Yates Honored at University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- During the University of Mount Olive Alumni Celebration Day, Alumna Nancy Yates of Pink Hill was given the Dianne Brown Riley Distinguished Service Award.  The award was presented to Yates for her participation and leadership in activities that promote the advancement of UMO Alumni Association.  The award was presented by Alumnus Keith Williams from the class of 1992.

Yates graduated from UMO (formerly Mount Olive College) in 1989 with a degree in religion.  She is a retired from Lenoir County Public Schools where she worked for 23 years as an administrative assistant.  She currently serves as a substitute teacher with Wayne County Public Schools.

In nominating Yates for the award, one of her former students and fellow alumni said, “Nancy is always very fair, friendly and efficient in everything that she does.  She is an encourager and she uses all of her gifts and talents while serving on the Alumni Board at the University of Mount Olive.  Over the years Nancy has given countless hours, efforts and service to the institution with its mission always close to her heart.   Nancy truly is an outstanding person, public servant and example of what every alumnus should strive to be.”

Yates is married to Tom Yates.  They have 1 child and two grandchildren.  Yates attends Pink Hill United Methodist Church.

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 old.umo.edu.