COBE Honors Dean Craig With Homecoming Surprise

COBE Honors Dean Craig With Homecoming Surprise

Oct. 23 – 30 was a busy week for North Carolina A&T State University; it was homecoming 2016. Activities, events and people abounded. Amid and included in the celebration, the College of Business and Economics (COBE) managed to pull off a surprise presentation to Dr. Quiester “Q” Craig.

Craig was honored for 40 years of service as dean of the former School of Business and Economics, Oct. 28. COBE presented him with a surprise anthology of “Letters of Gratitude” from former students expressing appreciation for the impact he had on their educational and career pursuits through his actions as an educational leader, professor, advisor, mentor and friend.

While giving remarks, Craig joked that he didn’t even know how to dress for the occasion, but someone told him that pictures might be taken so he spruced up a bit. It was evident that he was truly moved and humbled by the presentation.

“This was a surprise,” he said. “It was a labor of love and I’m very fortunate for all of this. Thank you all.”

During Craig’s tenure, N.C. A&T’s business programs received a unanimous vote for undergraduate accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – the premier accrediting agency for academic programs in management and accounting.

“No one can fill his shoes,” said Dr. Beryl McEwen, current dean of COBE, as she shared a few heartfelt moments about Craig.

COBE spent months organizing the surprise and presentation, which was held in Deese Auditorium in Merrick Hall. Tanya Mitchell, alumna and seasoned financial manager, conceived, created and co-produced the event because she credits Craig with jumpstarting her career. Willie Deese, namesake for the auditorium, alumnus and major supporter of the university, including serving as the current chairman of the COBE Advisory Board, was co-producer.