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Dillard alumni honor Stitt

By From staff reports
Published in News on October 21, 2012 1:50 AM

Dillard-Goldsboro Alumni & Friends Inc. recently renamed and dedicated a building on its headquarters campus in honor of one of the organization's founding members.

The former North Building was renamed Neal A. Stitt Building during ceremonies Oct. 14.

A successor to Professor Hugh Victor Brown, who had the vision more than 57 years ago to bring alumni together on an annual basis during Memorial Day weekend for celebration and fellowship, Stitt served as a charter member and executive secretary/treasurer for many years. He was part of a team to write the first alumni constitution, to receive a charter from the state, and to gain federal status as a 501-C non-profit organization.

Under his leadership, four out-of-state chapters (Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.) were organized. He also was influential in the purchase of the East End School site, which is now the headquarters for Dillard/ Goldsboro Alumni & Friends Inc.

Stitt was a teacher in Goldsboro City Schools for 31 years and two a principal for two years. He also served on the Board of Education for Goldsboro City Schools for 12 years, two as its chairman.

He has served on other boards and commissions in Wayne County, and brought together singers from churches and schools throughout the county to sing "The Messiah" each yuletide for 30 years.

The Neal A. Stitt Building houses suites and rooms for local sororities, fraternities, civic organizations and graduation classes.