|Distinguished Service Award|
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| ||Dale Engelbert ’82|
Dale Engelbert ’82 lives a life of service in her community of Princeton, NJ and for her University. Despite her geographical distance from Greenville and ECU, Engelbert makes time to stay connected with East Carolina. She is active in the Alumni Association’s New York Metropolitan Chapter, in which she serves as vice president and treasurer. In this role, Engelbert has spearheaded a number of events in her area, including the annual Football Kickoff Party, the School of Business Networking Social and Tour, the New York Metro Community Service Project, the Yankee outing, and the Centennial Celebration Scholarship Golf Tournament and Dinner. Engelbert also served as a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for four years.
In her community, Engelbert volunteers in the public school system, with the Arts Council of Princeton, HiTops (Health Resources for Teens), Health Care Ministry of Princeton, in her church, and for the Princeton Hospital. She is also co-author and co-designer of Sacred Spaces, Princeton Parties, Gatherings and Celebrations. Engelbert and her husband Kurt are avid supporters of the University, as Centennial Pirates of the Alumni Association, members of the Pirate Club, annually contributing to the College of Arts & Sciences, and having endowed a scholarship in the School of Business in memory of her late brother.
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| ||Julia “Jewelle” Rogers ’56|
Julia “Jewelle” S. Rogers ’56 epitomizes East Carolina’s motto of service. From her many years as a school teacher and realtor to her dedication to her alma mater, Rogers lives to serve. She is a member of the East Carolina University Educator’s Hall of Fame, one of the College of Human Ecology’s Centennial Legacy Leaders, and is past president of the Friends of Joyner Library Board. Along with husband Charles Rogers, a 2008 Honorary Alumni Award recipient, she is a Centennial Pirate in the Alumni Association, a member of the University’s Circle of Excellence, an event sponsor for ECU’s Women’s Roundtable, a board member of the Friends of Laupus Medical Library, a board member and season ticket holder of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, a member and benefactor season ticket holder of the Friends of the School of Theatre and Dance, and serves on the College of Human Ecology Advisory Council. They are also Kick Off to Victory scholarship level members of the Pirate Club, season ticket holders of football, men’s and ladies basketball, and baseball. The Rogers’ participate in the Skip & Lunch series and helped with the Lady Pirates Scrapbooking Project.
Throughout her career Rogers was active in the NEA (National Education Association), NCEA (North Carolina Education Association), NVA (National Vocational Association), NCVA (North Carolina Vocational Association), NCR (North Carolina Realtor), and the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce.
In her local community Rogers is a member and past president of the Washington Park Garden Club, member of the Beaufort County Committee of 100, the Beaufort County Pirate Club, Women for Women member, and is a New Horizon Leader for the United Methodist Church in Washington, NC.
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|Honorary Alumni Award|
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| ||Steve Keen|
Steve Keen is founder of Adam’s Auto Wash, and founder and owner of Adair LLC, a real estate development venture, and Atlantic Coast Deliveries, a yacht delivery company. Keen is master captain, having a license from the United States Coast Guard to captain vessels up to 100 tons along the East Coast.
Since the opening of Adam’s Auto Wash flagship car wash in Goldsboro, NC in 1983 and the Greenville store in 1986, Keen has been dedicated to serving his community through his business, providing countless donations to schools, churches, fire departments, police stations, and giving ECU alumni discounted car washes.
A Navy veteran, Keen is a past member of the Wayne County Military Affairs Committee. He is a York Right Mason with the Goldsboro Masonic Lodge and is a past member of the Wayne County Economic Development Commission, both the Wayne County and Greenville-Pitt County Chambers of Commerce, a newly-elected member of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, and avid supporter of the Pirate Club. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Little Bank, is vice chair of the Wayne County Planning Board, is a member of the ECU Educational Foundation’s Executive Committee, and season ticket holder for Pirates football, men’s basketball, and baseball. He has been a member of the Pirate Club for 23 years, is a member of the VanSant Society, and the Order of the Cupola. Adam’s Auto Wash is a partner in the Pirates Supporting Pirates program. Keen also volunteers for the Wayne County Guardian ad Litem Program, leads weekly worship services at the Brian Center and Sterling House in Goldsboro, and is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Rosewood First Baptist Church.
Keen is the proud parent of two East Carolina graduates.
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| ||Dr. Jesse Peel|
In memory of his parents Helen and J. Woolard Peel, Dr. Jesse R. Peel has adopted East Carolina University as his own through generous contributions—both monetarily and in service to advancing the University’s mission. A native of Everetts in Martin County, NC, Dr. Peel understands the necessity and benefit of a thriving institution of higher learning in eastern North Carolina.
