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Long-Time Board Member Neeley to Head GU Alumni Association

by Rachel Heston-Davis Long-Time Board Member Neeley to Head GU Alumni Association

A familiar face joins GU to help alumni stay connected to their alma mater. Dewayne Neeley ’98, long-time member of the Alumni Board, began his role as GU’s director of alumni and church relations on September 30. Current manager of the Office of Alumni and Church Relations, Cyndi Oglesby '85, will maintain her role, along with administrative support from Pam (Young '83) Taylor.

Neeley came to GU from Western Kentucky University, where he managed the school’s dual credit program. From afar, he kept a close eye on campus happenings through his role as an Alumni Board member. He served on the Alumni Board beginning in 2008, including one term as secretary (2009-2011) and one as board president (2011-2013).

Neeley comes from a large family of GU alumni, including his mother, his wife Franki (Eadie ’97), his sister, and others in both Franki and his families.

“That is one reason why I love Greenville University—a tie to family,” he says. “Additionally, though, I love Greenville because it’s a special place. Special people are drawn to the University, and it is an incubator of lifelong friendships.”

Such lifelong connection to the GU experience is what GU’s Alumni Association hopes to foster. Neeley looks forward to communicating with alumni from many generations, nurturing their ties to the University, and sharing news of life at the University today.

“Times are different than when I was a student,” he says, “but Greenville University is still a special place that offers relevant and valuable learning.”  He particularly applauds the University’s commitment to critical thinking, especially as it pertains to faith.

Neeley experienced personal growth during his own undergraduate years. Course material developed habits of critical thinking and deep reflection about his beliefs. His involvement in student government and other organizations helped prepare him for the working world.

Neeley credits these experiences to “the [small] size of the campus combined with the opportunities that the institution provides students”—two strengths the University still enjoys today as it shapes young minds for the future.

Alulmni and friends of the University can reach Neeley at 618-664-7139 or by email at [email protected].

This story was published on November 07, 2019

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