Pattillo alumni to sponsor annual events


Dr. Leroy E. Bynum Jr.


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The W.A. Pattillo High School National Alumni Association Inc. will sponsor its Winter Gathering and annual Fellowship Brunch on Feb. 22-23 at Edgecombe Community College’s Tarboro campus.

Dr. Leroy E. Bynum Jr. will perform in concert at the Winter Gathering at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Keihin Auditorium at ECC.

A Tarboro native reared on the former East Baker Street, Bynum is a 1972 graduate of Tarboro Senior High School and an honorary graduate of W.A. Pattillo High School, Class of 1972.

He currently serves as dean of the College of the Arts and professor of voice and opera at Portland State University.

Bynum, a lyric tenor, has appeared as a recitalist and soloist throughout the United States, South America and Europe. He has sung operatic roles with the Opera Company of Bahia, in Salvador, Brazil, the Munich Opera Company, the German States Opera in Berlin, the Lyric Opera of Salzburg, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Opera, Orlando Opera, North Carolina Opera and the Godovsky Opera Workshop.

Bynum has received performance certificates from the Mozart Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria and the Berlin Conservatory in Berlin, Germany.

The fourth annual Fellowship Brunch will feature keynote Speaker Dr. Herbert Exum at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Thomas S. Fleming Center at ECC.

A Tarboro native reared on the former East Baker Street,. Exum is a 1967 graduate of the former W.A. Pattillo High School. A retired professor and coordinator of the Counselor Education Program at the University of South Florida in 1998-99, he also served as Fulbright Professor of Education at the University of Joensuu in Finland.

Exum has over 30 years of clinical experience, having served as a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. He served as a clinical supervisor and psychotherapy group leader at the Raleigh Veterans Center offering Veterans Readjustment Counseling Service to male and female combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD.

He has developed a post-graduate certificate in military counseling and published an introductory text on counseling veterans. He has international professional experiences in Manila, Philippines; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Seoul, South Korea; Accra, Ghana; Taipei, Taiwan; Hanoi, Vietnam; Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Joensuu, Finland; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

For more information, visit http://patillohsalumni.webs.com.