Incredible ECU  Women

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In 2007, the Women's Roundtable honored 100 alumnae recognized by their peers as outstanding leaders in their respective fields at an event called A Legacy of Leadership: 100 Incredible ECU Women. In 2010, six more women were added to this list of outstanding women. These amazing women are listed alphabetically below.

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Carol M. Mabe
As a leading strategic marketing consultant, Carol M. Mabe has helped build some of the world’s most recognized brands including Hanes, L’eggs, Victoria’s Secret, Lee, Wrangler, and Russell Athletic. In 1999, she joined Russell Corporation as president of retail for Russell Athletic. In 2000, she was promoted to president and COO of Russell Athletic and elected a corporate vice president. The next year, she was named president and CEO Russell Athletic. Before joining Russell, she had extensive experience in marketing. Mabe joined the ECU Board of Trustees in July 2007.

Willie Marlowe

Willie Marlowe
Willie Marlowe, artist and Professor Emerita at Sage College of Albany, retired as Professor of Visual Arts at Sage. She sustained dual careers in teaching and art while at the college. A painter, Marlowe has had numerous exhibitions, including solo shows in Ireland, Italy and Germany as well as in New York City, DC, Boston, Sacramento, Charlotte, and Raleigh. She is a member of the Women’s Caucus for Art, organizing a panel discussion on Curating for their national conference in New York City. She is also a member of the National Organization of Women in the Arts, participating in many of their group exhibitions.


Catherine S. Marx
Catherine S. Marx is a studio musician who has performed on two Grammy Award winning albums, including a duet with Alison Krauss and James Taylor. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, recorded and toured with Merle Haggard, and toured with Olivia Newton-John. By being able to make a living doing what she loves, she has met and performed with accomplished musicians all over the country.


Marian N. McLawhorn
Marian N. McLawhorn is the North Carolina House Representative from House District 9, recently serving two terms as the Democratic Whip of the House. Representative McLawhorn has been honored with the Democratic Women of North Carolina “Star” Award. She serves on the Education Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and on the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Government Education Committee. She has been the mayor of Grifton and a town commissioner. In 2004, she was inducted into the ECU Educators Hall of Fame.


Linda E. McMahon
Linda E. McMahon, CEO and co-founder of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., oversees an integrated media company that is distributed globally via broadcast, syndication and cable affiliates, publications, and the Internet. She guides global strategic direction and oversees day-to-day business operations and the development of technical and administrative functions. McMahon negotiated the first licensing deal in the wrestling industry, and was named one of Multichannel News’s Wonder Woman award recipients recognizing her accomplishments with WWE and as a leader in the cable television industry.


Lyda T. Mihalyi
For two of Lyda T. Mihalyi’s eight years on the ECU Board of Trustees, she chaired the athletic committee. For two of her years on the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors, she served as president. Mihalyi is a recipient of the ECU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. She is currently active on the Autism Society of North Carolina Board of Directors as well as being a parent mentor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Division of TEACCH, a project that helps families whose children have been recently diagnosed with autism. A former art educator, she owned Artfully Yours, which sold handpainted and personalized gifts for six years, before starting a family.


Wendy A. Miller
Wendy A. Miller is the director of human resource services for the Craven County Schools. Highlights of her career include being named the North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Wal Mart Teacher of the Year, Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year, and being inducted into the ECU Educators Hall of Fame. In addition, she contributed to Best Teaching Practices for Reaching All Learners and was featured on the TV special Heroes in the Classroom.


Katie O. Morgan
Katie O. Morgan was a member of the East Carolina University Board of Trustees for four years. She has helped organize North Carolina for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, serving on the state and national boards, and in the process, earning the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in North Carolina. She was a member of the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Child Abuse, and the President’s Committee for Handicapped Persons in Washington, D.C. Morgan also served on the National Special Olympics Committee. She was active in North Carolina Democratic politics, frequently campaigning for her husband, Robert Morgan, when he ran for state senator, North Carolina attorney general, and United States senator.


Catherine T. Morsell
Catherine T. Morsell is the executive director of the International Textile Market Association, which sponsors the largest textile trade show in the Western Hemisphere and is third in the world for textile trades. She is responsible for two textile trade shows a year where furniture manufacturers, representatives from Vera Bradley, costume designers from Disney, and even yacht manufacturers come to see textiles, leathers, and trimming for furnishings. Morsell was recruited from Covington Fabrics to lead this nonprofit business association composed of textile members, leather tanneries, and trimming manufacturers. She received the 2004 Outstanding Alumni Award from the ECU Department of Interior Design and Merchandising..

