Our Student and Alumni Success

Recent Graduates

Brian Barnes – Eastern Kentucky University Grad School; MS in Fire Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Emily Brewer – Campbell University Law School

Brittany Capps –  Plans to attend law school at Campbell University or Elon University

Courtney Marlow – NC Central Law School

Robert Schupp – Campbell University Law School

Alumni Successes

CHAD ABOUD (B.A. ’06) graduated with honors from Campbell as a Government major with a Business Administration minor. He was captain of the men’s soccer team, and since graduating from Campbell, has furthered his education at the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He works at the Community Legal Aid Services Programme at Osgoode which provides free legal services to the economically disadvantaged. Chad also founded the Osgoode Community Outreach Club, which offers academic, employment and social opportunities to those in need. In his own words, “the education Campbell provided has proven to be sound fundamental training. The tools that were gained from caring professors and intimate class sizes, built relationships with professors, teammates and colleagues which continue strong to this day.” NORRIS ADAMS, II (B.A.’01) graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law and is now employed by Essex Richards, a law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is married to JULIE KERR ADAMS (B.A. ’01), also a Wake Forest Law School alum. She practices with Littler, Mendelson in Charlotte.

JOHN ASHLEY BARNES (B.A. ’00) earned a full scholarship to North Carolina State University’s Ph.D. program in Public Administration. In 2002, he completed a Master of Public Administration degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, and is now employed by Arlington County, Virginia.

DAVID BRAGDON (B.A. ‘99) is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. During his tenure at Campbell, David was the recipient of numerous accolades, including the $7000 Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship and Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award. He was employed by the law firm of Burr and Forman in Birmingham, Alabama, and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He is presently working as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and received our 2007 Distinguished Government Alumnus Award. He is married to ELLEN WHITAKER BRAGDON (B.A. ’01) who is an alumna of our department. Ellen earned an M.A. in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, along with top honors from the History faculty. The couple has two sons, Seth and Evan.

MOLLIE VARNADORE CAMPBELL (B.A. ‘92) earned a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Studies at Colorado State University. She is presently teaching Political Science at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan.

JOHN TIMOTHY COLLINS (B.A. ‘89) earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia. He presently teaches Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science at the University of North Alabama. In 2001, he received the Department's Distinguished Government Alumnus Award.

KASEY COOK (B.A. '02) worked for the Ethics and Public Policy center in Washington, DC.

TOMMIE L. CULPEPPER, JR. (B.A. '90) was a chaplain with Athletes in Action, an outreach of Campus Crusade for Christ, at the University of Dayton (Ohio). He later earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law.

JAMES H. "JIM" CURRIN (B.S. '74, M.Ed. '88) teaches social studies at Triton High School in Erwin, North Carolina. Jim has been very active in academic and community affairs; he has supervised numerous student teachers and was voted Harnett County Teacher of the Year for 1992-93. Jim served as Chairman of the Harnett County Board of Elections from 1990 through 1993 and is presently on the Board. He is a deacon at the Summerville Presbyterian Church, and a member of both the Boone Trail Ruritan Club, and Boone Trail Emergency Services Board of Directors. He received our Distinguished Government Alumnus Award in 1995.

HENRY “HANK” DUNBAR (B.S. ’81, J.D. ’92) is a Vice-President in Trust at Branch Banking and Trust in Raleigh, North Carolina. He formerly served as counsel for Campbell University. He received our Distinguished Government Alumnus Award in 1999.

CHARLENE EDWARDS (B.A. '90, J.D. ‘93) practices law in Lillington, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Campbell Law School and has helped advise the Campbell Mock Trials Organization. She received our Distinguished Government Alumna Award in 1996.

JAMES FAULKNER (B.A. ’04) earned an M.B.A. from Campbell and has begun a corporate finance career in his native England.

JENNIFER FELTIS (B.A. ’03, M.B.A. ‘04) is a research scientist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Planning and Sustainable Communities. After completing her Campbell education, Jennifer earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 2007. She presently resides in Princeton, New Jersey.

SARAH FRANKS (B.A. ’06) has completed a Master of Public Administration degree at East Carolina University.

ELIZABETH HENDERSON (B.A. ’06) is completing a joint Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctorate degree at Regent University. During the summer of 2009 she worked for Justice Edward Brady of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

JAMES HOPF (B.A. ‘83) is a prominent attorney in Greenville, North Carolina. He received the 2000 Distinguished Government Alumnus Award.

CARL IVARSSON (B.A. ’83, J.D. ‘85) is an attorney in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Government Alumnus Award.

PAUL IVEY (B.A. ‘96) graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law and is now the managing partner of the Columbus, Georgia, office of Hall, Booth, Smith and Slover.

JUNG “JERRY” KIM (B.A. ’99) earned an M.A. in Political Science at Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee.

