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About Chowan: Graduate Profiles

Chowan University graduates can be found across the world in almost every field imaginable. Graduates from Chowan become business owners, doctors, lawyers, ministers, law enforcement officers, teachers, musicians, missionaries, psychologists, and college faculty, to name a few.

Here are a few of Chowan’s featured alumni:  

LaChelle Waller, ‘01
LaChelle WallerAssistant Professor in the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University B.S. Biology from Chowan University

While at Chowan, Lachelle became the first four year basketball player to ever notch 1,000 career points. She is the only Chowan women's basketball player to ever reach the 1,000 rebound plateau.

In the classroom, this Chester, Virginia, native maintained membership on the Dean's List and President's List each of her four years. On the basketball court, LaChelle ranked in the nation's top two players in rebounding per game her junior and senior seasons. She totaled 30 double-doubles in her career and holds a single-game record of 28 rebounds. She was named to the All-USA South First Team after her senior season. She still holds three Chowan rebounding records (rebounds in a single game, rebounds in a single season, and double-doubles in a season).

Throughout her Ph.D. journey, LaChelle received numerous awards for which she was recognized in academic, education, and outreach endeavors, culminating in her being selected as the spring 2010 Virginia Tech (VT) graduate student commencement speaker. Additionally, she was the graduate student chosen to meet the Queen of England during the 2007 VT tragedy. She was named the 2008 Virginia Tech Graduate Woman of the Year, and earned the 2008 Chowan University Young Alumnus Award. She was also the recipient of the 2010 Woman in Leadership Award from the VT Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Council.

Quote: As a student at Chowan, I worked a night job from 10:00 p.m. – 2 a.m., played basketball, remained active and involved on the campus, all while maintaining focus on my academics. I endured my father and mother being ill and at times believed it was impossible to successfully achieve my goals and dreams of attaining my bachelor’s degree. My experience at Chowan taught me that regardless of the obstacles you may face, never give up and remain faithful that God will accomplish the impossible in your life (Matthew 19:26).

Chowan is a small school producing amazing graduates impacting the world in pretty big ways! As the first person in my family to graduate and receive my bachelor’s degree and now my doctorate degree, I look back in amazement at all that God has allowed me to accomplish at such a young age. I received the foundation at Chowan that encouraged me to give my all in whatever I am doing. My basketball coaches and professors, such as Dr. Garth Faile, believed in me and even encouraged me to get my doctorate. They provided such wonderful words of inspiration and would not let me give up even if I tried! What's awesome about being at Chowan is those who have touched my life claimed all of this success even before it happened.

Mozell J. Person
Mozell J. PersonPortsmouth, VA

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Tidewater Community College-Portsmouth, VA
  • Leadership Scholar, Chowan University
  • Chowan University Class of 2007-Psychology
  • M.A. Community/Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State
  • Ed.D. Candidate at Regent University



Mitch Kelly
Mitch KellyBusiness
Murfreesboro, North Carolina

  • Class of 2008, Chowan University, B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Allied Health Biology
  • Vice President of Phi Beta Lambda
  • Member of the Chowan University Science Club
  • Quality Assurance Analyst at MedEx Medical Transport Services, Inc.


Heather Lee Schaubach
Heather Lee SchaubachMedicine
Windsor, Virginia

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S. in Allied Health Biology
  • Science Club Member of the Year
  • Enrolled at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program
  • Pursuing a career in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Steven Ruddy
Steven RuddyGraphic Design
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Class of 2004, Chowan University, B.A. in Studio Art
  • Class of 2007, Art Institute, B.A. in Graphic Design
  • Member of the Chowan Men’s Soccer team
  • Owns and operates his own Graphic Design firm
  • Co-founder of

Beau Drake
Beau DrakeTeaching/Coaching
Ahoskie, North Carolina

  • Class of 2000, Chowan University, B.S. in Exercise Sport Science
  • Class of 2010, Georgia Southern University, M.S. in Kinesiology
  • Captain of the Chowan Football team in 1998-99
  • Published Author, “God’s Winning Team,” FCA Online Magazine 2003
  • Voted “Best Teacher” by the student body at West Carteret High School 2005
  • Head football Coach at Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill, North Carolina


Jessie C. Jarvis
Jessie JarvisMarine Science
Absecon, New Jersey

  • Class of 2003, Chowan College, B.S. in Environmental Biology
  • Class of 2005, William & Mary, M.S., Marine Science
  • Class of 2009, William & Mary, Ph.D., Marine Science
  • President of the Chowan College Science Club
  • Received the Chowan College Mary E. Wood Award for outstanding science graduate in 2003
  • Founding member of the Delta Rho Chapter of the Alpha Sigma
    Tau Sorority
  • Assistant Professor of Marine Science at Richard Stockton College of
    New Jersey
  • Awarded 3year fellowship from the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System
  • Former Research Marine Biologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Maurice B. Fluitt
Maurice B. FluittWashington, DC

  • Class of 2009, Chowan University, B.S., Biology, minor Chemistry
  • Class of 2011, Howard University, Master of Science in Genetics and Human Genetics
  • Currently pursuing PhD in Genetics and Human Genetics
  • Awarded AGEP Fellowship to pursue Doctoral degree in Human Genetics
  • Serves in ministry as a Youth Pastor in Washington DC

Angela M. Melton
Angela MeltonDentistry
Gates, North Carolina

  • Class of 2005, Chowan College, B.S., Biology
  • Class of 2011, Howard University School of Dentistry
  • General Dentist
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • President, student chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists (2010-11)
  • Quintessence Award in Periodontics (2011)
  • Eleanor Bushee Senior Student Award

Harold W. Babb
Harold BabbHigher Education
Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

  • Class of 1970, Chowan College, A.S. Accounting
  • Class of 1972, University of Richmond, B.S. Accounting
  • Class of 1974, Virginia Commonwealth University, M.S., Marketing/Finance
  • Class of 1979, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Ph.D., Marketing
  • 1986-Present University of Richmond-Department of Marketing
  • Professor of Marketing
  • Department Chairman-1987-2002
  • 1986-1992 F. Carlyle Tiller Distinguished Professor of Business
  • 1988 Fulbright-Hayes Scholar to South Korea and The Republic of China
  • University of Richmond Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Athletics Hall of Fame-University of Richmond

Sarah M. Bullard
Sarah BullardGraphic Design
Nashville, Tennessee

  • Class of 2005, Chowan College, B.S. Graphic Communications
  • Owner-OMedia+Graphics, Graphic/Web Design Company
  • Co-owner and developer of Social Network Bump ‘N’ Bundle, first and only Social Network for moms


Carrie Waller Knight
Carrie Waller KnightEducation
Altavista, Virginia

  • Class of 2003, Chowan University, B.S., Elementary Education Pursuing
  • M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision from the University of Virginia
  • Kindergarten teacher at Chalkley Elementary School, Chesterfield, VA
  • Department of Defense 2009-10, Germany
  • Leadership Scholarship recipient
  • Member Alpha Sigma Tau sorority

Andre Stewart
Andre StewartEducation
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

  • Class of 1998, Chowan University, B.S., History
  • Class of 2011, University of Phoenix, M.Ed.
  • Teacher at Northwest Halifax High School
  • Athletic Director Northwest Halifax
  • Head varsity football coach Northwest Halifax


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