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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.

Leroy Purdie

Board Chairman

Annie L. Walker 

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.

Annie Walker

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.

Roland T. McKoy

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.

Joyce McLaughlin

Board Secretary

Walter Drummond

Christian Lamb

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