BUIES CREEK - For the12 Campbell trustees whose terms will expire on Dec. 31, the past four years have seen some of the University’s most important changes in its 125-year history.
From the return of Campbell’s football program to the law school’s relocation to downtown Raleigh; from numerous renovations and improvements to dedication of Butler Chapel, Buies Creek is a different (and better) place than it was in 2008.
President Jerry Wallace and other top administration offered their gratitude to the 12 outgoing trustees at a luncheon on Nov. 14. 2011 marks the final year of the terms for trustees Bob Barker, Fred Taylor, James Strickland, Lew Starling, Judith Folwell-White, Tom Keith, Helen Currin, Daniel Andrews, Ed Byrd, Hank Capps Jr., Patsy Drummond and Carlton Martin.
“I think we’ve accomplished a great deal,” said Barker, whose name graces Bob Barker Hall and Barker-Lane Stadium on the Buies Creek campus. “I appreciate this board’s efforts, and hopefully, I’ll be back on the board soon.”
Campbell trustees can serve one four-year term, and can return to the board later if approved. Trustees have the authority to approve renovations and improvements, among other things, and have the authority to approve the University’s president.
Among some of the milestones during the past four years, Wallace pointed out:
• The opening of the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center in 2008: “Little did we realize what this place would be home to … other than graduation ceremonies and sporting events,” Wallace said. “It’s a venue for visitation days, home to banquets and much more. Who would have thought it would become the heart of this University?”
• 2008: The first football game in over 50 years, Campbell’s newly negotiated relationship with the Baptist State Convention, the election of its first non-Baptist trustees, approval of the bond to finance the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law in downtown Raleigh
• 2009: Approval of the physician assistant program, dedication of Butler Chapel, renovation of old Kivett Hall, groundbreaking for the women’s residence hall, beginning of the renovations at Leslie Campbell Hall, demolition of Layton Hall
• 2010: Renovation of Carrie Rich to accommodate PA students, approval of the establishment of the Osteopathic School of Medicine
• 2011: Pre-accreditation for the School of Medicine, approval of the establishment of a master of health public health degree and doctor of physical therapy degree, the beginning of the 34-member charter class of the PA program, arrival of the bronze statue in front of the Convocation Center, $2.8 million renovations of Murray Hall, the opening of the second roundabout near the Convocation Center.
“We’ve had a wonderful four years,” Wallce said. “You’ve authorized some things that have been fun to watch and great for the future of Campbell.”
Outgoing trustees include:
Frederick H. Taylor
Troy, North Carolina
Fred Taylor, a native of Vass and a 1964 graduate of Campbell, is president of Troy Lumber Company. An active member of Troy First Baptist Church, Taylor’s current church activities include serving as church moderator, teaching a men’s Sunday School class, singing in the choir, serving as a church trustee, and serving on the personnel committee.
An accomplished musician, Taylor is the featured pianist on several cassette albums. He and his wife, Myra, visit the campus often and are always willing to help in any way they are needed.
Their two children, Louisa and Frederick, II, are graduates of Campbell. Taylor is the son of two of Campbell’s former trustees, Mrs. Alliene Taylor and the late Dr. Fred L. Taylor of Vass, for whom the Fred L. Taylor Hall of Religion on our campus is named.
Taylor has served his community as a member of the Board of Trustees of Montgomery Memorial Hospital and of the Board of Directors of First Bancorp. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys playing tennis.
He has served four terms on the Campbell University Board of Trustees, including two years as Chairman of the Board. He has also served four years as Vice-Chairman of the Board and one term as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
James R. Strickland Jr.
Wilmington, North Carolina
James Strickland, since 1969 has served as president and owner of Strickland Corporation, a business that specializes in window coverings such as blinds, drapes and other items of interior decoration, frequently involving large commercial contracts.
He is an active member of Olivet Baptist Church in Wilmington. His past church activities included serving on the Deacon Board, teaching a Sunday School class, and serving as chairperson of the Constitution Revision Committee. Currently, Strickland is serving his church as the Outreach Director.
