MOUNT OLIVE — During the University of Mount Olive Alumni Weekend Dr. Opey Jeanes of Mount Olive was named an Honorary Alumnus of the University. To be eligible for designation an individual must be instrumental in the advancement of the University of Mount Olive or the community, render outstanding service by going beyond the call of duty and be distinguished through personal or professional accomplishments.
Jeanes’ experience as a college administrator spans 52 years of service including 34 years at UMO in all phases of college planning, accreditation, operations, and development, with special interests in the area of academic administration and accreditation. He was instrumental in Mount Olive College transitioning from a two-year to a four-year institution specifically related to comprehensive curriculum development. Jeanes led the helm of the University’s Seymour Johnson location for 22 years designing and delivering educational programs and services for military members and families. His extensive experience in regional accreditation includes service on more than 30 evaluation committees. Jeanes is the recipient of numerous civic and professional awards, but the most prestigious is one of North Carolina’s highest honors, the Order of the Longleaf Pine.
Jeanes holds a B.A. in chemistry from Atlantic Christian College, an M.A. in chemistry from George Peabody College and an Ed.D. in college administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Jeanes and his wife, Jenny, have three grown children, Dale, James, and Paul.
“Having grown up in the Original Free Will Baptist Church and having a sister who graduated from Mount Olive College in 1959, I have had an interest
in this institution throughout its history,” Jeanes said. “I never thought of my 34 years of employment at the institution as a job, but rather as a ministry. I consider this award a high honor and I am most grateful in becoming an Honorary Alumnus.”