Bridget Kathleen Smith '00
Bridget Kathleen Smith ’00 felt like a number at a larger college, and her rigorous schedule playing Division I basketball was affecting her studies. That all changed when she found Virginia Wesleyan.
William "Bill" Gobble '03
As a Virginia Wesleyan student, William ‘Bill’ Gobble majored in the Liberal Arts Management Program (L.A.M.P.)—now called Management, Business, and Economics—and served as co-captain of the basketball team under the leadership of Coach Dave Macedo.
William "Bill" P. Blake ’06
As a student at larger universities, Bill Blake ’06 admits that he often felt like “a number.” That all changed when he enrolled in Virginia Wesleyan’s Adult Studies Program and began to feel like a valued member of a learning community.
Mavis (Escoffery) McKenley '11
Mavis (Escoffery) McKenley, CTFA AEP, credits a good deal of her career success and confidence to the liberal arts education she received at Virginia Wesleyan. A 2011 graduate of the College’s Adult Studies Program, the former VWC business major now works as vice president and trust officer at AMG National Trust Bank.
Kaj Dentler ’83
Kaj Dentler never thought he would leave parks and recreation. Dentler majored in recreation/leisure services at Virginia Wesleyan and got his first job in the field with a post in Chesapeake a few months before he graduated.
Patrick McMahon '02
As a business major and a member of the VWC Men's Soccer Team, student-athlete Patrick McMahon '02 had a full schedule as a student at Virginia Wesleyan. A dedicated student with a strong work ethic, McMahon secured an internship at a local financial services company, which led to his first full-time job.
Dr. Matthew J. Franck '80
As an undergraduate at Virginia Wesleyan College, Matthew Franck ’80 majored in political science and worked as a resident assistant. In his spare time, the Hockessin, Delaware native engaged in theatre and radio and also participated in community service.
Sarah Tytler ’09
As a student at Virginia Wesleyan, Sarah Tytler ‘09 majored in international studies and minored in English. Outside of class, she played basketball and dedicated her time to community service. Encouraged by her VWC professors, she joined the Peace Corps in 2009 and spent two years teaching and working in community development in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Nina (Hlebarova) Malone '04
One of Nina (Hlebarova) Malone's most memorable VWC moments is crafting a life-size paper boat and sending it out to sea at YMCA Camp Silver Beach. Seems fitting, then, that today the 2004 graduate of the Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP) works with larger-than-life-size boats as the director of market analysis for the Port of Virginia.
John Wink '94
Heinz Ketchup’s latest tagline, “Grown Not Made,” is a nod to the company’s commitment to quality and superior ingredients. It’s not surprising that John Wink ’94 would dedicate his career to a company that upholds these values. They do, after all, reflect some of the key principles the business management graduate learned as a student at Virginia Wesleyan.
Doug Welch '75
As a fine arts major who confesses to absconding with every issue of Artforum magazine as soon as it arrived in Hofheimer Library, Doug Welch ’75 had already set his sights on a career as an artist in New York City by the time he was a junior at Virginia Wesleyan.
Louisa “Lou” (Mulford) Greig ’77
In the summer of 1977, just after graduating from VWC with degrees in art and education, Louisa “Lou” (Mulford) Greig got her true acting start in the Manteo, North Carolina outdoor drama “The Lost Colony.” After just one season with the show, her director (the renowned, now-deceased Joe Layton) encouraged Greig to head west to Los Angeles. Since then, she has worked professionally in more than 100 national, regional, and local commercials and has been cast in print work ads, film and television.
Darlene (Whitley) Rawls '82
A Hampton Roads native, Darlene (Whitley) Rawls ’82 grew up in Suffolk, Virginia. She received her VWC degree in social sciences before earning a master’s in special education. As an undergrad, Rawls was involved in the community service club Circle K, sponsored by Kiwanas. Giving back to her community is a cause she is still passionate about today, as is evident through her involvement with and contributions to VWC’s Heritage Society and Annual Fund for Academic Excellence.
Dr. Howard Krum '85
A biology major at Virginia Wesleyan, Howard Krum ’85 has combined his love for animals, science and creative communication into a career as a veterinarian and a writer. The Pennsylvania native played golf and other intramural sports at VWC while building long-lasting relationships with friends and professors.
John Lockerby '96
Based on his extracurricular activities as a Virginia Wesleyan student—Habitat for Humanity, Student Government Association, and a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity—it comes as no surprise that John Lockerby ’96 now serves the community of Skokie, Illinois as village manager.
Frederick (Eric) Ivan Archer II '90
Originally from Temple Hills, Maryland, Eric Archer majored in biology at Virginia Wesleyan, was a resident assistant and was involved in Tang Soo Do martial arts. He now lives in San Diego, California and works as a Principal Investigator in the Marine Mammal Genetics Group at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, a science lab in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA).
Tim Bailey '83
While he was at Virginia Wesleyan, Tim Bailey ’83 was able to indulge both his love for America’s pastime and his head for business, a combination that would set him on the road to professional success.
