NC Wesleyan Facilitates Transfers from Robeson CC

(NEWS RELEASE) Representatives from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, visited the campus of Robeson Community College on Friday, November 22, at 11:00 a.m. to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.  Robeson President Dr. Pamela Hilbert and Vice President Dr. Mark Kinlaw met with North Carolina Wesleyan President Jim Gray, Provost Dr. Michael Brown, Vice President Dr. Evan Duff, and Director Katie Farrell in the Robeson Community College Health Science Building Conference Room where Presidents Hilbert and Gray signed the agreement.

Seated (left to right): NC Wesleyan College President James Gray and Robeson CC President Dr. Pamela Hilbert; standing (left to right): RCC Assistant Vice President William Locklear, NCWC Director Katie Farrell, NCWC Vice President of Adult Education Dr. Evan Duff, RCC Vice President Dr. Mark Kinlaw, and NCWC Provost Dr. Michael Brown

The memorandum, which will provide options for Robeson Community College students who might wish to transfer to North Carolina Wesleyan, offers assurances that courses taken at Robeson Community College in the areas of Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science will transfer to comparable programs at North Carolina Wesleyan for students desiring to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree.

Gray stated, “We are delighted to be in partnership with Robeson Community College because it will greatly benefit our two schools’ students. It really is all about the educational opportunities we can give our students and graduates, and this is a welcome step forward.”

North Carolina Wesleyan, a four-year coeducational liberal arts college with a traditional enrollment of about 650 students on its Rocky Mount campus, also serves another 900 students in its adult education programs and has similar agreements with Cape Fear, Brunswick and Southeastern Community Colleges in southeastern North Carolina as well as several others in the central and northeastern part of the state.

Officials at both colleges see this opportunity as a win-win situation for both schools and their respective students. The opportunity to pursue a four-year degree upon completion of an Associate’s degree will be attractive to Robeson Community College students; North Carolina Wesleyan has the opportunity to grow its enrollment with a pool of students who have proven that they have the academic skills to succeed in an institution of higher education.

Dr. Evan Duff, Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies at North Carolina Wesleyan, said, “Partnerships and articulation agreements are an important and necessary element in higher education.  North Carolina Wesleyan College strives to provide access to a bachelor’s degree to as many NC community college graduates as possible.  Establishing these effective and seamless transfer opportunities to the graduates of Robeson Community College brings life to our school’s mission in regards to lifelong learning.  Adult students will have access to several degree programs in Whiteville at Southeastern Community College and students who want a more traditional path can join our main campus in Rocky Mount. ASPIRE classes are offered in an accelerated 8-week, one-night-a week format, and we also offer many classes online.”

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NC Wesleyan expand Community College Partnerships

(NEWS RELEASE) An agreement between Brunswick Community College (BCC) and North Carolina Wesleyan College now makes it possible for students who complete a BCC associates degree to transfer seamlessly into Wesleyan’s Traditional or ASPIRE Adult Degree Program to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

NCWC President Jim Gray, Provost & Senior VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Brown; BCC’s Dr. Sharon Thompson and President Susanne Adams approved the new academic agreement.

Administrators of the two colleges signed a Memorandum of Understanding on September 26 that allows Wesleyan to offer a number of courses on the BCC campus, in addition to online courses.  BCC associates degree graduates who are at least 22 years old with a GPA of 2.0 will be automatically accepted to work toward a bachelor’s degree through NC Wesleyan.

Brunswick Community College’s main campus is located in Bolivia, NC, with branch locations in Leland and at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

BCC President Susanne Adams said BCC students are eager to continue their education and that she welcomes the new opportunity that Wesleyan will provide. “Working with our college partner to serve this rural region has been delightful,” she said.

Dr. Sharon Thompson, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at BCC, said she expects the program to be available to BCC students as early as the 2014 fall semester. “We have a good plan in place administratively to help transfer and support the needs of students at Brunswick Community College,” she said.

Wesleyan President Jim Gray said the agreement opens the door for North Carolina Wesleyan to have a real impact in Brunswick County. “We have outstanding programs to support this initiative,” he said. “I am looking forward to a productive relationship.”

Wesleyan’s Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies, Dr. Evan Duff, added, “These relationships are important to the geographically bound working adults in this area who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Now they have access to do just that right here at Brunswick Community College.”

An Admissions and Advising Coordinator will be on the BCC campus to assist previous and future BCC graduates. For additional information, contact Katie Farrell ( at 910-520-6786

NC Wesleyan offers Discount for Active Duty Military, Vets

ncwesleyansports(NEWS RELEASE) Victory Media announced today that it has named North Carolina Wesleyan College a Military Friendly School for 2014. Wesleyan followed that recognition with an additional salute to the military—a 10 percent tuition discount.

The college announced today that it will provide a 10 percent discount to students who are veterans or who are serving on active military duty in any of the branches of service, including the U.S. Coast Guard. The discount will apply to tuition for traditional students, beginning with the spring semester, and for adult students in the college’s ASPIRE program, starting with Fall B classes, which begin in October.

