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Appalachian Alumni Honored at Oct. 3 Awards Banquet

BOONE–The FBI is coming to dinner. So are businessmen from Wilkes and Forsyth counties.

Alan C. Brantley, a criminal investigative analyst with the FBI, Vaughn Hayes, vice president of planning for Lowe’s Companies Inc., and Charlie Murray, vice president of Murray Supply Company in Winston-Salem, are this year’s honorees at the Appalachian State University Alumni Association’s Awards Banquet. Brantley will receive the association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hayes and Murray will receive the Outstanding Service Award.

The banquet will be held Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. Tickets, $22 per person, are available by calling (828) 262-2038.

Alan C. Brantley

As a supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in Quantico, Va., Brantley conducts detailed and careful reviews of case materials from forensic, investigative, and behavioral perspectives. He provides valuable information about crimes and criminals to those requesting the FBI’s assistance.

Brantley has a job many college students envy. He often hears, “I want to do what you do. Where should I go to college and what should I major in,” when he talks to students about his job. “It’s what you do that demonstrates your commitment to the field above and beyond the classroom,” he tells them. “There are a lot of pathways to the National Center.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Appalachian in 1972 and after serving as an officer for three yeas in the Marine Corps, he returned to campus for a master’s degree in counseling, graduating in 1976. While a graduate student, Mr. Brantley worked part time and had an internship in Appalachian’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

After six years as a psychologist for the N.C. Department of Corrections, Brantley joined the FBI.

He worked in Charlotte, New Haven, Conn., and Washington, D.C., where he shared office space with then Vice President George Bush. Brantley was assigned to the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in 1988.

He has assisted with the investigation of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and consulted with the Joint Terrorism Task Force regarding handling and interviewing of al Qaeda detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Other high profile cases include the Freemen separatist standoff in Montana in 1996 and the 1999 case of serial murderer Angel Resendiz, known as the “Railroad Killer.” Brantley was temporarily assigned to the Pentagon following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Brantley and his wife, Betsy Yarboro of Shelby, a 1977 Appalachian graduate, reside in Virginia with their two children.

Vaughn Hayes

Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Appalachian in 1968. Like many Appalachian graduates of that era, he studied to be a public school teacher. For three years he worked as a history teacher and guidance counselor at Wilkes Central High School.

He joined Lowe’s Companies Inc. in 1971 as a millwork buyer. In 1978, he earned an MBA from Wake Forest University. He has worked for Lowe’s for 32 years in a variety of positions. Hayes currently is vice president of store planning and oversees merchandise layout, new store set up and re-merchandising of older stores.

Hayes’ service to Appalachian spans almost four decades. He has been a member of the Yosef Club since it was founded in 1974 and is a former member of the club’s advisory council. He has served the Appalachian Alumni Council as secretary, vice president, president and past president. He is past chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council. He also served on the Centennial Campaign Steering Committee.

He is a member of the board of the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc., and has been active with the Office of Admission’s Mountaineer Volunteer Program, which helps recruit students to Appalachian.

Hayes believes volunteering brings a twofold benefit: to the institution or agency, and to the volunteer. “There is a great deal of pride and satisfaction that comes in contributing to something worthwhile and giving back to a community or institution and knowing a young person may have a better opportunity in life because of your involvement,” he said.

Through his involvement in the university’s fundraising efforts, Hayes

contributed to the success of two important projects in the College of Arts and Science: the Centennial History Faculty Emeriti Endowment and the Lowe’s Distinguished Professorship in Computer Science. He also was involved in the most successful fundraising effort in the university’s history, The Campaign for the Second Century.

Hayes resides in North Wilkesboro with his wife, Frances Hubbard Hayes, and stepdaughters Barbara and Emily Mathis.

Charlie Murray

Murray is quick to extend a helping hand to Appalachian State University.

A 1987 graduate of the Walker College of Business, Murray is vice president of Murray Supply Company in Winston-Salem.

Murray said that while he may never be able to match the monetary contributions of those whose names grace campus buildings, he can contribute in other ways. “I told Ken (Peacock) I could give my time and input in a wide variety of areas in the college and the university,” Murray said. “It’s made me realize that the little things do matter,” he said of his work with the business college. “Because I benefited greatly from my time at Appalachian, I believe it as my duty to see that others have as good an experience.”

Murray has participated in the Annual Walker College of Business Alumni Day for four years, teaching classes and sharing real-world experiences with students. He also has been the featured speaker for the college’s MBA executive skills course.

He has conducted mock interviews with students, further helping them develop skills needed to succeed in the world of business.

Murray is serving a second three-year term on the Walker College of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the council’s curriculum committee lending direction on what classes should be offered to best prepare students for business careers. He also is a member of the Yosef Club and a former member of the Yosef Advisory Board and the Loyalty Fund Advisory Board. He is the Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Scholarship Committee chairman.

He and his wife founded the Charles V. and Beth W. Murray Scholarship for Business. The scholarship is awarded annually to a freshman intending to major in business. It is automatically renewed for the course of the student’s undergraduate career if a minimum grade point average is maintained.

Murray and his wife, Beth Warren Murray ’86, live in Winston-Salem. They have two children: Rebecca and Sam.