Notable Meredith Alumnae
We believe that all Meredith alumnae are unique and special. Below is a list of women whose exceptional achievements make them particularly noteworthy. If you’d like to recommend an alumna for our list of Notables, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Notable Women Who Have Attended Meredith College
Dorothy Helms, Class of 1940, community leader, wife of U.S. Senator Jesse Helms
Ida Friday, Class of 1941, community leader, wife of former UNC-CH Chancellor and UNC System President William Friday
Betsy Cochrane, Class of 1958, served 20 years in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Sarah Parker, attended 1960-62, North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice
Lucy Allen, Class of 1965, serving fourth term in North Carolina House of Representatives.
Judy Woodruff, attended 1964-66, anchor and senior correspondent for CNN
Jo Cooper, Class of 1967, Group Vice President for Government & Industry Affairs, Toyota Motor North America.
Suzanne Reynolds, Class of 1971, Wake Forest University School of Law professor
Margaret Currin, Class of 1972, first female U.S. Attorney in North Carolina, now professor of law at Campbell University
Pat Nathan, Class of 1974, former Vice President for Diversity at Dell Computer Corporation, Windsor, England. After retiring from the technology industry, Nathan founded the Triangle Chapter of Dress for Success.
Sherri McGee, Class of 1975, Director of NASA’s Workforce Management and Development Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
C.C. Wiggins, Class of 1976, retired after a 26 year tenure in the U.S. Navy, is the first woman and first African American officer in command and support roles in the Chaplain Corps.
Beth Leavel, Class of 1977, an accomplished Broadway actress, who received the 2006 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Silda Wall Spitzer, Class of 1980, Harvard Law graduate, founder of Children for Children, a non-profit that mobilizes the energy, ingenuity and compassion of young people, beginning at an early age, to discover their power and potential to solve real world problems through volunteer opportunities and service learning programs.
Anne Huffman, Class of 1981, Progress Energy Vice President for Human Resources.
Gretchen Holt, Class of 1989, founder of Cookies for Kids Cancer, a non-profit that uses cookie sales to raise awareness and money to support pediatric cancer research.
Marcia Vickers, Class of 1983, financial journalist, contributing editor, “Fortune Magazine.”
Clarky Davis, Class of 1996, personal finance expert known as “the Debt Diva” who provides financial advice via her web site, www.thedebtdiva.com, and as an expert in media outlets including MSNBC and ABC’s Nightline.
Jamye Hickman, Class of 2001, owner, PupCentric pet products company. She also recently completed the engineering psychology Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech.
Alicia Baucom, Class of 2005, coordinator, Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, a non-profit that works to secure four-year scholarships for Afghan women to study at American universities.