The Elizabeth City branch of the National Association of University Women honored its three 2014 Women of the Year at a dinner Saturday evening at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
The Rev. Vonner Horton, Jean Moore Sims and Dr. Anne White were honored for their contributions to the community.
“The focus of the NAUW has manifested itself in the hard work and dedication of your branch and our sisters, (Horton, Sims and White),” said NAUW Southeast Sectional Director Jacqueline Green in the event program.
A former educator, Horton is currently senior pastor of New Oxley Hill Baptist Church in Merry Hill, N.C.; founder of Sisters in the Spirit, a ministry to uplift women; founder of the Joint Covenant Christian Alliance, a fellowship of pastors and churches dedicated to the ministry and to personal development; and a member of the Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees, among other positions, according to the program.
Horton said she was humbled and grateful to have been among the honorees selected.
“Looking at these ladies, I know how they’ve pioneered (and) the successes they’ve attained,” Horton said, expressing appreciation that she was selected by “a caliber of women like this.”
She added that she welcomes the fact they saw a “light” in her, and hopes “God will get the glory in it.”
Horton said she is proud of the work being done to better ECSU, and appreciates “that we still celebrate the legacy of women that have matriculated through that university.”
White was also grateful for the recognition as a Woman of the Year.
“It feels wonderful,” White said, noting that she hopes she has served as a role model for young students.
White, the youngest of five children, was the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree; her parents owned a farm in Alabama and neither even had high school diplomas, she said. She then went on to earn her master’s and doctorate degrees.
White worked at ECSU from 2003 until 2010, when she retired as an assistant professor, but has served as an adjunct professor at the university since that time. She is a member of the Hertford Town Council and of Zeta Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated and was recently elected to the board of education in Perquimans County.
Previously, as director of vocational education with the Perquimans County Schools, White created Pioneering Success and led students on rope course adventures, leadership camps and college visits, according to the program.
Sims was unable to attend the celebratory event, but according to the program, is a retired human resources professional who has served on numerous boards and with many local organizations.
Sims held various positions at her alma mater, Elizabeth City State University, including adjunct professor of business, director of human resources for nine years and equal employment officer for 11 years. She is the NAUW treasurer, as well as president of the Northeastern North Carolina Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated, and assistant secretary for the North Carolina State Coalition of the same organization, according to the program.