Campbell names Charles Ayscue, Elaine Marshall 2014 Distinguished Alumni

Left to right: Campbell President Jerry Wallace, Charles Ayscue, Elaine Marshall, and Doug Jones, Campbell’s assistant vice president for alumni relations. (Photos by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK — The Campbell University National Alumni Association honored Charles Franklin Ayscue and Elaine Marshall as the university’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Friday night during the annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner Friday in Marshbanks Dining Hall. Ayscue is the chief financial officer of the Mission Health System, and Marshall is North Carolina’s secretary of state. 

Charles Ayscue

A 1973 graduate of Campbell, Ayscue has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Mission Health System since 2007. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, MHS is the sixth largest health system in North Carolina. Before that, he was the CFO of the University of North Carolina Health Care System for 20 years.

For the past several years, Becker’s Hospital Review has named Ayscue to its list of the nation’s top “125 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.”

He has also served on several boards, volunteered with many charitable organizations, and received numerous honors, including North Carolina’s coveted “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” in 2013.

He and his wife, Dr. Lanier Hasty Ayscue, a pathologist and emergency medicine physician, have two adult children: Franklin M. Ayscue II and Brandon L. Ayscue.

Elaine Marshall

A 1981 Campbell Law graduate, Marshall was the first woman elected to a state-wide executive branch office in North Carolina. She has been the North Carolina Secretary of State since 1997.

Before being elected to the position, she was a state senator, representing N.C. District 15 (1993-94); chair of the Harnett County Democratic Party; and president of the Democratic Women of Harnett County. In the 1970s, she was the national secretary of the Young Democrats of America.

Before entering politics, Marshall was a partner at Marshall & Marshall and Bain & Marshall. She also has been a teacher, co-owner of a book and gift shop, and an owner of an interior design firm.

Marshall has received numerous awards during her career, including the 4-H Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the N.C. Association of Educators’ Women’s Equality Award, and the Triangle Business Journal’s 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business.

She received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Campbell in 2008, when she also delivered the university’s main commencement address. She’ll deliver Campbell Law’s commencement address during its spring graduation on May 8, 2015.