Alumni Awards & Recognitions

Every year, Alumni Relations upholds the annual tradition of crowning Mr. or Ms. Alumni and recognizing the Family of the Year. These traditions highlight FSU alumni that are active within the Bronco community and within their own communities. 

Family of the Year Award

For nearly 40 years, alumni of Fayetteville State University have participated in the selection of the FSU Family of the Year. This high honor recognizes multi-generational families who continue to exemplify FSU's motto: Res Non Verba. Deeds Not Words. The families selected over the past four decades continue to support and enhance FSU through their great efforts. These selfless acts include volunteerism, advocacy, and giving back to FSU through a variety of means.

2022 Family of the Year - The Cromartie Family

Chancellor with Cromartie Family

The Family of Hilda and Edward Cromartie, Sr.

Fayetteville, N.C. (October 31, 2022) — Fayetteville State University (FSU) honored Hilda and Edward Cromartie, Sr., of Mount Olive, North Carolina, and their family as the 2022 Family of the Year during its 155th Founders’ Day celebration. The FSU Family of the Year award recognizes multi-generational families who continue to exemplify FSU’s motto: Res Non Verba, Deeds Not Words.

Hilda and Edward Sr. are both FSU dual degree holders and dedicated their lives and careers to education as teachers and administrators. Their children, NaTale Cromartie (Nelson), her husband, Ryan, and Edward Cromartie, Jr., followed the senior Cromarties’ path to FSU and to the public school system, specifically Wayne County, North Carolina. Nearly all hold master’s degrees in education administration from FSU; Edward Jr. earned his master’s degree from Gardner-Webb University.

“It’s difficult to quantify the depth and breadth of this family’s impact on our University, our schools and the field of education as a whole,” said FSU Chancellor Darrell T. Allison. “They exemplify what it means to be a Bronco and to uphold our motto: Res Non Verba, Deeds Not Words. Their contributions are immeasurable, and their actions speak volumes about their commitment to teaching and learning. We are honored to celebrate them as FSU’s Family of the Year.”

Hilda and Edward Cromartie, Sr. are now retired from Wayne County Public Schools where he was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent and she was a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Retirement hasn’t kept them from staying involved. In addition to his service on numerous boards, Edward Sr. also tutored students in the Mount Olive and Brogden area schools. He was recently presented with The Fayetteville State National Alumni Association’s Meritorious Service Award. Both remain involved in the community and serve Wayne County Retired School Personnel, the Wayne County Department of Social Services, the Mount Olive Housing Authority and as tutors for students in the Mount Olive and Brogden area schools.

Edward Cromartie, Jr., is principal of Mount Olive Middle School where his sister, NaTale, formerly served in the that role before becoming principal of Brogden Primary School. Both are Wayne County Public Schools. Edward Jr. mentors young men in his Mount Olive community. His wife, Trelvia, is also an educator and teaches English at Southern Wayne High School.

NaTale Cromartie (Nelson) was recognized as Middle School Principal of the Year when she served at Mount Olive Middle School. Her husband, Ryan, is principal of Goldsboro High School and served on Wayne County Crimestoppers.

“We are humbled and grateful to be recognized as Fayetteville State University’s 2022 Family of the Year,” Ryan Nelson said on behalf of the family. “Hilda and Edward Sr. were born and raised in the Sandhills region, were educated here and dedicated their lives and careers to providing opportunities and uplifting their communities for future generations. I am privileged to be a part of and serve with this incredible family.”

The Cromartie/Nelson family have and continue to serve as community leaders, educators and mentors of youth. They have served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, the Wayne County Department of Social Services, the Mount Olive Planning and Board of Adjusters, the Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors, among others.

Above all this is family, and the Cromarties also spend as much time as possible with their five grandchildren.

Past Families of the Year:

