy, a privately funded institution for inner city students in Atlanta, GA.

Rev. Hubert E. Walters ’65
Reverend Walters, a native of Greenville, NC grew up four blocks from the East Carolina campus. He enrolled at the University in 1962 as a graduate student in the Music Department where he was a member of Phi Lamda, a National Music Honor Society. He received a doctorate of musical arts from Boston College. Walters has served as chairman of the Music Department at Texas College, in Tyler, TX, Professor of Music at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, instructor of Black Music at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, Worcester State College in Worcester, MA, Simmons College, Boston State College, University of Massachusetts at Boston, and currently at Boston College, all in Boston, MA. He is a charter member of the Black Studies Department at Harvard University where he started the “Kuumba Singers” gospel choir in 1970.

Walters was among the first African-Americans to obtain a degree from East Carolina and the first from the School of Music.

"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