Victory Media’s “military friendly” designation places Wesleyan in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans, and spouses in order to ensure their success on campus. The selection process was based on a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide and was certified independently by Ernst and Young. Criteria for the designation were developed with the assistance of an advisory board made up of educators from colleges across the country.

“Wesleyan has an active and growing ROTC program, which is one of the criteria for being named military friendly,” said Wesleyan President Jim Gray. “Our program has grown significantly, from three ROTC cadets two years ago to about 40 today. I believe that number will continue to increase. We now have a total of 105 students receiving VA benefits. Other reasons that Wesleyan was recognized included our academic quality, support from our counselors and staff, and our flexibility in scheduling classes. Our military science students contribute to the campus and community in many ways, and we are proud to support them in return.”

Rich McCormack, president of Victory Media, said in a prepared statement, “Competition for the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was fierce. As a result, we raised the already stringent criteria to a higher benchmark. Wesleyan is among the elite competing for military students.”

Victory Media is a veteran-owned business that publishes G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Wesleyan offers students a program in Military Science (ROTC–Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) that combines college courses with summer training sessions to prepare students who show potential to serve as commissioned officers in the Army, Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. U.S. Army Major Christian Drew heads Wesleyan’s Army ROTC program. He is an Iraq war veteran and instructor of military science and tactics who earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his efforts in engaging snipers in 2006. The number of students involved in ROTC at Wesleyan has increased significantly under his leadership.

Enrollment in ROTC is open to all Wesleyan students, including those at the community colleges that participate in a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with Wesleyan.

Major Drew can be reached at 252-985-5340 or

NC Wesleyan establishes Partnership with College of the Albemarle

ncwesleyansports(NEWS RELEASE) College of The Albemarle (COA) and North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) have entered into a partnership that will assist regional associate degree graduates in achieving their Bachelor of Science degrees.

On July 30th, COA President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer and NCWC President James Gray III signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two colleges which outlines the agreement for Wesleyan to begin offering classes at COA. The partnership with NC Wesleyan brings a highly respected four year business degree to the College of The Albemarle’s Dare County campus. Students will have the opportunity to remain local to the Outer Banks yet continue their studies beyond a two-year degree.

“COA is excited about the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding with NC Wesleyan College,” said Dr. Deitemeyer. “This is an exceptional opportunity for our students to seamlessly transition from the community college directly to the university level in the Business Administration Program. With a university representative located at our Dare County Campus, COA students will receive guidance and assistance which will ensure their success.”

Wesleyan will be offering their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree as well as their Bachelor of Science in Organizational Administration degree on the Dare County campus starting in January 2014. The classes run one night per week from 6 pm-10 pm for eight weeks. Students will have the option to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. The main difference between these two degrees is that Business Administration focuses on major business practices giving students exposure to accounting, economics, finance, and management. Organizational Administration focuses more broadly on the human relations functions of business with coursework in social psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, sociology of the workplace, as well as management and political science courses.

“NC Wesleyan College is excited to partner with College of The Albemarle to reach the working adults in northeastern North Carolina to help them earn their bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Evan Duff, NCWC Vice President of Adult and Professional Studies. “These working adults are typically geographically bound, and providing access to a bachelor’s degree on the campus where they earned their associates degree is essential.”

An Admissions and Advising Coordinator will be on the campus of COA full-time to assist previous COA graduates and soon-to-be COA graduates. The advisor will be in place by late September in office 108 (A) at the Dare County campus. Students can start their applications now at

Wesleyan Tops Graduate ROI in Eastern NC

Rocky Mount-based North Carolina Wesleyan College scored the highest return on investment (ROI) for its bachelor’s degree recipients of all higher education institutions in Eastern North Carolina, finishing 4th statewide according to a study released recently by Affordable Colleges Online.

“When students select a college, one major concern usually is the cost of tuition compared with the likelihood of financial success after graduation,” said Bill Allen, Wesleyan’s vice president of enrollment management.  “I think Wesleyan’s ranking in this study shows the true value of the North Carolina Wesleyan experience, which empowers our students to do great things.”

The study compared the cost of student tuition and fees with lifetime graduate earnings. Study data was provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Foundation, and

“We are delighted to get this recognition, having worked hard to deliver top-quality teaching while holding down our tuition and fees as much as possible,” said North Carolina Wesleyan President, Jim Gray. “It is rare that we get ranked on par with or ahead of the larger schools in our state, so we’re honored.”

According to the study, available by clicking here, a North Carolina Wesleyan graduate was projected to achieve a lifetime return on investment of $659,200 in additional earnings compared to a non-degree holder. This is slightly better than for graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill ($652,200).

The top three schools, Duke ($1,146,000), Wake Forest ($904,100) and North Carolina State ($832,600), are known for their business and applied and research science programs. North Carolina Wesleyan performed best amongst those North Carolina institutions known predominantly as “liberal arts” schools, including High Point University, Davidson, College, Elon University, Guilford College, Barton College and UNC-Asheville.