Aaron Bull '95
A communications/mass media degree from Virginia Wesleyan has taken Aaron Bull far. Aaron began his career at the Family Channel Television Network and has been the owner of Bull & Company MediaWorks, a marketing firm specializing in digital website production, marketing and print, since 2003.
Michael Daily '01
Michael Dailey studied music at Virginia Wesleyan College but graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Michael followed his artistic passions and is currently a third-year resident W. Gibson Walters Memorial Fellow of Opera San Jose.
Nancy Harris-Kroll '81
The daughter of a Navy man, Nancy Harris-Kroll ’81 and her family lived in Florida, California and England before eventually settling in Virginia Beach. A creative teenager, Kroll enrolled at Virginia Wesleyan, where she joined the Art Club, broadcast a weekly radio show on the College’s station, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Education.
Jack Wheeler received a B.A. in computer science and business from Virginia Wesleyan in 2000. He was a member of the Marlin Men’s Basketball team. Currently, Jack coaches boys basketball, girls volleyball and softball at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Jack has been named Beach District girls volleyball Coach of the Year and is a three-time District softball Coach of the Year.
Robin Davenport '74
Robin D. Davenport graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. in education, received a master's from Old Dominion University, and has spent 38 years in the education field. He began his career as part of the Teacher Organization on VWC's campus, became an elementary school teacher and finally was named principal of Creeds Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2001.
William H. Williard '82
William “Bill” Williard was recruited to play golf at Virginia Wesleyan by former Athletic Director Don Forsyth. But it was his well rounded liberal arts degree and some memorable professors, he says, that gave him the tools he needed to succeed in business.
Paige Russell '97
By the time she graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in philosophy, Paige Russell was well versed in the opinions of others. However, it was the supportive and encouraging environment she found here that allowed her to feel comfortable expressing her own. Today, Paige serves as a Lecture Agent at W. Colston Leigh, Inc., an international firm founded in 1929, at one time featuring prominent speakers such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Boris Yeltsin.
Karen V. Corrigan '97
Karen V. Corrigan is the co-founder and CEO of Corrigan Partners LLC, a healthcare management consultancy firm based in Norfolk, Virginia. Karen’s “inner-entrepreneur” was sparked by her experiences as an Adult Studies student in Virginia Wesleyan’s Liberal Arts Management Program (L.A.M.P.)
Christopher L. Dotolo '91
Christopher L. Dotolo is 1991 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in history and a 1997 graduate of George Mason University with a M.A. in sports administration. After graduating VWC, he became the second Marlin baseball player to play professional baseball, signing a contract with the San Francisco Giants. He played four years in their minor league system and then continued his baseball career coaching at the college level, first as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College (1995-1999) and St. John’s University (1999- 2001), and then as the Head Baseball Coach at Hofstra University (2001-2008).
John Schul Burton '95
John Burton attributes much of his success in the field of law to what he learned about human behavior while majoring in psychology at Virginia Wesleyan College. A practicing attorney in Hampton Roads focusing on estate planning, elder law and business succession planning, John completed his law degree at Regent University School of Law.
Gary Edwards '79
Gary Edwards recently completed his sixth season at the helm of the Francis Marion University men's basketball program and his 28th year as a college head coach. His career coaching mark stands at 476-336 in 28 seasons, including a 7-4 mark in NCAA Tournament games and an 8-1 mark when playing for a conference or regional championship.
Peter Warren '05
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years since Peter Warren ’05 was shooting hoops at VWC, with President Billy Greer getting the crowd riled up on the sidelines. During his time at the College, Warren studied in the Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP), played men’s basketball and also found time for golf.
Candice Eaton Driskell '94 and Wallace Reed Driskell Jr. '00
In a May 1994 article called “When Candie Met Wally” that appeared in the Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, Candie Driskell wrote that taking classes at VWC at the same time as her husband was “almost like dating again…all married couples should attend college together.”
Eric Miller '12 and Bill Miller '09
Eric Miller ’12 and Bill Miller ’09, pictured right, admittedly struggled to take education seriously prior to Virginia Wesleyan. Growing up in Virginia Beach, the brothers lacked motivation in school, searching for something more stimulating.
Timothy Munford '91
Timothy Munford received a B.A. in political science from Virginia Wesleyan in 1991. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and played intramural basketball. The Ladysmith, Virginia native has since relocated to Fredericksburg, where he balances his time between a busy career as a Network Engineer for Verizon and his family
Thomas Taylor, Ed.D. '00
Crediting Virginia Wesleyan with helping him discover his love of learning, Thomas Taylor, Ed.D. (2000) has fittingly dedicated his professional life to public education. While at VWC, the Chevy Chase, Maryland native received a degree in social science with a minor in secondary education, balancing academics with his involvement in Habitat for Humanity, the Student Government Association and the Phi Alpha Theta fraternity.
Rex Hamaker '04
As a student at Virginia Wesleyan, Rex Hamaker Jr. ’04 had a full plate. He worked for Residence Life as well as the College’s Learning Center and was also involved in spiritual life on campus.