TARBORO — In 1981, former students of the Tarboro Colored High School, the W. A. Pattillo High School, and the Princeville Elementary School gathered for their first reunion and in 1983, the alumni association obtained its state charter and was incorporated as the W. A. Pattillo Alumni Association. Since the inception of the alumni association approximately $100,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded to area high school seniors to attend four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States of America.
At its annual meeting on July 30, 2011, new officers were elected with Dr. Fred S. Wood, Jr. selected as the new president. This article introduces Dr. Wood to the Tarboro community.
Although Dr. Wood is a native of Tarboro, he has been a resident of Greensboro, NC, since 1970. He is married to the former Janette Jackson of Greensboro and they have two daughters, Anita and Stacia. They also have a twelve year old grandson, Zenret.
Dr. Wood received a Bachelor of Science degree and two Master of Science degrees from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. He went on to earn a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
From 1967 to his retirement in 2002 he served as an active duty and reserve Army Officer, a teacher and administrator in the Guilford County Schools, and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he also served as the Assistant Dean for the School of Education.
Dr. Wood is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, and served as a reviewer for the Kappa Delta Pi Record.He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, served as a past president of his Rotherwood Community Organization, is a past member of the Executive Board of the General Greene Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and presently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Providence Baptist Church in Greensboro.