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Revamped ASPIRE Program Promotes Directors




Rocky Mount, N.C. – Dr. Evan D. Duff joined North Carolina Wesleyan as Vice President of Adult Education in February and has wasted no time making his mark on the College’s campuses in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, and the Triangle. Duff moved swiftly to change what had previously been referred to as ADP (Adult Degree Programs) to ASPIRE (Adult Student Programs: Innovative, Respected, Engaging), then orchestrated site director promotions for College veterans Saundra Carmichael, Laura Estes, and Annette Everett.



Saundra Carmichael
Saundra Carmichael, Triangle ASPIRE


Saundra Carmichael, who has been with North Carolina Wesleyan for over 13 years, has been promoted to Director, Triangle Campus ASPIRE.  Known for her outgoing and friendly personality, she is thrilled to play an integral part in the adult education process.


“I have nothing but respect for adult education,” she states. “I regularly see individuals whose skill sets are no longer applicable in today’s workforce, and adult education programs like ASPIRE afford such individuals the opportunity to broaden and sharpen the skills needed to fit into today’s world.”

A graduate of Barber Scotia College with a degree in business administration, Carmichael has worn many hats in the Wesleyan community. Beginning with her role as Assistant Director of Academic Services in 1998, she was promoted to director just ten months later. A third position as Academic Coordinator followed, setting the stage for her role as Assistant Director of the Triangle in 2007.

Prior to joining NCWC, Carmichael worked for 11 years at Saint Augustine’s College where she served as Coordinator of the Enrollment Management Information Center, Assistant Registrar, and Project Director for HUD Community Development.


Laura Estes
Laura Estes, Goldsboro ASPIRE


Like Carmichael, Laura Estes has seen her title upgraded to Director, Goldsboro Campus ASPIRE.  Estes is in her 11th year at the College, having graduated from NCWC in 2007 with a degree in business administration. She has served as Assistant Director in Goldsboro for the past five years.


In addition to her Wesleyan tenure, Estes has eight years of experience in several educational-based companies in South Carolina, which includes the South Carolina Department of Education. She has also volunteered time with the Anglia Girl Scouts and American Red Cross, as well as the elementary and middle schools associated with Royal Air Force Lakenheath in England. She, too, has a passion for ASPIRE.

“I’ve witnessed the changes that come over a person when they complete this program, and I’m proud to have been a part of it,” she says, continuing, “My goals are to grow the program by focusing on recruitment at all levels and to ensure our offering of a quality education in a flexible format for working adults.”


Annette Everett
Annette Everett, Rocky Mount ASPIRE


Finally, interim director Annette Everett is now Director, Rocky Mount Campus ASPIRE.  A 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, she joined Wesleyan in 2009 as Community College Liaison and has served as Interim Director of the Rocky Mount campus since last August.


Everett is a 2004 graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a B.S. in Business.  She later completed her M.A. in Human Resources Management at WBU in 2007.  With additional degrees in aviation maintenance and a minor in education and training methods, Everett worked with the USAF as an F-15 avionics technician, craftsman, and instructor.  She echoes some of the same adult education sentiments of her colleagues.

States Everett, “Adult education is so important to a community’s workforce and economic soundness. It’s even more important to the person earning the degree, who is building his/her self-confidence.”

As site directors, Carmichael, Estes, and Everett will serve as liaisons between their respective campuses and the areas that they serve. Among a wealth of responsibilities are student recruitment, staff management, budget monitoring, and creating course schedules. This leadership, coupled with a new “Aspire to Greatness” tagline and logo, has Wesleyan’s Adult Student Programs poised for great things.

To learn more about the College’s ASPIRE program, please visit or call 1-877-876-NCWC (6292).

ASPIRE currently provides accelerated programs for working adults in five-week, eight-week, hybrid, and online formats.  Students who wish to make themselves more marketable in their organizations, careers, or lives in general have the option to earn an accredited degree in a number of fields, including business administration, criminal justice, psychology, religious studies, computer information systems, and education.