UNCF Giving Banquet Honors Community
Leaders and Faculty Legends
March 27, 2014 – Shaw University's
UNCF "A Mind Is" Annual Giving Banquet and Gala honored several
outstanding community and faculty leaders for their commitment to excellence in
education. Held on Saturday, March 22nd on the Shaw University
campus, the event recognized Dr. McLouis Clayton, Shaw University Professor of
Mathematics and alumnus; Dr. Carolyn G. Ennis, Shaw University Trustee and
alumna; Nurry T. Johnson, retired educator and former Shaw University
professor; and Edward Wills, McDonald’s owner and operator.
year's honorees represented leaders in the education and business sectors. Dr.
Clayton has been a member of Shaw’s faculty since 1966 and has served the University
in a variety of administrative positions, including Assistant to the Vice
President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Academic Administration and Vice
President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Ennis is a long-time educator and has
worked in the field for more than 50 years. She currently serves as the Special
Assistant to the superintendent for Johnston County Schools. Johnson, also a
long-time educator, served as a librarian both at Shaw and for the Wake County
Library system. She later joined the Wake County Public Schools system and
retired in 1993 after 36 years in education. Wills is the highly successful
owner and operator of two McDonald’s in Raleigh. He currently oversees 14
managers and 180 employees.
addition to recognizing the evening's honorees, the gala also featured remarks
from Shaw graduate student Mervin Davis and senior Roberta Sessoms. Both
students expressed their gratitude for receiving UNCF scholarships and how such
funds enabled them to continue their education. Musical entertainment was
provided by Kimerly Rouse and “All Your Uncles” and national recording artist
the UNCF Steering Committee meet throughout the year to plan and hold events to
educate the community about UNCF and raise scholarship monies for students at
Shaw, a UNCF member institution. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Shaw
students received more than $95,000 in UNCF scholarships.