William Peace University Receives Grant for Raleigh Fellows Liaison

Gates Foundation Funds Position at Four-Year Baccalaureate University to Support Leadership Development and Training Program for Students

Raleigh, NC, April 29, 2012 --(PR.com)-- William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that it has received a grant to establish Elizabeth Talley, M.Ed., as a Raleigh Fellows Liaison who will support the local leadership development and training program for the larger campus community through the end of February 2013. Working primarily with those identified as Raleigh Fellows, who are Raleigh residents currently enrolled in the university, Talley will work to ensure students are connected on campus and are receiving academic support by joining with various other Student Services offices, such as Career Services, Financial Aid, Student Activities and Learning Services. The goal of the program is to increase the post-secondary completion rate of Raleigh Fellows members. The position is funded through a Gates Foundation grant received by William Peace University along with NC State University, St. Augustine’s College, Shaw University, Meredith College and Wake Technical Community College as part of the six institutions’ participation in the Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative project.

Talley is the director of tutorial services at William Peace University, where she has worked since 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her master’s degree in education from NC State. Talley has a passion for working with at-risk students and conducting outreach and academic coaching.

Raleigh Fellows are a target group of students on each campus in the Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative project. The goal of the program is to increase the chances for Raleigh students’ retention and encourage them to complete their education and prepare for success in the workplace. It connects to programs in place on the campuses and explores new ways to meet Raleigh students’ needs. For more information, visit http://raleighpromise.org/fellows.

“Raleigh Fellows is one of the most respected development programs in our community, and we are proud to receive support from the Gates Foundation to install a liaison who will work on our campus on the program,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “We look forward to the contributions that Elizabeth will provide in making next fall’s session an enriching, empowering experience for recent graduates participating in it.”

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About William Peace University:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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