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2016-17 Professional Advisory Board

The Dean's Professional Advisory Board provides an opportunity for alumni and friends to become more involved with the College of Education through their work as advocates, resource finders, and consultants. Board members serve as advisors to the Dean and active participants in furthering the College of Education's goals, supporting its continuing improvement, and ensuring its future success. Both on and off campus, the Board assists the Dean and faculty in promoting a positive image of the college and in establishing good relations with constituent groups at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Board Members:

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Mr. E. Bruce Beasley, III Bruce Beasley served as President of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce for nearly 30 years. During his time leading the Chamber, Mr. Beasley spearheaded efforts to acquire and fund the Chamber’s headquarters, an important building block in the revitalization of downtown Wilson. He recruited the movie Love Field to Wilson, organized efforts to pass a bond issue for Buckhorn Reservoir and construction; and renovation of schools, created the Tourism Development Authority, and served as a catalyst for establishing the Triangle East Home and Garden Show. Mr. Beasley attended East Carolina in 1968 to work on his master’s degree. He also attended Campbell, Barton, and UNC Chapel Hill. Mr. Beasley has a wife and daughter and serves on the Public School Forum.
Charles CobleDr. Coble is co-founder & partner of the Third Mile Group and Teacher Preparation Analytics. He is serving as co-director of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative with APLU in DC. Dr. Coble was V.P. for Policy Studies and Programs at the Education Commission of the States for three years, Professor of Science Education for 23 years and dean of the school of education at East Carolina University, Greenville NC for 13 years. He served for six years as the V.P. of university-school programs for the 16-campus University of North Carolina system where he led the development of the University School Teacher Education Partnerships across the state and organized the UNC Center for School Leadership Development. Coble has directed over $12M in grants and contracts and is the author or co-author of 10 books and over 80 published articles. Dr. Coble holds an AA in Science from Mars Hill College and a Bachelor’s degree in Botany, a Master’s degree in Science Education, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, all from UNC Chapel Hill. He maintains an active North Carolina secondary science teaching license.
Mr. Michael L. Donnell Michael L. Donnell graduated from East Carolina University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Intermediate Education. He taught for four years at South Greenville Elementary before moving to Moore County in North Carolina. He then taught and coached for one year at High Falls Elementary before transferring to West End Elementary. In 1983 he graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Masters Degree in School Administration. Mr. Donnell worked at West End Elementary for twenty-four years as a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, and Principal. He was Teacher of the year in 1982, lead a team of teachers who completed the first North Carolina Teacher Academy in 1994, and graduated from the Moore County Leadership Institute sponsored by the Sandhills Area Chamber of Commerce in 1996. In 2000, he was voted Moore County Schools Principal of the year. After retiring, he worked as a substitute for eight years.
Bonnie GallowayBonnie Taylor Galloway is a two time East Carolina alumna, earning a BS in 1969 and a MAEd in 1972. Bonnie’s husband James Madison Galloway is also an East Carolina graduate (1969). After 24 years as an instructor, Bonnie retired from ECU and Pitt Community College. She is a former member of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors during which time she chaired the Awards and Scholarship Committee. Bonnie is a Centennial Member of ECAA, a member of the ECU Chancellor’s Society and Pirate Club, and a Lifetime member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable. Bonnie is currently serving as chairman of the External Affairs Committee. Outside of the university, Bonnie is a founding member of Women for Women, a member of ReLeaf Inc. and an active member of St. James United Methodist Church. She is an active participant with the Greenville Museum of Art, Carpe Diem Book Club, and the Potpourri Garden Club. Last, but not least, mother of three daughters (two of which are ECU alumni) and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Ella Tyson Harris Ella Tyson Harris graduated from ECU with her Master of Arts in Education in History Education in 1986. She served in several capacities at J.H. Rose High School for almost forty years, including assistant principal for nearly 20 years. She retired from Pitt County Schools in 2009 and the Ella Harris Lecture Hall at J.H. Rose is named in her honor. Mrs. Harris was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame in 2010. Mrs. Harris is active in senior citizen ministry in her church and community programs via Alpha Kappa Alpha. In 2007 she was recognized by the Girl Scout Council of Coastal Carolina at its inaugural Women of Distinction Banquet. Ella joined the Professional Advisory Board in 2013.
