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. 

FSU 30 Under 30

30 Under 30

Inaugural cohort applications accepted beginning Summer 2021!  

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 

Past Families of the Year:

2018- The Brewington-Sansbury Family 

2017 -The Miller-Gillespie Family

2016- The Patterson 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

Mr. Alumni 2020-2021

Kevin Wardlaw

Mr. 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.

2021 – 2022 Mr./Ms. FSU Alumni Contestants

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.

Dr. Cathy B Waddell

Dr. Cathy B Waddell


Dr. Cathy B. Waddell is a retired high school principal who gave a combined 30 plus years of service to Cumberland County and Sampson County Schools as a teacher, media coordinator, assistant principal and principal. She is a community activist working formerly with the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Human Relations Commission as a member and as Chair for two consecutive terms. Dr. Waddell graduated high school from E. E. Smith Senior High (Golden Bulls), Bachelor of Science in English from Fayetteville State University (Broncos), Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University (Eagles), Master of School Administration from Fayetteville State University (Broncos) and Doctor of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (Sharks). Born to Luther and the late Doris Boykin and stepdaughter to Bonnie Boykin, Dr. Waddell is married to Cornelius (Neil) Waddell, mother of Korey Gay (Charity) and the late Sunshyne Gay Jacobs and granddaughter, Brooke Love Jacobs and grandson the late Allen Luther Jacobs.

Karee Brown-Jones

Karee Brown-Jones


I am Karee Brown-Jones, a 2019 graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Currently, I am a secondary mathematics teacher at Wilson Academy of Applied Technology in Wilson, N.C. In addition to teaching, I am currently working towards obtaining my master’s in higher education. While at FSU, I served as a model for others to follow while staying determined, dedicated and loyal to my education at FSU. My passion as a life-long learner is to respect the roles and responsibilities that each individual plays as a connected and engaged citizen of diverse communities. I love organizing programs to encourage and enhance the academic achievement of students of multiple backgrounds. It is without question that I feel I uphold the beliefs and principles of our beloved university.