FRANKLIN F. "FRANK" LANIER (B.S. '72, J.D. ‘82) is a senior resident superior court judge for District 11A (Harnett and Lee Counties) of North Carolina. A graduate of Campbell’s law school, Frank had the following to say about his undergraduate experience: "I must give all credit for any of my success in life to Dr. Elmer Puryear, who, in Constitutional Law awakened my interest in politics and government. He truly is the best instructor I have ever encountered in my academic career."

BRAD LONG (B.S. '80, J.D. ‘83) is a superior court judge in Asheboro, North Carolina. He received our Distinguished Government Alumnus Award in 1993.

SUZANNE NELSON MATTHEWS (B.A. ’02) is a 2005 graduate of Seton Hall University Law School. She was Campbell’s 2002 nominee for a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship and also received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award at her graduation. Suzanne works as an Assistant District Attorney in Harnett County and received the Department’s 2008 Distinguished Government Alumna Award.

JENNIFER PITTS MCKENNA (B.A. ’00) is a 2004 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law. She has won the following scholarship pageant titles: 2001 Miss Northern Virginia, 2002 Miss Virginia, and 2005 Miss Virginia USA . She has been employed by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in Richmond, and is presently serving as Director of Development for the Miss America’s Most Outstanding Teen Organization in Tampa, Florida.

JOSHUA MERGLER (B.A. ’06) has completed a master’s degree in Professional Arabic Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park.

BRANDY BERRY MILAZZO (B.A. ’97) graduated from the University of South Carolina with degrees in law and international business. She is employed as an attorney by McGuire Woods in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brandy was our 2006 Distinguished Government Alumna recipient.

EMILY MORALES (B.A., '03) earned a master’s degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

ALLEN NORFLEET (B.A. ’05) completed an Master of Public Administration degree at Virginia Tech in 2007. During his time at Virginia Tech, he was selected as an intern for the Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and worked within the Employment and Training Administration. He now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and is employed by the Federal Election Commission as a Campaign Finance Analyst in Washington DC.

JOSHUA ROYSTER (B.A. ’97) worked as an aide for three years to United States Senator Jesse Helms. He graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina Law School and practiced with the firm of Maupin Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina. Josh serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He was our 2005 Distinguished Government Alumnus.

LEIGH ANN SMITH (B.A. ’02) completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Religious Studies) degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and is employed part-time by Faith and Public Life, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Democratic National Convention, and worked for U.S. Senator John Edwards in Missouri and Iowa during his quest for the Presidency. She was also employed by the Washington, DC office of U.S. Representative Bob Etheridge. In 2007, Leigh Ann participated in a summer study abroad program in Turkey.

RUTH ANN STRICKLAND (B.A. '81) served as Chair of the Government and Criminal Justice Department at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Ruth Ann earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 1989; her specialties include public policy, judicial politics, and American government. Her published works include The Constitution Under Pressure: A Time for Change? as well as number of articles and book chapters. Ruth Ann received the 1994 Distinguished Government Alumna Award.

SCOTT TART (B.A. '98) earned his law degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2001. He is a member of Narron, O'Hale & Whittington, P.A, a. law firm in Benson, North Carolina. He was our 2004 Distinguished Government Alumnus.

BRYAN THOMPSON (B.A. ’04) earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration at Appalachian State University. He pursued a management internship with the Town of Troy, North Carolina, and now serves as Erwin, North Carolina’s Town Manager.

JUSTIN D. WILLIAMS (B.A. ’07) graduated with a Government major and History minor. During his time at Campbell, he served three years on the Student Government Association, where he held various cabinet positions and chaired the Rules Committee. Justin was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Societies. Since graduation, Justin has consulted on state political campaigns, served on various charity committees, and is pursuing his private pilot’s license. Currently he is serving as Deputy Clerk to the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court of North Carolina. Justin anticipates a career of public service, attributing his interest to his parents’ state government accomplishments—in his words “betterment for ALL of North Carolina.”

BRANDON WOODRUFF (B.A. ’07) is a Conservation Police Officer in Sussex County, Virginia. Conservation Police Officers have the most authority of any law enforcement positions in the state. As an officer he deals with boating, hunting, and trapping regulations, but he can also enforce all other laws. After two years of service he will become a US Special Agent, which will allow him to enforce federal game laws.

DEMETRIUS "DEE" WORLEY BERRY (B.A. '94) earned a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina School of Law. Dee had the following to say about her Campbell experience:

"During my years at Campbell, the Department of Government and History felt like a small family community. The professors and faculty were genuinely concerned about your performance inside as well as outside the classroom. They often provided helpful advice and direction for the future. While part of this community, I served as secretary and president of the Campbell Political Science Association. I was an active member of Phi Eta Sigma, Epsilon Pi Eta, Pi Gamma Mu, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. I also received the Elmer Puryear Distinguished Student of Government Award….I truly believe that my experiences at Campbell University have allowed me to further define my career aspirations."

Dee earned a law degree at UNC in 1997. She is employed in the firm of Brotherton, Ford, Yeoman, and Berry in Greensboro, North Carolina.