Berea College honors “distinguished” and “honorary” alumni during Summer Reunion


During Berea College’s summer reunion in June three alumni and one honorary alumnus were honored by the college.

Terry Allebaugh

Terry Allebaugh

Terry Lee Allebaugh, ‘81, a long-time advocate for providing services to the homeless, and Dr. Wallace Campbell, ‘66, a former dean at Alice Lloyd College and Pikeville College, received Distinguished Alumni awards for their notable accomplishments after graduating from Berea. Frances Rogers, ‘66, received the Alumni Loyalty award for being a loyal financial supporter and ambassador for the college. Retired music professor Robert J. Lewis received the Honorary Alumnus award for his dedication to teaching students at Berea for more than 50 years.

Allebaugh, recipient of a Distinguished Alumni award, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Berea College before attending Duke Divinity School. In 1988, he became the first full-time director of the Community Shelter in Durham, North Carolina, where he began a career of providing services to the homeless and working to end homelessness. In collaboration with community leaders Allebaugh founded Housing for New Hope in 1992. Since then the organization expanded to provide a continuum of services to the homeless, including access to mental and primary health care, re-housing that links homeless families with area landlords and housing development for individuals and families.

A founding member of the Council to End Homelessness in Durham and the N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness, Allebaugh is the current housing chairman for the Durham branch of the NAACP, which honored him in 2010 with a special recognition for working with the homeless.

Born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to Paul and June Allebaugh, he graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1972.

Wallace Campbell

Wallace Campbell

Wallace Campbell, recipient of a Distinguished Alumni award, grew up on a subsistence farm in rural Leslie County, Kentucky, before graduating from Berea College in 1966 with a major in elementary education.  He later earned a master’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University in 1969 and his doctorate in the sociological foundations of education at the University of Toledo in 1972.  Early in his career, Campbell was a public school teacher and principal and director of TRIO programs that helped high school students prepare for college.

As dean at Alice Lloyd College for 20 years, Campbell was instrumental in transitioning that institution from a two-year to a four-year college.  He provided leadership for the development of baccalaureate programs; recruitment and retention of faculty; addition of a new library, classrooms and laboratory facilities; and expansion of scholarships for students to attend graduate and professional school.

As Dean at Pikeville College for 11 years, Campbell was instrumental in accreditation studies including approval for the merger of the college and the School of Osteopathic Medicine.  He also led the development of new majors, academic honor societies, study abroad programs, faculty development, institutional effectiveness planning and the Booth Scholars Program.

He is a trustee of the Frontier Nursing Service and an officer in the Berea Kiwanis Club.  In 2006, Campbell received the Council of Independent Colleges Chief Academic Officer Award. He was recently named Dean Emeritus and awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Pikeville College.

Frances Rogers

Frances Rogers

Frances Rogers, recipient of the Alumni Loyalty award, graduated with an English degree from Berea in 1966 before earning her master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky.

She was named Haywood County Teacher of the Year at the end of her first year of teaching in Waynesville, North Carolina, and elected president of the education association. She was one of three role models selected to participate in a ceremony that launched the new National Teacher Corps at the White House.

Four years later, she began a 12-year stint in reading and staff development as a principal and assistant principal. She attended Western Carolina University and UNC-Asheville to earn certification as a reading specialist and as a school administrator, and graduated from the Principal’s Executive Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  She retired from Hazelwood Elementary School in 1998.

Rogers is actively involved with the western North Carolina alumni club and has been a loyal financial supporter and ambassador for Berea College for many years.

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis, recipient of the Honorary Alumnus award, taught music at the college for 52 years and was the longest tenured faculty member until retiring in 2010. He joined the faculty when he was just 22 years of age and chaired the music department for 17 years.

Lewis holds degrees in piano performance from the Ithaca College School of Music and Louisiana State University. He has also studied at Syracuse University, Boston University, University of Colorado, University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. He is a past recipient of the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching, Berea’s highest faculty honor.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.