Tyler Endowed Memorial Education Scholarship Established
from left: Cameron Cummings, Sierra Lewallen and Chris Brown.
Seated from left: Wilbert Tyler, Alice Tyler, Mary Locklear and
Earl Locklear. Standing from left: Debbie Chavis, Lisa Hunt, Brittaney
Tyler, Brent Tyler, Carol Tyler, Chancellor Meadors, Mike and
Michael Lewallen, Betty Brown, Darlene Cummings, Teresa Lewallen,
Ashley and Laura Bradley.
Mitch Tyler will
be remembered for working tirelessly on behalf of children as a career
educator and Superintendent of Hoke County Schools.
Tyler's legacy was
honored in June when his family established the Mitchell Tyler Endowed
Memorial Education Scholarship at The University of North Carolina at
A Red Springs native
and UNCP graduate, he was 46 when he died on March 2, 2002. Mr. Tyler
also served as program director in the UNCP School of Education and
was an employee of the State Department of Public Instruction.
"He was a fine
man," said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors at a recent ceremony announcing
the creation of the Memorial Scholarship.
"I am honored
that the Tyler family has chosen to establish this endowment,"
Dr. Meadors said. "We will do everything in our power to make sure
this scholarship serves Mitch's memory the way he would have wanted
and to make sure his name is always remembered in higher education."
a scholarship, Tyler's wife, Carol, said she hopes others will be given
the opportunity to participate in her husband's vision.
"He did not
want anyone to sit back and complain about the things that should have
been," she said. "He was a firm believer in 'excellence and
equity for all.'"
Dr. Zoe Locklear,
dean of the School of Education, said Tyler's job, along with many statewide
education committees he served on, never seemed to distract him from
what, he was going to advocate and come down on the side of what was
right for children," she said. "I cannot tell you how his
death has shaken up the world of education. I didn't know anyone who
didn't think the world of Mitch Tyler."
In a recent ceremony
at UNCP honoring Mr. Tyler, State Superintendent Mike Ward said he was
a valuable asset to public education in North Carolina.
was my friend and colleague," said Dr. Ward. "The people who
mattered most to Mitch Tyler were the most vulnerable of children."
He leaves a son,
Brent Mitchell Tyler a daughter, Brittaney Carol Tyler, his wife, Carol
Locklear Tyler, his parents, Wilbert and Alice Tyler and four sisters
Betty Brown, Laura Bradley, Darlene Cummings and Teresa Lewallen. Darlene
is employed at UNCP in the Office of Student Activities.
He was a 1978 graduate
of UNCP and also earned a Master of Education from the university. He
was working on his dissertation for his doctorate in education at UNC
Recipients of the
scholarship will be residents of Robeson or Hoke counties who have been
admitted to the UNCP School of Education and must maintain a minimum
of university standard Q.P.A.
To contribute to
the Mitch Tyler Endowed Memorial Education Scholarship, please contact
the Office of Advancement at 910.521.6252.
An endowed scholarship is a permanent investment, which generates an
annual scholarship from its income.
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