Denning Becomes Member of UMO Foundation

Denning Becomes Member of UMO Foundation


MOUNT OLIVE- George Robert “Bobby” Denning is the latest person to become a member of the University of Mount Olive Foundation Board.  The Foundation, which was formed in early 2004, has been active in its efforts to raise funds for the University.

Denning is a lifelong resident of Wayne County and has been in business in Mount Olive for over 44 years.  While Denning is largely self-taught, his keen business sense and innovative ideas have allowed him to create and manage the daily operations of no less than three corporations.  Over the years, Denning has been the recipient of several business awards including the 1982 State Small Businessman of North Carolina award presented by then Governor James B. Hunt.

“The University of Mount Olive Foundation is honored to have Bobby Denning join our other directors to raise resources for the promotion of the transforming mission of the University of Mount Olive,” stated George Kornegay, chair of the UMO Foundation Board.  “Mr. Denning brings a wealth of talent, contacts, and passion that will aid our efforts.  The members of the Board of Directors have proven themselves to be able business and community leaders that are willing to give back to this institution that is making a real difference in the lives of a rapidly increasing student population as well as the region as a whole.”

The UMO Foundation Board currently has 24 members, including well-known business leaders such as; Robert L. Bob Greczyn, retired CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of NC; Bill Bryan, president of Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc.; Darrell Horne, CEO of Horne Moving Systems, Inc. and chairman of the UMO Board of Trustees; and George Kornegay, manager of The Kornegay Company LLC.

The purpose of the Board is to find alternate sources of funding and equipment for a variety of programs and projects addressing the needs of a growing University of Mount Olive.  The Board of Directors are expected to play a critical role in providing the University of Mount Olive access to key philanthropic, corporate, civic and governmental decision-makers, while serving as ambassadors to further the mission of the University.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit