An Evening with Brooke Simpson (from NBC The Voice)

Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 8pm

From recording her first song at the age of 2 years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. This past winter she received a four chair turn on The Voice, with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week, and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season. A night not to be missed!


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Wesleyan Names New Athletic Director

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – NC Wesleyan College announced today that Aaron Denton will take the helm of the NCWC Athletic program. Denton has spent the last 10 years as the Athletic Director for Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst. He is set to take over May 15, replacing Wesleyan long-time director John Thompson, who announced he was stepping down February 8 after 20 years as AD.

“I am excited to begin my work with student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, and the entire Wesleyan community. The college’s recent record growth provides both enthusiasm and opportunity,” noted Denton, “It is an honor to join those efforts to serve and lead a committed group of staff and students. Together we can achieve academic and athletic excellence while providing the best experience for our student athletes.”

Denton arrived in Pinehurst in 2008 to serve as Sandhill’s first Athletic Director.  Under his leadership, the school started the athletic program with men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s golf. Over the next ten years, Denton added five more sports, including women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, and track and field. During his tenure, Sandhills won two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships as well as numerous regional and national student-athlete and coaches’ awards.

“Wesleyan has a history of great ADs with Moe Bauer, Don Scalf, John McCarthy, Mike Fox, and John Thompson. As a former college athlete, coach, professor and director, Aaron should fall in line as the next great, said Wesleyan President Dewey Clark, “He understands that academic success and athletic success go hand in hand.  I believe he will take Wesleyan’s athletic programs to the next level.”

Denton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in management at Guilford College where he played varsity basketball, football and lacrosse. Upon graduation, he remained with Guilford as assistant football and basketball coach before moving across town as assistant men’s basketball coach at UNC-Greensboro. While there, Denton earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration.  He later had coaching stints at Southern Guilford High School (Head Coach), Miami-Dade College (Assistant) and Louisburg College (Head) prior to joining Sandhills.

Wesleyan is a member of NCAA Division III and USA South Athletic Conference. As Director of Athletics, Denton will oversee a comprehensive program that includes 14 varsity teams: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball.

Wesleyan has a long and rich history of athletic success, including two national championships in baseball, numerous conference championships, more than 70 All-Americans and complete dominance in men’s tennis, having won the USA conference and the conference tournament the last nine consecutive years.

More than half of the students on campus participate in sports at Wesleyan, where athletics play an important role in a well-rounded liberal arts education. “Wesleyan has a tremendous reputation not only on the court or field but in the classroom, Denton noted. “I look forward to helping continue that tradition that Coach Thompson fostered during his tenure.”

Last season 136 Wesleyan athletes earned USA South All Academic honors; the women’s soccer and volleyball teams have won national team academic awards, and a number of athletes have won Academic All-Region awards.

Denton and his wife, Ami, along with their two children, will relocate to Rocky Mount.

Professor’s Work with Exceptional Students Gains Statewide Recognition

Left to Right: Professor Patricia Brewer and Zach Holliday

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA— Each year, the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NC-CEC) awards mini-grants to learning programs for students with disabilities and celebrates the achievements of children and youth in these programs. This year, Patricia Brewer, Professor and Coordinator of Special Education at NC Wesleyan College, is a 2018 grant recipient and previous student of the program, Zach Holliday, is a 2018 Yes I Can! Award winner.

NC-CEC sponsors $500 grant(s) for the purpose of rewarding members who have innovative ideas to better meet the needs of students with disabilities. Students Helping Students After-School Program, is a service learning project within Teacher Education that provides after school services to K-12 children with learning differences in Nash-Rocky Mount schools. The program is designed so education students provide individualized instruction in math and reading. Additionally, the program provides parent advocacy training. Dr. Patricia Brewer facilitates this part of the program for parents of the K-12 children.

Dr. Brewer states, “Students Helping Students After-School Program is a clinical extension of education classes. It not only provides pre-service students an opportunity to have real-life experiences working with exceptional children; it also comes with an overwhelming sense of reward. Those rewards are received every day and even more so when students such as Zach are recognized for their accomplishments.”

Zach Holliday, a previous student of the program, is one of this year’s Yes I Can! Award winners. The Yes I Can! International Awards Program was established in 1981 to celebrate the achievements of children and youth with disabilities; to encourage them to seek their highest potential; and to increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations and personal qualities of people with disabilities. Each year children and youth with disabilities are recognized for their accomplishments through the Yes I Can! Awards Program.

To learn more about the Council for Exceptional Children, visit

NCWC President Named New 2018 Rocky Mount Chamber Chairman

Left to Right: David Farris, David Fountain, Dr. Dewey G. Clark, and Marty Nealey

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce announced Dr. Dewey Clark as Chairman during their 114th annual meeting. Dr. Clark is a native of Zebulon, NC and has been President of North Carolina Wesleyan College since May 2014. He previously was the Executive Director of Strategic Planning for MBM Corporation.

The annual meeting took place at Nash Community College’s Brown Auditorium with more than 400 people in attendance. The meeting began with keynote speaker, David Fountain, North Carolina President of Duke Energy and Chairman of the NC Chamber of Commerce. Following the keynote, the Chamber recognized Helen Laughery as Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Debra Holmes as Ambassador of the Year, Ken Hunter as Volunteer of the Year and Dr. Monique Brown received the President’s Award. Before closing, former chairman of the Rocky Mount Chamber, Marty Nealey, passed the chairman’s gavel to Dr. Clark.

Clark accepted the honor stating, “2018 is going to be one of the best years in the history of our city. We have everything in place to make that happen. With the Downtown Event Center, Rocky Mount Mills, CSX, Triangle Tire, Pfizer, Cummins, Wesleyan College and everything else that is going on… we have a very exciting year ahead of us.”

The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization with over 700 business members in the surrounding areas, serving as the leading business advocate for sustaining and promoting economic prosperity in the region. The Chamber exists to foster economic growth and to advance the commercial, industrial, and civic well-being of the region though a strong, expanding business base.



NC Wesleyan Providing Pathway for Transfers

Left to Right: NC Wesleyan Director of Transfer Admissions, Dr. Angela Mason Foster with transfer student, Qa’lexus Taylor.

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – Phi Theta Kappa has named North Carolina Wesleyan College to its 2018 Transfer Honor Roll. The honor roll identifies top four-year colleges and universities that are creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. This is the college’s second consecutive year to receive such acknowledgement.

Open to all regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll recognizes excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development. Wesleyan is one of two NC schools, and the only private college, to earn this top distinction. Appalachian State was also recognized.

“Being part of the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll is a great privilege,” said Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. “Transfer students make up an important growing sector of our student population. Our admissions team works closely with transfer students to develop a plan that is customizable to their daily needs and provides them an affordable way to complete their bachelor’s degree.”

Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said the recognition program reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of community college transfers and promoting and sharing best practices for transfer success.

Transfer Honor Roll colleges will be recognized at PTK Catalyst 2018, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, April 19-21, 2018. Learn more about North Carolina Wesleyan College Transfer Program at and visit to see the full list of colleges who received this recognition.

NCWC Named “Military Friendly” Again in 2018

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINAFor the fifth consecutive year, North Carolina Wesleyan College has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. This year, the college was awarded the Bronze Designation. Bronze Award winners have programs that scored within 40 percent of the 10th-ranked institution within a given category.

“At Wesleyan, we are committed to serving our active military, veterans, and their families,” commented President Dewey Clark, “We want to do our part in helping make college affordable and attainable.”

Wesleyan offers a 10% discount on tuition to all active duty military students, veterans and their spouses.”

Victory Media’s “military friendly” designation places Wesleyan in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are embracing military service members, veterans and spouses to ensure their success on campus. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. More than 1,300 schools participated in the 2017-2018 survey with 849 earning the designation. Victory Media’s Chief Product Officer Daniel Nichols stated, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to colleges creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to invest in programs to provide educational outcomes that are better for veterans.”

Wesleyan offers students a program in Military Science (ROTC–Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) that combines college courses with summer training sessions to prepare students who show potential to serve as commissioned officers in the Army, Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, James Mercer heads Wesleyan’s Army ROTC program. He is a 25-year highly decorated Army veteran and public safety program professional who has worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and as the Director of Emergency Management Services for the City of Raleigh.

LTC James Mercer USA (Ret) stated “The NCWC ROTC’s aim is to develop student leadership skills, provide an understanding of military customs and traditions, and offer students’ excellent ways to jumpstart their military or civilian careers.”

Enrollment in ROTC is open to all Wesleyan students, including those at the community colleges that participate in a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with NC Wesleyan College.