North Carolina Wesleyan adding Marching Band

(NEWS RELEASE) North Carolina Wesleyan College is marching toward the day when its first college band will play at football games and other events. The college has hired Tony Sawyer, an accomplished band director and musician, to lead Wesleyan’s effort to organize a college marching band. He will assume his duties August 1.

“Tony Sawyer brings an impressive background to our community,” said Bill Allen, Wesleyan’s vice president of enrollment management. “For the last 10 years he has worked at Elon University as director of bands. He directed their marching band, basketball pep band and a wind ensemble. He is a percussionist and has impressive experience combining music and technology.”

Sawyer also has directed bands at the State University of West Georgia and taught percussion at Clayton State University. His extensive musical experience ranges from teaching private percussion lessons to performing with orchestras and bands all over the United States, including the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Rialto Symphony Orchestra and more.

His education includes a bachelor’s degree in music education, cum laude, from Kennesaw State University and a master’s in percussion performance from Northern Arizona University.

The addition of a band will complement other music activities that Wesleyan offers. These include The Wesleyan Singers, which is a choral ensemble open to all students with an interest in vocal performance, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, which performs at college and community events.

NC Wesleyan hosts Students from China

(NEWS RELEASE) With colorful jackets, backpacks, and the ever-present smart phones snapping pictures, the group of 14 students climbing out of a large white van appeared to be just like any other tour group that had come to visit North Carolina Wesleyan College. However, this particular group had traveled all the way from the Beijing area of China to explore the campus in Rocky Mount as they consider future plans to attend college in the United States.

On a recent Monday afternoon, President James Gray met the group at the college Welcome Center as they began a full schedule of activities that included a campus tour, classroom visits, interacting with current students, a basketball clinic, and dinner in the college cafeteria. The group included middle and high school students, as well as their adult chaperones.

The visit was coordinated by the Global Classroom Alliance (GCA) and NC Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU) as part of an effort to build international relationships between educators and create learning opportunities for students. “We are really trying to link Chinese universities and North Carolina universities, as well as Chinese high schools and high schools here,” said Shijun Naour, GCA director of development. “Our goal is to provide a channel or bridge between the two countries.”

Wesleyan Vice President for Enrollment Bill Allen said, “I think it is important to build a global community here at Wesleyan for our students.” Although approximately 50 international students are attending the college, none are from China. Allen said, “This visit was a unique opportunity. It is great that these students were here, because it gave them an opportunity to understand what the American education system can offer that is different from what they are experiencing in China.”

The relationship between Chinese schools and NC Wesleyan began last October when President James Gray and Allen were invited to join a group of 15 educators and elected officials on a 10-day visit to China arranged by GCA and NCICU. Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs, Edgecombe Community College President Deborah Lamm, and NC Representative Joe Tolson were also part of the group.

The trip was organized to bring international learning, cultural exchanges, and business and agricultural opportunities to North Carolina and four cities in China.
The relationships between the Chinese and Wesleyan began to develop immediately. Just a few weeks after the American group returned, a delegation of administrators from Lishui University arrived for a campus tour. They visited classrooms and dorms and met with NCWC officials to consider a student exchange program or other possibilities for partnerships. These discussions are continuing.

“We are looking forward to developing a solid program and welcoming students from China,” Allen said. “In China, they will be in college classrooms with a large number of students on a huge campus. Our classes are small, personal, and supportive. I know they will have a good educational experience here.”

Naour said, “When the students come to Wesleyan, I feel like they get extra attention and the staff and faculty make them feel welcome.” After visiting the campus, 16-year-old Zheng Zhi agreed, “Every person here at Wesleyan is very welcoming and kind. Here we can talk and interact with the teacher more. A lot of Chinese students want to come to America because of the freedom here. I am interested in coming to an American college, but right now I don’t have enough money. If I did have the money, I definitely would.”

NC Wesleyan, Pitt CC establish Partnership


Today, at a ceremony on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, the four-year higher education entered into a new educational partnership program for aspiring students seeking associate degrees in eastern North Carolina.

The agreement will enable students at Pitt Community College to attend Wesleyan courses tied to their criminal justice and business administration programs, both online and at Pitt’s campus.

The agreement also includes an automatic acceptance provision for select Pitt CC students planning to attend North Carolina Wesleyan, along with guidelines for guaranteed transfer of coursework.

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RocktheMount Welcomes NC Wesleyan Students August 20th

North Carolina Wesleyan College will host their “RocktheMount” welcoming event for new students on Monday, August 20th, from 11am to 2pm on the NC Wesleyan campus in Rocky Mount.

We are so excited about the year and all the new and returning students who will soon be on North Carolina Wesleyan’s campus.  Every year we welcome our students to campus and herald the “Bishop Pride”.

NC Wesleyan encourages local businesses and organizations to participate with booths and activities in order to provide new and returning students with information on everything Rocky Mount has to offer.

Participation in RocktheMount will allow you to share with our students, staff, and faculty what goods or services you provide to the community.  We will schedule a time for drawings; giveaways are encouraged but not required.

Up to 40 businesses and organizations can sign up, and the cost is $25 each. The deadline for registration is Monday, August 13th.

Click Here to Register your Business or Organizations for “RocktheMount”