John M. Tayloe Retires from Chowan University after Three Decades of Service Above Self
Few individuals dedicate themselves to their work so fully; few put a cause – an institution – above themselves, time and time again. John M. Tayloe is one of those rare individuals. A Bertie County native and 1994 alumnus, Tayloe began his career at Chowan following his graduation, and time and time again, he has proved to be a devoted representative of the university.
In his letter of retirement, John shared, “With my retirement, I am putting a bookend on my career in higher education. While this chapter will soon come to a close, I am pivoting at this phase in my life to public service. I have accepted a position to serve United States Senator Ted Budd as his Northeast North Carolina Regional Director. Chowan has more than prepared me for this next phase in life that is slated to start December 4, 2023.”
As both the Executive Assistant to the President and the Executive Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, the work for John was never done and never too much to handle. It is no surprise that Tayloe received the coveted Spirit of Chowan award in 2017 for his unwavering service to the university – day in and day out, his dedication to his alma mater has been interwoven into the fabric of his life. Without fail, he has represented Chowan with pride, dignity, and profound admiration for almost three decades. Through every challenge presented, Tayloe not only met expectations, but set new standards for the job that was being achieved.
“One of the greatest joys in my life is helping others make a difference in the life of Chowan,” Tayloe expressed. “Connecting alumni and friends with the many opportunities to give is a rewarding experience.”
Tayloe’s retirement from the university marks the end of an era. His departure will undoubtedly leave a void that will be challenging to fill; he will be missed not only in the wake of the duties he tirelessly performed, but he will be missed in the silence where his laughter and positivity would be a sign of reassurance. His contributions to Chowan have been immeasurable, and his absence will be deeply felt by the entire community.
In the words of President Charles Taylor, “John’s record of service to the University speaks for itself. He will forever be “Mr. Chowan.”
Andy Wilson, Vice President for Development and Admissions, expressed his fondness for John with enthusiasm. “In my tenure working with Mr. Tayloe, I’ve witnessed unparalleled dedication and unwavering commitment. John Tayloe – ‘Mr. Chowan’ – has left an indelible mark on this institution through his tireless service. As he embarks on a new chapter, we express deepest gratitude for his remarkable contributions, and we are confident his legacy will inspire others at Chowan University.”
As John Tayloe embarks on the next chapter of his life, Chowan University extends its deepest gratitude for his remarkable service and wishes him a fulfilling next step in his already successful career. His legacy will forever be etched in the history of Chowan, and his humble dedication will continue to inspire future generations of students and alumni.