In his effort to advance ECU, Dr. Peel has established the J. Woolard Peel University Scholars Award, which is part of the EC Scholars program; the J. Woolard and Helen Peel Distinguished Professorship in Religious Studies, which Dr. Mary Nyangweso Wangila currently holds; and set up a Core Competencies Program in the Brody School of Medicine. Through his estate, Dr. Peel will establish the The Dr. Jesse R. Peel Distinguished Professorship in Social Diversity in the Department of Sociology in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; the Dr. Jesse R. Peel Distinguished Professorship in Social Diversity in the College of Education; the Helen K. Peel EC Scholars Award; and an endowment of support for the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research in the Department of Sociology in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. He also helped the University establish the Chancellor’s Diversity Council and the Center on Diversity and Inequality Research in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Peel is a member of the Chancellor’s Diversity Council, is an honorary member of East Carolina’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and received the Thomas Harriot College medallion in recognition of service to the College. On August 28 of this year, Dr. Peel was awarded the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient by the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Peel spent his career practicing psychiatry, including assisting the 3rd Marine Division during the American withdrawal from Viet Nam. He was in practice in Atlanta, GA from 1976 through his retirement in 1992 and played a significant role in how that city responded to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. He holds his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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|Outstanding Alumni Award|
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| ||Bruce Biggs ’66|
Bruce A. Biggs ’66 is owner and president of Biggs Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC Truck in Elizabeth City, NC. As a community leader, Biggs is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, the United Way, the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, and the North Carolina Aquarium Society. He has been a Rotarian for 40 years and previously served as president, and was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Biggs is also involved with the College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University, the Albemarle Food Bank, and the Elizabeth City Tourism Board.
As a prominent member of the North Carolina auto industry, Biggs has served the NCADA (North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association) for more than 25 years. In that time he has been chairman, vice chairman, a district board member, and a member of the Association’s Worker’s Comp Board and Investment Committee. He also served on the DEAC (Dealers Election Action Committee) and is active in promoting pro-business candidates for the North Carolina Legislature and other state offices. Biggs has made several trips to Capitol Hill to visit with North Carolina’s congressional delegation.
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| ||Major General William Holland ’75|
Major General William L. “Dutch” Holland ’75 is Commander, 9th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, SC. The 9th Air Force comprises six wings in the eastern United States and two direct reporting units with more than 350 aircraft, and 24,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. The command is also responsible for the operational readiness of 149th Air Force-gained National Guard and Air Force Reserve units.
Maj. Gen. Holland entered the Air Force in 1976 after receiving his commission through the ROTC program at East Carolina. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and has served in several joint and Air Staff assignments. These include Combined Forces Command/United Nation Command, South Korea; Headquarters U.S. Atlantic Command; Headquarters U.S. Central Command; and the NATO Balkans Combined Air Operations Center during the Operation Allied Force Kosovo air campaign and Joint Task Force 170, Haiti.
Prior to assuming his current position, Maj. Gen. Holland was the Vice Commander, 9th Air Force, and Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central at Shaw Air Force Base. He is a command pilot with 2,500 flying hours.
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| || ||Dr. Garrie Moore ’85|
Dr. Garrie W. Moore ’85 is vice chancellor for student affairs at City University of New York (CUNY System) where he is responsible for a wide array of services and programs designed to empower and motivate students as they pursue their academic goals on all 19 campuses. At CUNY Moore is actively involved with the CUNY United Way Campaign as its chairperson, the CUNY Campaign Against Diabetes Initiative, and the Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs.
Prior to taking his current post at CUNY, Moore served East Carolina as associate provost/vice chancellor for student affairs, vice chancellor for student life, tenured assistant professor in allied health sciences and community health, assistant to the chancellor and EEO officer, and an adjunct professor. He served on a variety of boards and committees, including the University’s Centennial Committee, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Certification Committee, the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Steering Committee, the ECU Diversity Committee, among others.
Although he resides in New York, Moore remains actively involved with the East Carolina as a current member of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Development Board & Executive Committee and is a member of the Parents Council.
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| || ||Dr. Jerry Wallace ’56|
Dr. Jerry M. Wallace ’56 is president of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. Dr. Wallace has enjoyed a long career at Campbell, beginning in 1970 as an adjunct professor of sociology. He then served as chairman of the department of religion and philosophy and Tyner Professor of Religion, was appointed dean of the university and director of graduate studies, was named vice president for academic affairs and provost, and then assumed the role of president in 2003. Dr. Wallace also holds a doctorate of education, master’s of theology, and bachelor of divinity.
During his years in senior administration at Campbell, Dr. Wallace has been instrumental in a number of the University’s accomplishments and accolades, including the establishment of three professional schools, physical growth of the campus, and improvements to the international education programs.
As an ordained minister, Dr. Wallace has long been acknowledged as one of the leading Baptist figures in North Carolina. He served as pastor of the Elizabethtown Baptist Church from 1960-1975 as well as holding interim pastorate posts in central and eastern North Carolina prior to his career in academia.