|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.
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|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.
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|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.
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|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.