Strickland earned his AA degree from Wilmington College (now UNC-W) in 1962, his BS degree in Marketing (1965) and his MS in Education (1968) from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He was on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond in 1965-66, of John Marshall High School in Richmond in 1966-67, and was a member of the faculty in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, in 1967-1968. He has also served on the New Hanover County Board of Health.
Strickland is finishing his second term on the Campbell University Board of Trustees (2003-2006; 2008-2011) and is an excellent representative from the coastal area of our State.
Strickland and his wife, Ginny are the parents of three grown daughters.
Luther (Lew) D. Starling Jr.
Smithfield, North Carolina
Lew Starling was reared in Sampson County, and he is a graduate of Clinton High School, where he was president of the Senior Class, president of Future Farmers of America and where he received the American Farmer degree, the highest degree given by the organization. He was also voted “Most likely to succeed” by his senior classmates.
Starling graduated from Campbell University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While at Campbell, he served as president of the Adam Smith Club, Campbell’s second largest campus club, and was nominated and placed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He is also listed in the United States Directory of Outstanding Young Men in America.
In 1990, Starling graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law where he served on the Wake Forest Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Contracts as he was the top scorer for contracts in the law school division. He was also on the Dean’s List. Starling is currently a partner in the law firm of Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling, L.L.P. located in Smithfield. He has a general practice with a concentration in civil litigation.
He is very active in the community and is a Mason and Shriner. He has been appointed unanimously by the Sampson County Board of Commissioners to the Board of Trustees of Sampson County Memorial Hospital in Clinton and is the youngest member in the history of the Board.
A lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Clinton, Starling has served his church as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Parliamentarian. He is currently serving his sixth term as Mayor of Clinton.
Starling was appointed to the Campbell University Board of Trustees in 1998 to fill the 2 ½ years of the unexpired term of William M. Womble Sr,; in addition he has served two four-year terms (2002-2005 and 2008-2011) and has served his alma mater well.
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Judith Folwell-White and her husband Mackie White are dedicated and active members of Coats Baptist Church, where she currently serves as a member of the Accounting and Bereavement Committees. She has been supportive of the local church and North Carolina Baptists, especially Christian higher education.
White is the widow of the late beloved Thomas H. Folwell who was the founding dean of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and a dedicated professor for Campbell University for 37 years. White graduated from Campbell in 1961 when it was a two-year college. She began her secretarial career at Campbell in 1971 and retired after 33 ½ years of service.
She was a dedicated and loyal executive administrative assistant in the office of the Vice President for Business and Treasurer where she served four vice presidents – Lonnie D. Small, G. Leonard Johnson, Dr. James H. Ellerbe, and James O. Roberts.
White’s main responsibility was to the trustees of the university in which she prepared for all meetings and documented the minutes. White has served as a trustee by fulfilling an unexpired term of Lewis Buroughs and one full four year term (2008-2011).
The Board and the administration consider Mrs. White to be an outstanding trustee with her wisdom and experience on trustee matters.
Tom J. Keith
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Tom Keith, an alumnus of Campbell, is president of Tom Keith & Associates, Inc., a realty company in Fayetteville. A Certified Business Appraiser, he is a past vice president of the Eastern Carolina Chapter of Real Estate Appraisers.
Keith and his wife, the former Anne Bell, are members of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church where he has served as a deacon, Flock Minister, member of the Grounds Committee and the leader of the Singles’ Department.
He was involved several years ago with the Cliffwood Retirement Center, a project that Snyder Memorial Church, First Baptist Church and the community worked on together. Community activities include the Kiwanis Club and serving as a bank director.
Keith has served four previous terms on Campbell’s Board of Trustees and has been a responsible, hardworking and dedicated trustee, rarely missing a meeting. An avid supporter of Campbell University, he and his wife promote Campbell in Cumberland County, and they have financially supported the University’s programs including establishing a scholarship fund to help needy and worthy students pursue a Christian education.
