North Carolina educator honored by Campbell University

Buies Creek, N.C.—Dr. James Ellerbe, a well-known North Carolina educator, received Campbell University’s School of Education’s Lifetime Achievement award at the school’s convocation ceremony held Friday, Feb. 11.

A retired Johnston County Superintendent of Schools, Vice President for Business and Treasurer for Campbell University and member of the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges, Ellerbe has held pivotal positions in North Carolina education at both state and local levels. In addition, he was chairman of the North Carolina Textbook Commission and director of the North Carolina School Boards Association.

During his tenure at Campbell as Vice President for Business and Treasurer, Ellerbe worked closely with the School of Education and served as an adjunct instructor in the school’s graduate program after his retirement in 2005.

A graduate of East Carolina University, Ellerbe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social studies and English in 1956. He went on to receive both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in education from North Carolina State University. Ellerbe also received certification from the Government Executive Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ellerbe and his wife Helen are residents of Clayton, N.C. and active members of the Clayton First Baptist Church. Ellerbe has also served in leadership positions with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the Johnston County Baptist Association.

The School of Education’s annual convocation service recognizes both new and transitioning students, alumni and friends of Campbell University who have made outstanding contributions to the school.

Ellerbe received the award for lifetime achievement from Dr. Samuel Engel, assistant dean and Director of Graduate Admissions for the School of Education.


Photo Copy: Dr. James Ellerbe, left, receives the Campbell University School of Education’s Lifetime Achievement award from Dr. Sam Engel, assistant dean and Director of Graduate Admissions for the School of Education.(Photo by Bennett Scarborough)