2021- The Owens Family

2018- The Brewington-Sansbury Family

2017- The Miller-Gillespie Family

2016- The Patterson-Chavis Family

2015- The Offie and Cora Brown Family

2014- The Cisrow and Octavia Prince Thomas Family

2013- The Barnes and Braswell Family

2012- The James and Mallie Monroe Family

2011- The White/ McAllister Family

2010- The Larry and Hattie Bush Family

2009- The Late Charlie and Nellie Marable Family

2008- The Rev. Ernest and Mable Bacote Family

2007- The Rev. James and Susie Evelyn Sparrow Family

2006- The Late Rev. George and Cora Steele Family

2005- The Robert and the late Addie Brown Melvin Family

2004- The Rev. Bessie Moore Family

2003- The Alvin and Ruth Taylor Family

2002- N/A

2001- The Dennis R. and Polly Simpson McNair Family

2000- The Earl and Mildred Best Smith Family

1999- The David O' Berry and Maggie Darden Bell Family

1998- The Wilson and Maudie P. Lawrence Family

1997- The Henry Herman and Bessie Parker Family

1996- The George W. and Betty Brown Family

1995- The Josephine Rozier Thompson Family

1994- The Paul and Annie Bryant Family

1993- The Roy and Reather McNeill Family

1992- The Raymond and Myrtle Battle Family

1991- The Rev. D. Hector and Henrietta McEachern Family

1990- The Gabriel McNeill Family

1989- The Vivian Diggs Family

1988- The Rev. Jeremiah and Leolar Williams Family

1987- The Cornie Lee and Ella Mae McLauchlin Family

1986- The David Hill Family

1985- The Batrice Bracey Family

1984- The Jessie Mae Owens Family

1983- The James B. Wright Family

Bronco Women In Philanthropy

Bronco Women In Philanthropy

Launching Spring 2021 

Mrs. Maria Adams

Dr. Eugene Almedia

Dr. Anne Chavis

Mrs. Linda C. Coley

Dr. Jeanette Council

Dr. Kimberly Jefferies Leonard

Mary McAllister (posthumously)

Mrs. Gloria Moore-Carter

Mrs. Vedas Neal

Dr. Marion Gillis-Olion

Mrs. Charlotte Privott

Dr. Blanche Radford-Curry

Dr. Roxie Wells 

2022 – 2023 Mr/Miss Alumni winner is Linda Regina Horton

Linda Regina Horton

Ms. Linda Regina Horton, a native of Washington, NC is a 2014 graduate of Fayetteville State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is a member of the Raleigh-Wake FSU Alumni Chapter, serving as the Vice-President.

She is a career Military Officer in the US Army National Guard. In 2001 she deployed to the Baltics in support of the Partnership for Peace Program, and in 2003, she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is currently assigned to the National Guard Bureau in the National Capital Region. Her outstanding achievements are, North Carolina National Guard Association President Award, Numerous Army Awards to include the Army Meritorious Service Medal. She has also made her mark as a trailblazer in being the first in North Carolina to receive the Army National Guard Eagle Rising Award, and the first female Commander of the 440th Army Band. Ms. Horton extends her life beyond the military sector. In her civilian life, she tutors and mentors local students and enjoys participating in read-ins for students and school career day programs.

She received a Master of Science in Management and Leadership and is currently a Doctoral candidate studying Public Administration. She is a member of Kingdom Life Community Church in Washington, NC and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority INC.

She is the daughter of Glenwood & Sue Horton, the mother of Calvin J. Woolard and Brittany M. Woolard and the grandmother of Blake and Carsen Woolard.

Ms. Horton enjoys spending time with family, and participating in community events, traveling, and reading.

Congratulations to the National Alumni Association’s 2022-2023 Alumni Queen, Linda Horton. Our runner-up is Cordelia Howell and Lorenna Garcia-Bochas is our second runner-up.

These Broncos not only made us proud, but they made themselves proud as they collectively raised $63,468.18.

Past Mr/Ms. FSU Alumni

Miss Alumni 2021-22: Robin Boddie-Haggins

Robin Boddie-Haggins

Robin Boddie-Haggins, first born daughter of the late Robert & Jean D. Boddie, is a native of Nashville, North Carolina. A 1974 graduate of Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount, NC., Robin was destined to follow the footsteps of her father who was a proud graduate of Fayetteville State University. She began her undergraduate matriculation at Fayetteville State University and graduated with honors in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Education from East Carolina University and completed further post -graduate work at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The value and love for family and others, traveling, volunteering, entertaining and living a life of servitude, joy and gratitude are just a few of her intentional attributes. Robin and her husband Sidney, are the proud parents of two children and three granddaughters.

Mr. Alumni 2020-21: Mr. Kevin Wardlaw

Kevin Wardlaw

Kevin Wardlaw is a 1986 graduate of Fayetteville State University where he majored in Speech and Theatre. He participated in theatre productions and was the radio announcer for the campus-based public radio.

Kevin was a scholarship athlete playing football and running track for the Broncos and was inducted into the Fayetteville State Hall of Fame in 2007. He pledged Omega Psi Phi in the fall of 1983. He served as the basileus for the Delta Gamma chapter and was Omega Man of Year for the Charlotte Alumni chapter, Pi Phi. He has been a photojournalist for WCNC for the last 32 years. Kevin is an active member of his church, Memorial Presbyterian in Charlotte and is a proud husband and father.