Keith is the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Fred Keith for whom Campbell’s golf course and real estate development properties are named.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Helen Currin, formerly from Dunn, where she owns and operates a farm, currently resides in Wilmington. She is a charter member of Westfield Baptist Church in Dunn where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.
Additionally, she has served as W.M.U. Director and G.A. Director, has been a member of the Deacon Board, and has served as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee. She has also served on the State Board of W.M.U. and has represented her church at the Little River Associational Meetings.
Currin is currently serving a fourth term on the Campbell University Board of Trustees; 1993-1996; 1998-2001; 2003-2006; 2008-2011. While serving on Campbell’s Board, she has chaired the Academic Affairs Committee and served as vice-chairman of the Executive Committee.
Her community service includes serving as a past chairperson of the Harnett County Social Services Board of Directors. In 2000, Currin was awarded Campbell University’s prestigious Presidential Medallion, and in 2005 she was the recipient of the coveted Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
Currin’s late husband, Hank, was a Campbell College graduate and former record-setting baseball player for the Campbell Camels. Currin is the mother of two grown children. She is a hardworking Christian and has been an excellent Trustee representative for Campbell. She is always enthusiastic in promoting Campbell University and its many programs.
Daniel B. Andrews
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Daniel Andrews, who is currently serving in his third term on Campbell’s Board of Trustees, is a highly respected farm owner and operator and is actively involved in the farm programs and services of Harnett County. He has served as Chairman of the Harnett County ASCS Committee, Secretary of the Harnett County Farm Bureau, Director of Cape Fear Farm Credit, President of the Harnett County Forestry Association, and as a member of the Harnett County Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is also a director of First Citizens Bank, Angier.
As an active member of Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church, he supports all church programs and has served as a Deacon and as Chairman of the Cemetery Committee. He has also held the position of Assistant Sunday School Director. Andrews has also served on the Harnett County Board of Commissioners.
He is married to the former Joyce Prince of Harnett County and they have two sons.
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Bob Barker is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bob Barker Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer and distributor of institutional products and supplies to correctional facilities worldwide, as well as rehabilitation facilities, homeless shelters, and schools throughout the United States.
He graduated from Campbell University in 1965 with a B.S. in History and also attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Barker served as Mayor of Apex from 1967-1969 and as North Carolina State Senator from 1972-1999. He received the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award in 1994 by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce.
He is a current member and past president of the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, as well as a founding member and past chairman of the Fuquay-Varina Education Foundation. Barker is a member and past president of the Fuquay-Varina Rotary Club and is a founding member of the Fuquay-Varina New Century Group and the Fuquay-Varina Industrial Managers Association.
Barker is married to the former Patricia Mobley and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. Barker presently serves Campbell University as a member of the Presidential Board of Advisors. He has served one term on Campbell’s Board as Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Campbell University Foundation’s Board of Directors and recently chaired the most successful Campaign Cabinet endeavor in the history of the University leading in the completion of the fund-raising for the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.
The Barkers are members of Woodhaven Baptist Church where he has served as Trustee, Chairman of the Deacon Board, and as a member of the Stewardship Committee. Barker is finishing a two-year term as Chairman of the Campbell University Board of Trustees for 2009-2010; and is serving in his second full term on the Board (2003-2006; 2008-2011).
William (Ed) Byrd
Sanford, North Carolina
Ed Byrd, a land developer in Lee and Moore Counties, was associated for 38 years with Capt. Rod Sullivan, Inc., of which he was part-owner, having served as corporate secretary and general manager of the company’s Southern Pines Branch.
Byrd and his wife, Sadie, are members of Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church where they both sing in the senior adult choir. Additionally, Byrd is active in all phases of church work including serving on the Deacon Board, teaching Sunday School, serving as Chairman of the Nominations Committee. He has also been very active in the Brotherhood, has served as President of Baptist Men, has headed many church projects over the years, has been a member of the Associational Choir, and has served on the Missions Committee.
