Dr. Leroy Purdie - Board of Trustees Chairman

Dr. Leroy Purdie is a former member of the United States Army.  He spent more than twenty years as a coach, teacher and mentor of Soldiers.  He was selected over his peers to serve as the senior enlisted manager of an organization with 381 personnel at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.  As a Command Sergeant Major he directed and facilitated daily operations, and managed complex organizational problems.  He instructed bi-weekly staff professional development training, and career management training.  He also facilitated classes on situational leadership, personnel progression, and workplace diversity.    

Dr. Purdie began instructing college courses in 2004 while serving at Bagram Air force Base in Afghanistan.  He taught noncommissioned officer classes focusing on leadership, stress management, and career development.  In 2005 he began facilitating online college courses with Western International University.  He facilitated courses related to critical thinking and human resource development.  In 2008 Dr. Purdie joined the University of Phoenix Savannah Campus.  He served as an Area Chair for more than a decade with the university.  He oversaw and taught business courses in Strategic Planning and Public Administration areas.  

Dr. Purdie earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina.  He earned his master’s degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Purdie earned his Doctor of Education from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.                                                                                                        


Dr. Purdie is a human resources and business consultant.  He specializes in issues related to customer service improvement, conflict resolution, and dealing with difficult employees.  He serves as an executive coach for businesses requiring guidance with detailed business solutions.  He is a state registered mediator and routinely facilitates discussion between litigants from the Chatham County Magistrate and Superior Courts.  Dr Purdie routinely serves as a substitute teacher for the Chatham County School System.

Annie L. Walker - Vice Chairwoman

Annie L. Walker is a native of Elizabethtown, NC and graduated from East Bladen High School in 1985. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Excelsior University, a Master in Education, Touro University (Summa Cum Laude) and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager.

Annie served in the United States Army as a Financial Manager in a variety of positions and in various locations to include two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Annie obtained the highest enlisted rank, Command Sergeant Major. With Annie’s stellar career, she earned numerous awards and decoration; the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (8th Award), Meritorious Unit Award (2nd Award) and German Schützenschnur Badge (Bronze) to name a few. Annie is the recipient of the Nathan Towson Medallion (Leadership Award, ANCOC) and a Distinguished Member of the Finance Corps Regiment. She is an honorary member of the Adjutant General Corps and is a recipient of the COL Robert L Manning Achievement Medal. She is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Morales Club and the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. Annie is also a member of the illustrious Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc, She takes great pride in serving the community.

Culminating her career, she served as the Commandant of Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Jackson, SC and finally, the Command Sergeant Major of the Finance Corps and Financial Management School. After 32 years of honorable active service, she joined the ranks of the truly retired. Annie takes great pride in serving her community.

Mr. Roland T. McKoy

Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is proud to announce Mr. Roland T. McKoy after having served as our first headmaster has been elected to the Board of Trustees. Mr Mckoy served as the headmaster of PBLA for six years. Mr. McKoy has held numerous positions in education in his career. He has served as Elementary School Counselor, Elementary School Principal, High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Interim Superintendent. With his impressive background Mr. McKoy brings years of expertise to Paul R Brown Leadership Academy. As the first Headmaster of PBLA he is more than qualified to make the dream of PBLA a reality. Serving as Superintendent of Bladen County Schools he managed a school district with over 5000 students PreK-12, 30 schools, 800 plus staff members, and a budget of more than 55 million dollars. He developed a district-wide school accountability system including school quality reviews, school progress reports and a data dashboard. He developed a matrix for ranking facility needs and created a Superintendent’s Standards Review Committee to reduce costs. As Superintendent of Bladen County Schools he developed programs that closed the math, and reading achievement gap in grades three to eight, between economically disadvantaged and not economically disadvantaged students. Under his leadership the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and not economically disadvantaged students also was closed in Algebra I and English I high school students. Mr. McKoy holds a Bachelors of Arts from Fayetteville State University, a Masters of Education, in Guidance & Counseling from North Carolina A&T State University and a Certification in Administration from Fayetteville State University. Mr. McKoy belongs to the NC Association of School Administration, the Association for Supervisor and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the NC Principal and Assistant Principal Association, the Bladen County Hospital Board of Directors, and the Bladen County Department of Social Service Board of Directors. Mr. McKoy's dedication has earned him the Wachovia Principal of the Year award three years and the Bladen County Administrator of the Year award.

