Chowan University Trustees select new leadership

Published 5:11 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

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By Zoe Beale

University Relations

MURFREESBORO – Austine Evans and Cecil Hollomon have respectively been selected as the new chair and vice chair of the Chowan University Board of Trustees.

The selections were effective Jan. 1.

As a distinguished alumna of Wake Forest University, Evans brings a wealth of experience and passion to her new role. Having served previously as a Board of Trustees member for both Peace College – now recognized as William Peace University – and Wake Forest University, her wealth of knowledge will create a valuable insight as she takes on this new role at Chowan.

Evans, a 1968 graduate of Wake Forest University, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. She furthered her education by obtaining a master’s degree in counseling, also from Wake Forest. Evans, after completing her two degrees, went on to receive her Certification of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Education from East Carolina University.

Austine Evans

Hailing from Martinsburg, WV, Evans collectively dedicated over three decades to the field of education. She began her career at Peace College in admissions and later served as a high school counselor in Hertford County. Eventually, Evans joined Chowan University as a senior administrator and vice president.

Expressing her enthusiasm for Chowan’s mission to foster student success as a Life Skills University, Evans emphasized the importance of equipping students with the necessary skills to thrive beyond their time at Chowan. Her dedication to empowering students and promoting their achievements aligns perfectly with the university’s vision.

Cecil Hollomon

Hollomon, having been recognized as a distinguished alumni of the university, attended Chowan following in his family’s footsteps to pursue a degree in Business. After graduating with the class of 1968, he obtained a BS and MS and dedicated 38 years of his life as a middle school counselor in the pursuit of empowering students to pursue their own personal and educational goals.

Chowan University has been a resounding echo in Hollomon’s lineage, with generations of his family members finding their future success on Chowan’s campus. With Chowan’s Life Skills core, the emphasis on student success is an indelible focus that requires full support of all involved. Hollomon’s dedication to “investing in the young people” that will create the future workforce is the ideal mindset as we rally to create future-proof skills for our graduates.

In his free time, Hollomon does his best to do his civic duty. He works to keep busy in his community, volunteering in the Powellsville Fire Department to assist in maintaining an organized workplace, and still finding the time to serve in both Powellsville Baptist Church as well as Powellsville Methodist Church. When he is able to find the time to relax, he enjoys maintaining the yard, gardening, and entertaining his family in their family home.