He has been active in civic and community activities including serving as Lt. Governor of the Optimist Club of North Carolina. In 1993, the Optimist Club recognized him as Man of the Year. In 1994, Campbell University presented him the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, an award given in recognition of outstanding spiritual qualities practically applied in daily living.
Mr. and Mrs. Byrd have established a scholarship fund at Campbell to help undergraduate ministerial students. He is interested in young people and their lives, and by establishing this scholarship, has contributed to the ongoing cause of Christian Higher Education at Campbell University.
Byrd has been an outstanding trustee and an excellent representative for Campbell in the Sanford area. Mr. Byrd is currently serving his fifth term on the Campbell University Board of Trustees and has rendered valuable service as Vice-Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Institutional Advancement. Byrd has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Campbell University Foundation, Inc. since its inception in January 2006.
Patricia “Patsy” C. Drummond
Charlotte, North Carolina
Patsy Drummond, a native of Rome, Ga., currently resides in Charlotte and is a member of Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews, where she currently serves as Greeter Team Leader and Leader in the Women’s Ministry Team.
Drummond is a graduate of Mercer University. She and her husband, Jere, have been married for 44 years and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Before Mr. Drummond’s retirement from his job at BellSouth, the Drummonds moved numerous times according to his work responsibilities. At each location, Mrs. Drummond became an active member of a local Baptist church. A gifted musician, she often served her church in the capacity of pianist or organist.
She has also served on the boards of: To Life, Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlanta, SciTrek, Young Audiences, Children’s Healthcare, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, Marble Retreat, and was a Trustee and Chairman of the Development Committee at Shorter College.
While she has held positions in the past as English teacher, piano teacher, Director of ESL program, and Development Assistant at a science museum, Drummond currently is a homemaker and an avid volunteer for church and community functions.
She is bringing to this Board her willingness, enthusiasm, and strong support of the Christian mission of Campbell University.
Dr. Richard Henry “Hank” Capps Jr.
Huntersville, North Carolina
Dr. Hank Capps is a family physician with Lakeside Family Physicians in Cornelius and is a member of its Board of Directors.
Capps grew up in a Baptist pastor’s home; his father, Richard Capps, Sr. is a retired Baptist minister. He and his wife, Jennifer, are both graduates of Campbell University and are the proud parents of a daughter and a son.
An Eakes Scholar, Capps graduated from Campbell University summa cum laude in 1995 and continued his education by attending East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine on a full scholarship. He completed his medical studies at Duke’s program at the Northeast Medical Center in Concord.
He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Alumni Association at Campbell University. In the first year after his graduation, Capps and his wife established a scholarship at Campbell to provide for pre-med students.
While attending Campbell, he received the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award and the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He was an officer of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Epsilon Pi Eta, and the Pre-Medical /Allied Health Honor Society.
At the graduation ceremony in December 2006, he delivered the commencement address and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Capps is a member of the Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte. He adopted the support of a family in the church mission program in Africa. He serves his community in many ways, but particularly by his once a month service at First Baptist Church Huntersville’s Lake Norman Free Clinic for those in need and as a team doctor for the local high school football games.
Carlton C. Martin
Godwin, North Carolina
Carlton Martin is the President and CEO of Martin’s Abattoir and Wholesale Meats, Inc.
He and his wife, Lynell, are the proud parents of three grown children; two of whom also work at Martin’s Meats. Active in his church; Clement Baptist, Mr. Martin has served on their Board of Trustees for 30 years and as a deacon for 50 years.
He is also very active in his community, serving on the Board of Directors for South River Electric for over 20 years, as Treasurer of South River Electric Membership Corp., and as a member of the North Carolina Meat Processors, Inc.
Methodist College named him “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000.
Martin has been a faithful supporter of Baptist life and Christian higher education, including Campbell University.