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VP for Advancement announced

Michael J. Pratt will join NC Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, N.C.— North Carolina Wesleyan College has announced the appointment of Michael J. Pratt as Vice President of Advancement and Strategy.  Pratt, who is currently serving as the headmaster of Rocky Mount Preparatory School, will assume this position on July 1, 2012.

In his new role at the college, Pratt will direct alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and ongoing strategic planning. “We are fortunate to be getting an educator of Michael’s quality, experience, character, and respect in the community,” said NCWC President James Gray.

“As a highly successful graduate of Wesleyan, he has a special understanding and commitment for our mission.  As we become fully immersed in our new capital campaign in 2012 and beyond, Michael will be a champion for this school and a partner for me and our fundraising team.”

The Office of Institutional Advancement is responsible for generating financial support for the private liberal arts college that currently serves approximately 1,450 students.  Tuition covers only a portion of the total cost of a student’s education; therefore, the college relies on generous donors and fundraising efforts to help close the tuition gap.  In addition, funds are used to support the operating budget and to meet capital needs of the growing institution, which is housed on 200 acres near Rocky Mount with satellite facilities in Goldsboro, Research Triangle, and Wilmington.

Support for Wesleyan comes from many sources, including alumni, businesses, corporations, foundations, and friends.  Pratt and his team in Institutional Advancement will be responsible for nurturing these relationships to encourage continuous support for the changing needs of college.  According to its website, “Wesleyan is striving to build a strong financial base that will enhance its current quality of education and ensure ongoing excellence for future generations.”

Pratt expressed enthusiasm for his new role at NC Wesleyan. “Returning to my alma mater is very important to me,” he said.  “I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Rocky Mount Prep and am proud of all we have accomplished over the past 7 years.  However, I am looking forward to this new and exciting challenge.  There are many great things on the horizon for the future development of NC Wesleyan…for teaching, learning, and the physical plant.  I want to be a part of making that bright future possible.”

Pratt graduated from NC Wesleyan in 1966 with the Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and earned the Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University in 1972.  He began his 45-year career in education as a teacher and coach and later moved into administration to serve as headmaster at 5 different private schools, joining Rocky Mount Prep in 2005.

Under his leadership, enrollment at the K-12 charter school has increased from 775 to 1,100.  The school attained SACS accreditation, academic opportunities have expanded and student achievement has improved.  In 2011, the NC Department of Public Instruction awarded the title of School of Distinction and the Washington Post recognized Rocky Mount Prep as one of the Best High Schools in the nation.

Actively involved at Wesleyan in the years since his graduation, Pratt currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Strategic Planning Committee, Days for Wesleyan Committee, and the Alumni Association.  He will resign from the Board when he joins the staff in July.

Gray said, “We have been very impressed with Michael Pratt’s accomplishments at Rocky Mount Prep and are gratified by the love, volunteer time, and donations that he and his wife, Barbara have given to Wesleyan for many years. We are honored to have him join our team.”