Angela Moss

Angela Moss
Angela Moss is Director, Public Investments for the University of North Carolina Management Company in Chapel Hill where she helps to manage a $3.6 billion portfolio. Her clients are UNC-Chapel Hill and most other universities in the UNC system (including a small allocation from ECU). She travels the world—China, Hong Kong, India, Brazil, Peru, London—working on a wide range of investments. During her seven years at the company, its asset base has grown from $1.5 billion to $3.6 billion. These endowment and foundation pools are used to support professorships, scholarships, and other related causes. As a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, Moss is leading an effort to establish a local chapter. She is the current Chair of the ECU Alumni Association Board and Vice Chair of the ECU Board of Visitors.


Maureen J. O'Boyle
Maureen J. O'Boyle began her broadcasting career at the college radio station WZBM. She began her television career writing, producing, and anchoring morning news breaks at the NBC affiliate in Washington, North Carolina. After two years in Spokane, Washington, she was off to New York to become weekend anchor and reporter for A Current Affair. In three years, she was named anchor when Maury Povich moved to daytime talk. In 1994, she left for the west coast and became a daytime talk show host and then the main anchor for the entertainment news magazine show Extra. O’Boyle is now back to her roots as an anchor at WBTV in Charlotte, raising her daughter Keegan and enjoying family and friends.


Margaret R. O'Connor
Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret R. O’Connor, director of news design for The New York Times, has spent the last 23 years of her career working as a visual journalist for the Times. She has been a section art director, deputy design director, director of photography, and acting design director/photo director for the International Herald Tribune (a New York Times company). Her current position combines her skills as a designer, photo editor, teacher, and manager. She was photography director of the Times on September 11, 2001. She and her staff won two Pulitzer prizes for Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography for their coverage of that day and the months that followed.


Michelle Orsi
Michelle Orsi established Three.Sixty Communications, a boutique public relations agency specializing in the entertainment, new media, and creative industries. It is dedicated to delivering top-quality service with a personalized approach. A former Fox Family Worldwide executive with 15 years of entertainment, consumer products, and marketing experience, she played an integral role in building global awareness of the company’s channels and renowned kids’ brands such as Power Rangers, Spider Man, Hulk, Scholastic’s hit Goosebumps series, and Casper.


Wendy L. Perry
Wendy L. Perry is now an outdoor living consultant, designing outdoor kitchens and living spaces for her company Living-Inside Out. But most of all, she is an entrepreneur, having founded several successful businesses. She has owned a gift basket shop, a bridal shop, and a catering company that grew to include wedding and event planning. In 1998, she began a personal chef business, Angel In Your Kitchen, and then, with a partner from Texas, created Personal Chef Network, an international professional organization that teaches how to start a personal chef business and provides multiple means of ongoing support to participants. She then began Wendy’s HOME EConomics Cooking School prior to her most current venture.


Jeanne Piland
Jeanne Piland, mezzo-soprano, began her operatic career at the New York City Opera before moving to Germany in 1977 to sing at the opera in Duesseldorf. There she received the rare title of Kammersaengerin for extraordinary achievement. Her international success with Mozart and Strauss roles brought her to most of the major opera houses in Europe including London, Milan, Paris, Vienna, Munich, and Hamburg, as well as those in the United States. In the last years she has enjoyed a tremendous career as an interpreter of the French and Wagner heroines, and has sung the world premiere of two operas that were composed especially for her. She is currently a professor at the conservatory in Duesseldorf.


Jean H. Preston
Jean H. Preston is a North Carolina state senator. Prior to serving in the Senate, she was elected to serve seven terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives. She was chosen Legislator of the Year by Gifted and Talented, Vocational Education, North Carolina Covenant for Children, and North Carolina Community College Faculty. Before her retirement as an educator, she was a program administrator for children with special needs, school principal, and listed in Personalities of the South and Special Educators of America.


Emily Procter
For the past seven seasons, Emily Procter has helped make CSI: Miami a top ten staple for CBS with in her role as Detective Calleigh Duquesne. Audiences also know Procter as attorney Ainsley Hayes whom she portrayed on the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning The West Wing for two seasons. After graduation from ECU, she moved to Los Angeles and earned roles in Leaving Las Vegas and Jerry Maguire. She landed her first starring role in the critically acclaimed HBO telefilm Breast Men opposite Chris Cooper and David Schwimmer, with whom she later worked on Friends. She has since starred opposite Martin Lawrence in Fox's blockbuster sequel to the comedy Big Momma's House.


Dr. Dorothy G. Pruitt
Dr. Dorothy G. Pruitt, retired principal and educational consultant, was the first woman elected to the Granville County Board of Education, serving as vice-chair and chair. She was principal of the C.G. Credle Elementary School when it was recognized as a National School of Excellence. She accepted a model school award from President George H.W. Bush, one of two public schools in the state to be recognized that year. Other honors include a two-time winner of the Granville County Wachovia Principal of the Year, the National Association of Elementary School Principals Award for Excellence, the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, and the Granville County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Award for Education/Community Service.