Category: Alumni & Friends

Paul Johnson Tabbed As Head Football Coach

Paul Johnson Tabbed As Head Football Coach

Formal Introduction on January 26 Chowan University and Vice President for Athletics, Patrick Mashuda, announced Friday afternoon Paul Johnson as the ninth Head Football Coach in program history. Johnson comes to Chowan by way of Bloomsburg University, where he served as the Offensive Coordinator along with coaching the Tight Ends and Wide Receivers for the […]

Zoe Beale Contributes to’s College Guide

Zoe Beale

Zoe Beale, Admissions Counselor, was recently featured as an expert in’s College Guide for Students with Learning Differences page. Zoe Beale shared their advice and experiences regarding learning about campus culture, aspects to consider when applying, and writing a stand-out personal statement. Read the full contribution and article at is a leading […]

Alumna Jessica Drake Joins Chowan Board of Trustees

Jessica Drake

Chowan University is pleased to announce that Jessica Kiser Drake ‘95 joined the Chowan University Board of Trustees effective January 1, 2023, after serving on the Chowan University Board of Visitors since 2018. She served most recently as the Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors. Chowan Trustees serve overlapping terms of four years and […]

Toby Sims Signs With Harrogate Town AFC

Toby Sims HAC

By: Harrogate Town AFC We are delighted to confirm the signing of defender Toby Sims following a successful trial period with the club. The 25-year-old has spent most of his career in America representing several clubs including Greenville FC, South Carolina United and most recently Pittsburgh Riverhounds. During this time the full-back has won several […]

Chris Whaley Joins Chowan University Staff

Chris Whaley

Christopher “Chris” Whaley joined the Chowan University staff following the recent completion of his bachelor’s degree in Business and Design. The Morgantown, NC native transferred to Chowan University following the completion of this associate’s degree at Piedmont Community College.   Serving as the University Communications Graphic Designer, Whaley works with both the Advancement and Admissions Offices, […]

Will Gurganus ’16 Criminal Justice 


“Chowan helped prepare me for my career in many ways. I majored in Criminal Justice and during my time in this program, I was able to obtain the skills I needed in the workplace through the intriguing course content and hands-on coursework opportunities, along with the support and guidance from my Chowan family. The close […]

Gerlisa Shipman ’15 | Psychology 

Gerlisha Shipman

“Working in Chicago addressing social issues and switching careers to teach started with the passion I found at Chowan.  Chowan prepared me for my career by providing me with opportunities to be a servant leader in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Being involved in various capacities of the university shaped my heart, perspective, […]

David Cross ’19 Graphic Design

David Cross

“As a marketing professional, I interact with people from all over the world on a weekly basis. My time at Chowan University helped me develop the perspective and versatility that I need to succeed in this role. At Chowan, I met people from different cultures and backgrounds, which gave me a broader understanding of the […]

Mikayla Luskin ’22 | Biology

MIkayla Luskin

“Attending Chowan has been instrumental in preparing me for my future career in PA (Physician Assistant) school. Throughout my undergraduate journey, I acquired a strong foundation in science and healthcare-related subjects, which are essential prerequisites for PA programs. The challenging coursework and rigorous academic environment have honed my critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, crucial […]

Arrington Gavin ’17 | Recreation, Wellness & Sport

Arrington Gavin

“The benefit of being a graduate student of Chowan University is that I was prepared for life once graduating. I learned the importance of networking, time management, and creative skills. Being a resident of a small town for four years at Chowan, you learn a lot. Chowan’s professors and staff knew me by name and […]