Brenda JonesBrenda Kornegay Jones has served as Associate Superintendent of Human Resources for Pitt County (NC) School System. Jones has served as a personnel administrator for the past fourteen years.  In addition, she has worked as a principal, assistant principal, teacher recruiter, mentor, personnel director, and classroom teacher in both public and private settings.  Jones has published in the areas of mathematic instructional techniques, teacher recruitment and retention, and principal development.  In addition, she has presented workshops on the following topics: teacher evaluation, new principal development, teacher performance appraisal, teacher dismissal, personnel employment procedures, assessing high quality professionals, and teacher recruitment strategies.
Sharon RaynorSharon L. Raynor is the President and part owner of LIFE, Inc., a family owned and managed business founded in the late 70’s by Sharon’s parents Tom and Beatrice Lamb. LIFE, Inc. serves persons with intellectual developmental disabilities. LIFE, Inc. has 39 facilities throughout eastern NC. Sharon is an eastern NC girl born and bred. She was raised in Wayne County, NC and graduated in 1980 from East Carolina University with a degree in Special Education. Sharon taught special education in the public schools of NC for 7 years before joining the family business 1988. Sharon resides in Dunn, NC with her husband Rhett Raynor (ECU grad.1978). They have 2 children, Wilson Raynor (ECU grad. 2009) who resides in Greenville and daughter Larkin (will entered ECU in fall 2013) resides at home with her parents. Sharon is an active member of Divine Street United Methodist Church. Serves on the Board of Directors of New Century Bank. She also serves on the East Carolina University College of Education Professional Advisory Board. She is a member of several civic organizations.
Jane B. ReelJane B. Reel graduated from East Carolina with a BS in Elementary Education in 1970 and a MA in Education in 1978. She is originally from Alexandria, VA, but once arriving on the ECU campus, has made Greenville and Pitt County her forever home. She is a retired teacher who spent 30+ years teaching at Falkland Elementary School. Upon her retirement, the school library was named in her honor. She is a Forever Pirate member of the Alumni Association, a Vansant Society member of the Pirate Club, and a lifetime member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable. Jane became a member of the East Carolina University College of Education Professional Advisory Board in 2014. She has a COE scholarship in her name and in 2014 was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame. Outside of the University, Jane is an active participant with the Greenville-Pitt County Senior games and serves on their steering committee. Jane also has a daughter who blessed her with 6 grandchildren including one who is a junior at ECU.
Ray Vaugn SpainRay Vaughn Spain was appointed by the Board of Education in August 2003, Spain has completed his ninth year as superintendent of Warren County Schools (Warrenton, NC). Since arriving in Warren County Dr. Spain has encouraged and supported the district’s efforts to maximize the use of technology to improve teaching and learning. As recently as September 2008, Warren County received a 1.1 million dollar grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide technology tools for classroom teachers throughout the school district. Currently, the school district is involved in high school reform. Within the last six years, it has created two new high schools: Warren New Tech High School and Warren Early College High School. Under the school board's and his leadership they have developed a unique plan to offer parents and students “school choice” in attending one of three high schools. Also, because of a growing concern about gang-like behavior, the school district instituted a K-12 uniform dress policy in the 2008-09 school year which has won overwhelming parental and community support. Dr. Spain is presently the vice chairmen of the College of Education's Professional Advisory Board and chairman of the Board Development Committee. Dr. Spain is presently the chairman of the College of Education's Professional Advisory Board.
William Wayne Staton, Jr.William Wayne Staton, Jr. is from Sanford, NC. He has served as owner/managing member of Staton Group, LLC, a forestry, agricultural, and commercial real estate investment and management firm from 2004 to present. Since 1994 he has been host of “Live at Nine”, a talk/public affairs program on WBFT-TV, Sanford, NC. From 1995 to 2001 Staton worked with Syntel Inc., Information Technology consultant, contracted to American International Group. Also Staton worked part-time as an Instructor of business, economics, and political science at Central Carolina Community College from 1985 to 1995. Staton’s Civic and non-profit activities include serving as board chairman of Communities in Schools of Lee County. He is a member of the East Carolina University College of Education Professional Advisory Board and the Lee County Forestry Association. Staton graduated with his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and has taken graduate courses in economics, business and government at NC State University. Staton’s hobbies and interests include history, media, fitness, travel, and art.

If you are interested in serving on the Professional Advisory Board, please contact the Office of Community Relations and Outreach at 252-737-1257.