Who We Are

In 1985, seven local volunteers, under the aegis of the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce Community Development Committee, explored the possibilities of encouraging local youth to pursue education beyond the high school level. Armed with five thousand dollars’ seed money provided by First Citizens Bank, the Alleghany County Educational Foundation, Inc. was about to embark on what would prove to the impetus for a remarkable future in our small, rural mountain community.



Rita M. Woodruff President
Una Lee Lindh First Vice President
Russell Sheets Second Vice President
Karen Leys Secretary/Treasurer

Board of Directors


Chad Beasley Jeff A. Cox, Ed.D.
Robert Black Bob Irwin
Kimberly Brown Betty Jo Long
Clarence Crouse James Moxley
Margaret Crouse  
Duane Davis  
Dennis Gambill  
Evelyn Hash  
Frances Huber  
Beth Lyon-Smith, MD  
Walt McMillan  
Suzanne Irwin, Ed.D.  
J. Sidney Miller  
Susan D. Murphy  
Warren Taylor  
George White  
John Wishon  
Jay Woodruff  

Post Office Box 33
Sparta, North Carolina 28675

phone: 336.372.8991, 336.372.4755
fax: 336.372.4204

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