UMO Board Makes Resolution to Honor Longtime Board Chair Darrell Horne

UMO Board Makes Resolution to Honor Longtime Board Chair Darrell Horne

MOUNT OLIVE – During its most recent meeting, the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees presented C. Darrell Horne with a resolution acknowledging his extended years of service as chairman of the Board. Horne relinquished his title of chair in December to UMO Alumnus Earl Worley.  Horne will continue his service on the Board as a member of the Business Affairs Committee.

Horne’s affiliation with the institution began in the mid-1960s when he was a student.  He has served on the UMO Board since 1986 and as chairman since 1997.  He previously served as secretary and vice chair. He has been a part of the student development committee, executive committee, and the committee on trustees.

During his tenure on the Board, the institution has expanded its main campus to include Raper Hall, the Communications Building, Pope Wellness Center, the Byrd Building, and four new residence halls.  The institution has changed its status and name from Mount Olive College to the University of Mount Olive, and it has begun offering master’s level programming.

“Rarely do you have an individual who has served in so many leadership capacities on a Board of Trustees, and Darrell has been a good and faithful servant-leader to the University,” said Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter, president of the University.  “He has provided strong leadership to the Board, and I have valued the opportunity for us to work together on behalf of this fine university.”

Horne has been the president of Horne Moving Systems, Inc. for 43 years. He is also an active member of Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church.  Horne is married to Anne E. Horne.  They have 6 daughters and 13 grandchildren.

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

(L-R)  Earl Worley, current UMO Board of Trustees chair, presents a framed copy of the Board Resolution to Darrell Horne, former Board chair.