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Alumni Success Stories

The journey for these Methodist University (formerly Methodist College) graduates led to SUCCESS!


“As I reflect on my career, I am extremely thankful for the education and encouragement I received at Methodist College. My undergraduate degree provided an essential foundation for the myriad of personal and professional challenges I have encountered.”

John W. Handy '66
General, USAF
Commander, United States Transportation Command Commander, Air Mobility Command

“I have grown to realize the substantial value of my education at Methodist College. Small classes afforded me great access to my professors, who had a genuine concern for both my academic and personal growth. The business courses were intriguing, thought-provoking and current in their thought.”

Earl Leake ’73
Vice President of Human Resources, Lance, Inc., Charlotte, NC

“The small, supportive environment and liberal arts focus of Methodist College prepared me to become a productive citizen. The strong academic background, and the preparation that I had in my major enabled me to be successful in the classroom right from the start, and as I went on to graduate school.”

Dr. William C. Harrison ’74
Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, NC

"I had no idea when I was at MC what my career would be but higher education was certainly not on my radar screen at that time. At MC, I learned how to think, how to learn and gained confidence (in Dr. Ott's chemistry course among others!) that I could learn anything if I worked hard enough. I will always be grateful to the MC faculty, staff, administrators, and donors for providing me this transforming experience that has served me so well in my academic life and career in higher education."

Dr. James K. Weeks ’68
Dean, Bryan School of Business, University of North Carolina Greensboro.

“I credit much of my success as a professional golfer to the time I spent at Methodist College. Although a Division III school, Methodist’s golf facilities rivaled and sometimes surpassed those of Division I schools. The PGM program gave me the opportunity to participate in premier tournaments, live in a central location close to many great courses and enjoy one-on-one attention from professors, advisors and coaches. The small school and family environment created an atmosphere allowing students to look out for each other and establish lifelong friendships. The friendships and connections I made through the PGM program have benefited me both personally and professionally. One of the most comforting things to see when I am on tour is the familiar faces of my Methodist College friends.”

Kelly Cap ’95
Professional Golfer, LPGA Tour
Methodist College Hall of Fame Inductee

"I fell in love with Methodist College from the very first day! Somehow, I knew that this beautiful campus was a place where I would be gently nurtured and aggressively challenged . . . in equal measure. I knew that this distinguished community of scholars and students would provide invaluable tools to build a successful career. Most importantly, I knew instinctively that I would find faith and friendships at Methodist that would enrich my life beyond scope. My Methodist College experience has done all those things for me--I am honored to be among its family of alumni."

Gwen Holtsclaw ‘68
President, Cheer Ltd., Fayetteville, NC


More Success Stories

  • Rebecca L. Burleigh - Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of Florida
  • Wade E. Byrd - Listed as one of the "Best Trial Lawyers in America"
  • Scott D. Ellender - Head Golf Professional, Courses 1-6, Pinehurst Resort #2 Country Club
  • Dr. Stephen A. Fann - General and Thoracic Surgeon, VA Hospital, Charleston, SC
  • Dr. Laura G. Kafka - Opera Singer and Musicologist
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James M. Link - President of Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama
  • Cabel C. Luck, Jr. - Director of Educational Programs, Medical College of Virginia
  • Rev. Michael W. Safley - President of the NC Methodist Home for Children
  • Honorable Leonard W. Thagard - District Court Judge, North Carolina
  • James J. Townsend - Founder and President of Information Strategies
  • Lee Warren - Register of Deeds, Cumberland County
  • Dr. Thomas Yow - President Emeritus of Young Harris College in Georgia