Howard Scott Serves as Interim Director of Alumni Relations at University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive has appointed Howard F. Scott as interim director of Alumni Relations.  Scott fills the position vacated by long-time University of Mount Olive employee Dianne B. Riley who served the College for 38 years in a variety of capacities including director of Admissions and for the past 14 years as director of Alumni Relations.

Scott, who has served on the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees since 1978, is taking a leave of absence from that position to assist the College in transitioning to new leadership in the area of Alumni Relations.

According to Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kevin J. Jean, Scott will serve as interim director for a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of 180 days.  During this time Scott will prepare a strategic plan for the Alumni Office that will outline how the office will move forward in serving the needs of alumni.  Some of the areas will include providing outreach opportunities to engage alumni, establishing professional group connections in the cities closest to the College’s seven geographically distributed locations in eastern North Carolina, and expanding affinity programs to name a few.

“Howard is really being generous with his time and talents to assist us in this transitional period,” Jean said.  “It’s very important that more alumni become participatory in terms of what we are doing.  So, we are taking our time to find just the right person that will have ideas and synergy, and who can connect with the Institutional Advancement Office in terms of donor relations.  We need someone who can be fully engaged with the Alumni Board and recognize that being part of alumni means being part of the College in every component – working together to meet the mission and vision of this institution throughout the twenty-first century.”

Scott recently retired from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service where he worked for 35 years.  Throughout his career he has earned numerous awards including the Order of the North Carolina Long Leaf Pine, North Cooperative Extension Leadership Award, Dalton Proctor Award for Outstand Leadership in 4-H, RJ Reynolds Award for Outstanding Extension County Program, City of Goldsboro Individual Humanitarian Award, and Outstanding Alumni Award from University of Mount Olive Alumni Association.  Most recently he was inducted into the NC 4-H Hall of Fame.  Scott is a 1974 graduate of University of Mount Olive where he earned his associate’s degree.  He earned his BS degree in agriculture education and his MS degree in adult education both from NC State University.

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