Wesleyan Staff Named to 2018 Twin County Hall of Fame


African American man's headshot in a military uniformROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – Lt. Col. James Mercer, US Army (Ret.) was recently named as one of twelve to be inducted into the 2018 Twin County Hall of Fame. He will be honored during the 15th Annual Induction Banquet at the Rocky Mount Event Center on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Mercer is currently the Director of Military Studies at NC Wesleyan College and also coordinates the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program for the college. Lt. Col. James Mercer was born in Edgecombe County and raised in Nash County. He joined the US Army after graduating from North Edgecombe High School. He retired with 30 years of military service in the US Army, US Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. During his distinguished civilian career, he served in multiple roles including: police officer and firefighter for the City of Rocky Mount, Deputy Fire Marshal for Nash County Emergency Services, Public Safety Instructor at Nash and Edgecombe Community Colleges, Director of Public Safety Training for Nash Community College, Director of Emergency Management and Fire Marshal for Edgecombe County, Director of Emergency Management for Fayetteville State University and later for the City of Raleigh, where he retired in 2012.

“This is a big deal for me and pretty cool, I must say. What an incredible honor it is to be recognized by my community. I want to thank all those who mentored me, impacted me and helped me along the way. It was a village that got Lt. Col. (Ret) James Mercer from Battleboro, North Carolina, to where I am today,” stated Mercer.

The Twin County Museum and Hall of Fame’s mission is to celebrate the history, culture, people and accomplishments of Edgecombe and Nash counties in eastern North Carolina. For more information about the Twin County Hall of Fame and for tickets to the 15th Annual Induction Banquet, visit www.tchof.org.

Wesleyan Names Farris Fundraising Campaign Chairman


ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – David Farris, President and CEO of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, will lead the 37th annual Day for Wesleyan Campaign starting September 18. A Day for Wesleyan is NCWC’s largest annual fundraising event giving area businesses, friends of the college, faculty, staff and thousands of alumni the opportunity to support their efforts to educate Wesleyan’s bright, young students.

Farris is no stranger to NC Wesleyan, having been a strong supporter for many years, including efforts as a volunteer during past campaigns. “I strongly believe in the mission of Wesleyan.  The growth taking place at Wesleyan is having a profound impact on this entire region, and I want to do all I can to support that initiative” Farris states. “With the economic growth in this area on the rise, Wesleyan plays a major role by providing advanced educational opportunities and matching graduates to job opportunities in this area. We need to support them.”

Before taking the helm at the Chamber last year, Farris had a successful career with his family-owned car dealership. Farris is very active with civic duties serving on several local and state foundation and non-profit boards. He also served as past chairman of the capital campaign to build the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount.  

“We are very excited to have David as our Day for Wesleyan chairman this year,” said Eddie Coats, VP of Advancement for NC Wesleyan College. “With a successful campaign, the resulting impact Wesleyan will make on our students’ educational experience, both on campus and in our community is a huge win for everyone.”

The annual Day for Wesleyan Campaign will kick off Tuesday, September 18.  For more information on the campaign or to support the college’s efforts, please call 252.985.5266 or visit ncwc.edu/DFW.