A complete list of the 2017-2018 Military Friendly® Schools can be found at More information on Wesleyan can be found at  Contact or 252-985-5340 or more information on the NCWC ROTC program.




Arbor Day Foundation Honors NCWC with 2017 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

Lincoln, Neb. February 1, 2018 – North Carolina Wesleyan College was honored with 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. North Carolina Wesleyan College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 344 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA,” said Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. “Educating our campus and community about our arboretum will be a real point of pride. We have such a beautiful campus and we look forward to highlighting a great and varied collection of trees. We all must learn to appreciate trees’ value and benefits to our environment.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $48 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at

Second in the State to Receive National Accreditation

Left to Right: Dr. Daniel Henderson, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science; Dr. Shannon Crowley, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Dr. Meir Magal, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Exercise Science

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA— North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Exercise Science program has received national accreditation.  This prestigious recognition demonstrates the quality of the college’s program and assurance of a demanding program of study for graduates and prospective employers.

On January 11, 2018, NCWC’s Exercise Science Program received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the largest external, programmatic accrediting body of the health sciences professions. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2,100 educational programs in 30 health science occupations. These programs are then required to be assessed on an ongoing basis to maintain the standards and guidelines of the specific profession.

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Dr. Meir Magal, stated, “This is truly an honor and proves that Wesleyan’s curriculum is robust, current and adequately preparing our students to become exercise professionals.”

The accreditation positions NCWC’s Exercise Science Program as one of two in the entire state and one of 55 in the United States to receive such recognition. Wesleyan is the only private college in North Carolina with this distinction.  The accredited program follows the standards and guidelines that were established by the Committee on accreditation for Exercise Science (CoAes) and prepares students to enter a multitude of health-related careers including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, corporate fitness/wellness, personal training and strength and conditioning. The program allows students to pursue a certification upon completion.

“Our Exercise Science major is one of the most popular programs we offer,” noted Dr. Evan Duff, Wesleyan Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, “The quality of the faculty and the curriculum is the best in the state. We are generating very positive student outcomes from the program that aids our students in job placement and acceptance to their graduate program of choice, which is the ultimate measure of success.”

N.C. Wesleyan is leading the way with their commitment to providing students with the best quality programs in the state. To learn more about the accreditation process visit or for details on North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Exercise Program go to



North Carolina Wesleyan Sets Spring Enrollment Record

This fall, Wesleyan topped the 1,000th student mark for the first time in school history and the momentum continues as a record number of new students joined the College this spring. According to Judy Rollins, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, 64 new students arrived on campus to begin classes last week.

“Our spring recruitment numbers continue to grow as more and more students find out Wesleyan is a great place to transfer and complete their degrees, stated Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark.  “We are excited our effort to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price is yielding such positive results.”

Rollins shared that more than one third of the new students are college and community college transfers while 13% are former Wesleyan students returning to complete their degrees. Nearly another third are international students representing ten different countries, including Argentina, El Salvador, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, and Venezuela. “This year we had a record number of students who attended one semester of college or community college elsewhere and it didn’t work out,” said Rollins. “We treat those students like first-time freshmen and provide them with support and special programs to get them back on the right path to graduation.”

In 2017, Wesleyan was one of 65 colleges and universities, and the only private college in NC, recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as members of the Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer.

Last month the College received approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer its first graduate degree – the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The first cohort of 15 that will begin in March is already filled and applications are being received for the May cohort according to Rollins.

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DeLeon Carter Foundation Supports Wesleyan

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA—The DeLeon Carter Foundation recently presented North Carolina Wesleyan College with a check for $7,500, which represents the second installment toward the foundation’s commitment of $25,000 to name the student lounge in Wesleyan’s 40 single-bed Bradley residence hall.

The funds were used to furnish the lobby with couches, chairs, tables, a television, microwave, stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. Gus Tulloss, Foundation Board Chairman, presented the check to Eddie Coats, Wesleyan College Vice President of Advancement. “We extend our deepest gratitude to the Board for their continued support of education and other key concerns in the local community. This gift greatly enhances the living and educational experience of NC Wesleyan students.”

Pictured from left to right, Board members Lank Dunton and Joe Edwards, Wesleyan Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Ed Naylor, Coats, Tulloss, Board Treasurer George Whitaker and Trustee Vince Durham.