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Hinton retires from Chowan after 20 years of service

By Amanda Bradshaw Sharpe
University Relations

MURFREESBORO – John Hinton, Vice President for Human Resource and member of the senior staff (as well as the former Mayor of Murfreesboro), retired in May from Chowan University after 20 years of loyal service.

Hinton is originally from Portsmouth, VA. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute and went on to serve his country in the United States Army. Following his military service, he attended the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science.

Hinton has since worked in various industries as an undertaker, bluegrass musician, disc-jockey, administrator for Settlers Life Insurance Company, mayor of Murfreesboro (for eight years), and servant leader of Chowan

John Hinton (left) is pictured with the 22nd President of Chowan University and current Chancellor Dr. Chris White.

College/University since 1998. He first served Chowan as Director of Human Resources, then at the request of President White became the Vice President for Enrollment Management and finally the Vice President for Human Resources.

When Dr. and Mrs. M. Christopher White, 22nd President and first lady of Chowan University and current Chancellor, came to Chowan Dr. White asked Hinton to take on the position of Vice President of Enrollment Management. At the time, Chowan did not even have an Admissions Director, explained Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Randy Harrell.

“This was the moment Dr. White knew, beyond a doubt, that no matter how difficult or unreasonable the task, he could count on John to more than fulfill his expectations,” Harrell noted.

Dr. White stated, “We had no money. No time. And no one. I said, ‘You’re it.’” Jokingly, he continued, “He turned pale. But we got through it. And I really appreciate him stepping forward during such a difficult time.”

Twenty years after joining the Chowan team, John Hinton has made a remarkable impact and is prepared for his well-earned retirement. He will remain in the town of Murfreesboro, and continue his involvement in the community.