After 51 years, Campbell mainstay retires

July 1, 2010 | 9 Comments

After 51 years, Campbell mainstay retires

Buies Creek, N.C. - Being a career adviser for Campbell’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business wasn’t just a job for Peggy Lawrence, who retired this month. As Lawrence packs up the remnants of her 51-year career helping students find jobs in the corporate world, you get the feeling that she isn’t really going anywhere.

“I’ll never stop representing Campbell,” Lawrence said. “I love the atmosphere, I love the people here, people I will treasure forever.”

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Lawrence came to Campbell in 1959 at the invitation of then president Dr. Leslie Campbell to help with the college’s transition into a university. She was fresh from a job with the North Carolina Department of Insurance and had just moved to Dunn with her husband Bill. After the transition, Campbell asked Lawrence to stay and work for one year.

“I’ve been here ever since,” she said. “But I loved Campbell. Although there were some eccentric characters, they were wonderful! And I loved the students. I never met a student I didn’t like.”

Before becoming a career adviser for the School of Business, Lawrence advised all Campbell students concerning career opportunities. Bill Macek, a national bank examiner with the Office the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency (’76), remembers Lawrence’s kindness and determination.

“I always found her to be one of the gentlest people I’ve ever known,” Macek said. “Years later, I lost touch with the college, but in 2003, Mrs. Lawrence tracked me down. She was always interested in placing people with the U.S. Treasury Department and wanted to know any advice or information I could give her.”

Thousands of students have passed through Lawrence’s door, including Campbell’s Dennis Bazemore, Vice President for Student Life, John Roberson, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing and Kim Johnson, Senior Executive Vice President for Wealth Management for BB&T.

“The list looks like a Who’s Who in banking and business,” said Jimmy Witherspoon, chair of the Department of Financial Planning and Accounting and director of the Trust and Wealth Management program at Campbell. “Literally 2,000 plus graduates over 41 years owe their success to Mrs. Lawrence.”

But Lawrence deflects any praise. “It’s a brilliant group of young people,” she said. “They give us bragging rights. When I think of where some of them are today, you would never dream that they came out of little Buies Creek. I look at them, and they have made a name for themselves. They are well-trained. They are giants in their industry.”

To the School of Business, the diminutive Lawrence is no less than a giant herself. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep her involved with the school,” said Witherspoon. “She’s so much a part of our program and the lives of the students who have graduated from Campbell.”

Developed from Campbell’s first Department of Business, established in 1893, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business was formally established in 1983. It offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, accounting, trust and wealth management, economics, international business, and golf management, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree. The Lundy-Fetterman School of Business is one of the few schools in the nation to have a golf management program approved by the PGA.The business school's PGA Golf Management program is accredited by the Professional Golfers Association.


Photo Copy: Peggy Lawrence


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Mrs. Lawrence, I met you at the Lundy-Fetterman Business School. You talked about your grand days and the good people of Campbell.  Told us stories of how several have found peace working with the public at the Farmer’s Market along with service in the Church.  It was a kind bit of words of advice you spoke to me and several of my ITS/ITM pals there that day.  Was nice to have met such a longtime friend of Campbell.  Your service to this community is not forgotten.  One of these days I will have to go up to that Hot Dog stand at the Farmer’s Market. You certainly have led me to believe it is a ‘place to be’ to find good friends’ fellowship beyond a tasty treat!  *In Christ always,  MarkC.*

By Mark Ciliberto on October 3, 2011 - 12:37am

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Yes she is looking like very quiet brave and so beautiful . god bless her.

By monty purk on July 13, 2010 - 3:20am

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Mrs. Lawrence is such an amazing woman!!!  She is truly one of a kind & will be hard to replace. Thank YOU for everything Mrs. Lawrence! :-)

By Jessica Joseph on July 7, 2010 - 8:57am

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Mrs. Lawrence, thank you for everything while I was a student at Campbell.  You were like an adopted grandmother too all of us.

By Alicia Ross on July 2, 2010 - 12:03pm

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Ms. Lawrence, thank you for your unwavering dedication to your profession and the genuine love you showed not only me, but to all of your students! I’m was blessed that you were my career counselor and I owe you a great debt to where I am today. I hope you enjoy your retirement! God bless you!

By Eric Espey on July 2, 2010 - 10:30am

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We’re going to miss you so much! I know I speak for many generations when I say that you have made an impact and changed the lives of us all as trust students! You will be missed dearly through the halls of LFSB. Who am I going to go sit in the office of and listen to stories about all the trust prodigies before me!
You truly are an amazing person Mrs. Peggy and you have left a stamp on so many lives,
Thank you so very much for everything you do and have done!

By whitney barbour on July 2, 2010 - 9:42am

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What a genuine, kind-hearted woman. She really does devote her life to Campbell students!

By Shelley Lucas on July 2, 2010 - 9:05am

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Ms. Lawrence is much more than just a career counselor to so many of us. Thank you for all your years of hard work and devotion to Campbell and to the students!

By Jill Crenshaw Thompson on July 2, 2010 - 7:37am

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Now there’s a familiar face that brings a smile! What a sweet lady indeed! God bless her for all the years she has devoted!

By Bonita Murphy-Wallace on July 1, 2010 - 10:48pm

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