1980s Milestones: Alumni Achievements

Reuben Young sit at a judge's bench wearing a judge's robe. A gavel is sitting next to his hands.

Reuben F. Young (B.A. 80), was recently appointed as a judge to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Roy Cooper. Judge Young previously served as a Special Superior Court Judge and Secretary of the former Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. He served in 2012 as the first Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Judge Young’s legal career includes his appointment as Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor of North Carolina.

Tracey Simmons Fisher smiles at camera.

Tracey Simmons Fisher (B.A. ’81) was elected to the Gwinnett County Democratic Party Committee in Georgia and subsequently appointed by the GCDP chair to the position of communications director. Fisher and her team engage and inspire new and seasoned voters across ages, cultures and demographics. They believe that every American has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Sharon Poitier smiles at camera.

Sharon Poitier (B.A. ’82) was recently appointed as Deputy Director of Education in the Bahamas. In this role she will be responsible for curriculum reform. Poitier is committed to providing all children in the Bahamas a quality education.

Iris Drayton-Spann (B.A. ’84) was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Kidsave, an organization that advocates for the adoption of older children growing up in orphanages and foster care. She currently serves as vice president of human resources and organizational development for WETA-TV in Arlington, Virginia.

Shauna Dunnings smiles at camera with shelves of books behind her.

Shauna L. Dunnings (J.D. ’89) was recently elected to the Ingham County, Michigan Probate Court Bench and is the first woman and African American to serve on this court. Prior to being elected, Dunnings clerked for the U.S. District Court, served in private practice and was a county court administrator. Shauna’s investiture was held earlier this year.

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