Robert Mckoy, Jr.

Robert McKoy is a native of Elizabethtown and currently resides in Fayetteville, NC.  Robert served in the United States Army from 1988 to 1992.  While serving on active duty he fought with the 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Just Cause.  Robert earned various medals and awards including the Army Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Panama), the Air Assault badge and the Expert Marksmanship badge.  He finished his military career in the United States Army Reserve.  He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1992 to 1996.

Upon returning home, this Army Veteran and former Future Farmers of America member pursued his passion for trucking and logging.  Following his entrepreneur spirit Robert decided to start a business in his hometown of Elizabethtown.  Today he is the owner of three businesses.  Robert is the owner and operator of RMJ Logistics.  RMJ offers trucking service, truck pressure washing services, major truck maintenance and repair.  Deciding not to rest on his laurels Robert formed Mckoy's Logging Company, LLC.  McKoy’s Logging Company specializes in land clearing and thinning of small or large tracts of land.   Robert then became a timber dealer when he started Riverside Timber Company.  

Although a very busy man, this husband and father still serves his community churches and schools every chance he gets.  He believes in giving back whenever possible.   He still finds time to be an active member of the Cape Fear Lodge 300 of the Masonic Order where he also serves as the Worshipful Master.   He is also a member of the Shriners lodge of Maxton, NC

Joyce McLaughlin

Rev. Joyce A. McLaughlin was born and reared in Elizabethtown North Carolina. She was educated in the Bladen County School System. She attended Bladen Central High School and graduated from East Bladen High School class of 1974. She continued her education at Fayetteville State University where she graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Joyce is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.  She later continued her studies in Business Administration from Bladen Community College. She managed Shoe Show Incorporated business in Elizabethtown for 28 years. She is currently the pastor of Savannah Temple AME Zion Church. She has been pastoring for over 29 years. Joyce is a member of the Bladen Ministerial Alliance. She has received two Pastors of the Year Awards. She has also served on the Board of Evangelism, The State of the Church, the Board of Necrology, and is presently Chairwoman of the Caper Fear Conference of Ministry of Kindness. She also serves as Secretary of the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy Board of Trustees.

Dr. Jack Albert

Jack H. Albert, Jr. is currently retired and the President Emeritus of St. John’s Northwestern Academies (formerly St. John's Northwestern Military Academy) in Delafield, Wisconsin, a position he assumed in July 2004.  Albert led the Academy in two capital campaigns raising over $43m and establishing an annual fund raising program securing $1m per year.  In his time at St. John’s Northwestern, enrollment took taken a defined upswing and strategic planning by the Board of Trustees positioned the Academy well as it entered the 21st. Century.  

Dr. Albert holds a teaching degree in Social Studies and History from Glenville State College in West Virginia and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialty in Counseling from Virginia’s James Madison University.  He undertook Advanced Graduate Studies from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and has done additional graduate work at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Albert’s course work at Virginia Tech, was in Educational Leadership.  He was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry in Educational Leadership from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia in 2014.


Dr. Albert has had significant experience in a variety of community functions serving his fellow citizens in such roles as Vice Mayor, Fire Department President, and as Director of several boards including his hospital, the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America in three separate districts across the country.  Albert has also served on the Boards of Higher Education and Ministry of both the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ.  He was a founding Board member of the Virginia Commission of Ministry to Persons with Handicapping Conditions for the United Methodist Church, Virginia Annual Conference.  The Albert’s members of the Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Albert has authored several articles about young people, military education, and fund raising.   He is a popular speaker as founder and President of The Albert Education Group a consulting firm focusing on issues surrounding youth motivation and leadership. He provides training for school leaders in the areas of governance and fundraising.  His other interests include cycling, the study of history, and writing. (He is a member of the Civil War Roundtable, and is proud of his membership as Chaplain of the lower Cape Fear organization of the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as a member of the Society of the Descendants of Survivors of Valley Forge)