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Monday, September 11, 2017

College of Education dean to serve on state Principal Fellows Commission

Dr. Grant B. Hayes, dean of the East Carolina University College of Education, has been appointed to the North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission, the governing body of the Principal Fellows Program.

Created in 1993 by the General Assembly, the Principal Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship that provides loans to individuals with relevant experience and exceptional academic ability who want to enter education administration in North Carolina public schools. The commission administers the program in collaboration with the State Education Assistance Authority.

Hayes is one of two deans from schools of education in the UNC system appointed by President Margaret Spellings. The commission requires that two deans serve on the 12-member board with the remaining members appointed by state organizations or elected officials.

“I am honored to be appointed to the commission and I look forward to working with the other members to do this important work,” Hayes said.

More than 1,200 fellows have completed the program since its inception. Individuals selected for the Principal Fellows Programs have the opportunity to attend school on a full-time basis and earn a master’s in school administration in two years. The program is offered at 11 UNC system campuses including ECU, and provides one year of full-time academic study and a one-year, full-time internship in a North Carolina public school.

Coffman’s Menswear hires Franklin as new sales associated

Coffman’s Menswear has hired Will Franklin as its newest sales associate.

Franklin, a Greenville native, graduated from J.H Rose High School and East Carolina University before becoming part of the Coffman's team. He said he is passionate about clothing, fit and craftsmanship.

“We are delighted to welcome Will to our store. He is a wonderful addition to our team, and we encourage our client’s to stop in and meet him during this fall shopping season,” said Bill Coffman, vice president at Coffman’s.

“Coffman’s has built their business by continuing to meet the changing needs of their customers in eastern North Carolina for over 60 years,” Franklin said. “I look forward to providing Coffman’s customers, old and new, with the same high level of customer service they’ve always received.”

Zachary named to state Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Linda McGee has appointed Judge Valerie Zachary to the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission. Judge Zachary succeeds Judge Rick Elmore of the Court of Appeals, who served on the commission for nearly 10 years.

“Judge Zachary has served with distinction and I am confident that her extensive experience will serve the Commission and North Carolina well to ensure the proper administration of justice in our courts," said Chief Judge McGee.

Judge Zachary has served on the Court of Appeals since appointed in 2015 and was elected to an eight-year term in 2016. She previously practiced law in Yadkinville for 26 years.

Zachary is a graduate of Harvard Law School in 1987 and worked as a research assistant for constitutional law professor Laurence H. Tribe. After law school, she was a litigation associate with Kennedy, Covington, Lobbell & Hickman prior to joining Zachary Law Offices. Her undergraduate degree is from Michigan State University where she majored in multi-disciplinary programs with concentration in French, economics, and political science.

She is a member of the bar for all North Carolina state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, as well as a bar member for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Tax Court.

Dwyer & Associates hires Blankenship as associate

World Properties International Dwyer & Associates recently introduced its newest associate, Mike Blankenship.

Blankenship has resided in Edgecombe and Nash counties for the past 19 years. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Fairmont State University as well as a master’s degree in sociology at East Carolina University. He received his real estate license and training from J.Y. Monk School of Real Estate in Raleigh.

He has extensive experience as an educator at Edgecombe Community College and also is a certified personal trainer. He is a member of Parkwood Baptist Church and the father of five.

Blankenship enjoys teaching, fitness and cycling. He is energetic, committed to helping others, and loves a challenge. He said he is excited about embarking on a career in real estate and looks forward to building future relationships with buyer/seller clients.