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Elizabeth City State University

National Alumni Association


Message from the President

Dear ECSU Alumni,

On behalf of the Elizabeth City State University National Alumni Association, it is my honor to extend a heartfelt welcome to all of you attending the 52nd NAA Convention hosted by the Elizabeth City Area Alumni Chapter!

This convention is a momentous occasion where we come together to celebrate our shared history, cherished memories, and the lasting impact of our beloved alma mater. It's a time to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and strengthen the bonds that make our alumni community truly exceptional.

Throughout the convention, we have a diverse range of exciting events, insightful discussions, and engaging activities planned for you. We aim to empower you with knowledge, inspire personal and professional growth, and foster a spirit of unity and pride.

As we gather in the beautiful city that holds a special place in our hearts, The Harbor of Hospitality, let's take a moment to reflect on the tremendous achievements and advancements that our alma mater has made. Together, we continue to shape the legacy of Elizabeth City State University, both as individuals and as a collective force.

I encourage you to embrace this convention as an opportunity to network, share experiences, and learn from one another. The power of our collective wisdom and the wealth of expertise within our alumni community is immeasurable. By engaging in meaningful discussions and collaborations, we can drive positive change and create a brighter future for our alma mater.

To the Elizabeth City Area Alumni Chapter, thank you for hosting this remarkable event and for your tireless dedication to organizing a convention that showcases the very best of our alumni community. Your efforts are truly appreciated, and I have no doubt that this convention will be a resounding success.

Once again, I extend a warm welcome to all of you joining us for the 52nd NAA Convention. Let us come together, celebrate our achievements, and forge new paths towards a future filled with success, unity, and a shared commitment to the continued growth and prosperity of Elizabeth City State University.

With Viking Pride,

James W. Cherry, II Elizabeth City State University - National Alumni Association

Office of Alumni Relations

Marion D. Thorpe Administration Bldg.




Membership in the ECSU National Alumni Association is an easy way to show your Viking pride. Through your active membership, we will be a stronger organization, which will allow us to provide unwavering support to ECSU and its students far into the future.

We encourage you to get involved and stay connected  by sharing the elite status of membership with other members of our alumni community. Pay your annual dues or purchase your life membership online today.

(Annual Membership Year: January 1 – December 31)


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53rd Elizabeth City State University

National Alumni Association, Inc. Convention




Portsmouth, Virginia

July 11 - 13, 2024

Host Hotel: Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel

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Additional NAA Information


Atlanta Metro
Trequita Overton
John H. Bias
Matthew Coates
William T. Bowser, Sr.
Dr. Edward Newsome, Jr
A.P. Lester
William Johnson
Bertie County
Linda Peele
Elizabeth City
Arlinda Halfacre
Eva J. Lewis
Mary Cates
Charles Moore
Greater Charlotte Chapter
Shalon Hawkins Sharpe
Greater Triad
Glasher S. Robinson
J.T. Doles

Mark A. Barfield

Maxine Cooper
Cherelle James
Lee Stephenson
Rosa B. Riddick
Robert E. Williams, Sr.
Kelvin Turnage
Washington County
Rodrigo Hyman
Harris McIntyre
New York/Long Island
Wylia Slade-Chestnut
Robert E. Harvey Tri-State
Mikel Brabham
Dr. Herman G. Cooke
James Cherry, II
E.A. Johnson
James Spence
Margaret M. Jones
Darnley Archer
Gloria Burke
Virginia Beach
Ethel Ferebee Cox
Washington, DC Metro
Teresa Turnage-Oliver

NAA Leadership

Trequita Overton ’99
(Jan. 1, 2021-Dec. 31, 2023)
James Cherry, II ’96
(Jan. 1, 2022-Dec. 31, 2024)
Abdul Sm Rasheed ’71
Immediate Past President
Ex Officio – Non-Voting
(Jan. 1, 2022- Dec. 31, 2024)
Dr. Karrie G. Dixon
Chancellor, Ex Officio – Voting
Keith O. Richardson ’03
(Jan. 1, 2022-Dec. 31, 2024)
Barbaina Houston-Black ’80 – Chair
(Jan. 1, 2022-Dec. 31, 2024)
Timothy Rodgers ’83 – Vice Chair
(Jan. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2023)
Cherelle James ’99
(Jan. 1, 2023-Dec. 31, 2025)
Shalon Hawkins Sharpe ’99
(Jan. 1, 2023-Dec. 31, 2025)
Maryella Ward Leigh ’67
(Jan. 1, 2019-Dec. 31, 2023)
Barbara B. Sutton ’74
(Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2024)
Dr. Edward Newsome, Jr. ’73
(Jan. 1, 2023-Dec. 31, 2025)

James Cherry, II '96
Recording Secretary
Melvin Norman, '77
First Vice President
Dr. Sandra S. Newsome, '70
Corresponding Secretary
Courtnay Jordan, '05
Second Vice President
Michael N. Johnson, '96
James Spence, ‘73
Sharonne Sawyer-Sutton, ‘02

Financial Secretary