Alumni Association names chairman

James B. “Jim” Newman of Raleigh was elected chairman of the Board of Director for the East Carolina Alumni Association for 2012-13.

As board chair, Newman will lead an organization that reaches more than 130,000 alumni worldwide.


He is chief fiscal officer of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and an East Carolina University alumnus who earned a B.A. in psychology in 1968 and an MBA in 1974. A Greenville native, Newman graduated from J.H. Rose High School. He is retired from the U.S. Navy and a Vietnam veteran who served four years of active duty there.

“I am extremely excited about being on the board and serving as chairman,” Newman said. “Our board is so proud of ECU and we want to make the public aware of our successes and promote the University through the Association.”

Paul J. Clifford, president and CEO of the Alumni Association said Newman has been a loyal volunteer and supporter. He served as treasurer of the board last year and has been a member since July 2008.

“His love for ECU, vision for our association and service orientation will drive our association forward under his leadership,” Clifford said.

Three other board members were elected to executive committee positions for the 2012-13 year: Angela Moss ’97 ’98 of Raleigh, associate director of investments for the UNC Management company, will serve as vice chair; Glenda Palmer-Moultrie ’79 of Derwood, Md., a recreation programs coordinator, will serve as secretary; and Neal Crawford ’85 of Norfolk, Va., president of Monarch Bank, will serve as treasurer.

Six newly-elected members will join the board: Dean Browder ’77 of Winston-Salem, senior vice president with Piedmont Federal Savings Bank; Duane Grooms ’80 ’82 of Columbia, S.C., assistant athletics director for Facilities Services at the University of South Carolina; John Israel ’82 of Norfolk, Va., command recreation specialist with the U.S. Air Force; Michael Kowalczyk ’09 ’10 of Chicago, Ill., resident director for Guest Services and Marketing at the University of Illinois – Chicago; Dan Spuller ’06, ’07 of Raleigh, major gifts development coordinator at Wake Tech Community College Foundation; and Lynette Taylor ’97, Winterville, anchor with WITN TV-7.

The mission of the alumni association is to inform, involve and serve members of the ECU family throughout their lifelone relationship with the university.

For additional information, call 800-ECU-GRAD or contact Jackie Drake, assistant director for Alumni Communications, at 252-328-4902 or