Twenty Greenville/Pitt County residents to be honored at ECU 2018 Corporate and Leadership Awards Banquet

The East Carolina University Division of Student Affairs will host the fourth annual Corporate and Leadership Awards banquet March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center.

The recipients of the 2018 Class of 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards will be recognized at the banquet. These outstanding alumni under the age of 40 have excelled following graduation from ECU and are now using their experience to make an impact in their respective professions, local communities and the world.

Thirty of the 40 Under 40 recipients call North Carolina home, including ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin and 19 other recipients living in Greenville and Pitt County. The complete list of recipients is below.

ECU alumnus Michael Aho will deliver the keynote address at the banquet. Aho earned his communication degree with a concentration in public relations from ECU in 2002 before going to work in international relations with the federal government. He has been recognized with ECU’s Outstanding Alumni Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award, and was a member of the inaugural class of 40 Under 40 Leadership Award recipients in 2015.

In addition, corporate and community partners who have made significant contributions to ECU and its students, as well as individuals who serve as advocates for student affairs, will be recognized with the Vice Chancellor’s Advocacy Awards, the Outstanding Corporate Partner Award and the Career Services IMPACT Award.

For more information, contact Will Williams, director of student affairs development, at 252-737-4970 or


2018 40 Under 40 Leadership Award Honorees
(Greenville/Pitt County residents are in bold)


Arts & Humanities

Marcus Wayne Conner Jr.

Dr. Jami Rhodes

Bridget Todd


David Campbell

Jeremiah Daniels

Denisha Gayle Harris

Stephanie Lee

Ronald McNeill

Landon Minges

Germar Reed

Chris Rupp

Breyon Williams

Health & Wellness

Ivy Marie Bagley

Dr. Charla Blumell

Dr. Kelly Andrews Cleaton

Taylor Duck Bell

Justin Freeman

Cliff Godwin

Dr. Adam C. Harrell

Dr. Steven Manning

Dr. Kelcy T. Walker

Public Service

Karen Turnage Boyd

Lara C. Brickhouse

Ivey L. Brown Jr.

Jamie E. Cullin

Dr. Matthew T. Fish

Jonathan Franklin

Lt. Col. Jeremy A. Gore

Jessica Holton

Major Charles LeDeatte

Research & Education

Dr. Geleana Drew Alston

Dr. Katrina Ramsey Arnold

Dr. Steven B. Asby

Robert E. Batts

Emily Carter

Kurt John-Charles Garner

Paul S. Russell

Dr. Mary Catherine Turner

Summer Wisdom

Dr. Ashley Michelle Yopp

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ECU News Services
Howard House, 1001 E. Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-6481

Contact: Will Williams, director of development for student affairs,

Telephone: 252-737-4970

Event Date: March 24, 2018