It is nice to be able to have higher institutions of learning in Salisbury. It ensures that there will be a diverse group of people in the area and it provides educational opportunities for those who don’t want to go out of town for their education. It also makes Salisbury an option of growth for students who are not from the area who decide to make Salisbury their home. Over 20 years ago, I chose to stay in the area after graduating from Livingstone College.  This is where my career began and continues.  Livingstone led me here, while career opportunities have kept me here.

More than a Degree

Livingstone College is a private, historically black college that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence, and student success.  Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education, and workplace development programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to promote lifelong learning and to develop student potential for leadership and service to a global community.


Anthony Bowman, May 2020 graduate of Livingstone College.


Livingstone College produces leaders such as Anthony Bowman, a native of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Anthony stated, “I attended Livingstone because of the family dynamic that Livingstone college possesses.”  He was the Student Government Association President during his senior year where he served the needs of those in the direct community on campus and also those in the Rowan-Cabarrus community.  Anthony embraced the history of the institution and found joy in seeing the support of alumni associations.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology in May 2020 and plans to relocate to Virginia where he will begin his career as a science teacher. 

Scholarship. Character. Culture. Service

Catawba College is a private institution committed to providing students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation. Catawba College draws strength from Judeo-Christian values, sustains a dynamic community of learners and seeks to unite a diverse population of students, faculty and staff as active co-participants in scholarship and service. Catawba College prepares students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens with a zeal to enrich human life.


Jessica Pautz, May 2020 graduate of Catawba College.


Jessica is a 2020 graduate from Catawba.  She is originally from Monroe Township, New Jersey but has lived in Mooresville, North Carolina for the majority of her life.  “I chose to attend Catawba College because I wanted to go to a small school.  I wanted to have that “family feel” that I had in high school.  Jessica indicated that she loved the atmosphere and the fact that professors really cared about you. “You weren’t treated as a number, like some big schools.”   Jessica persevered throughout her time at Catawba.  She faced some challenges, but because she focused on herself and made new memories with new people, she was able to overcome those challenges.  “I pushed myself to make a good name at Catawba.  I can proudly say, I have grown so much because of it,” expressed Jessica.  Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a Communications major and Theatre Arts and Marketing minors.  She interned with Miller Davis in Salisbury, North Carolina for part of her first semester of senior year and became their Digital Marketing Coordinator last November. Her future goal is to work for Buzzfeed or any entertainment industry involving communications and advertising down the line.

A Higher Calling

Hood Theological Seminary is a graduate and professional school sponsored by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (A.M.E. Zion), approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church, and dedicated to the education and preparation of men and women for leadership in the various ministries and vocations of the Christian Church.

Donna Cuthbertson is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina and attended Livingstone College to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Donna chose Hood Theological Seminary because it is close to her home and she loved how small and diverse her classes were.  Some of Donna’s most memorable moments were being told by her Professor of Homiletics, that preached one of the best sermons of her academic career, and graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2020. Donna expressed that she had some challenges while obtaining her graduate degree.  Donna stated, “It was difficult sometimes keeping up with assignments, but one thing I know is that all the glory belongs to the Lord for all He allowed me to do. I’m grateful.” Donna currently serves as the Pastor of Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Linwood, North Carolina.


Donna Cuthbertson, Salisbury native attended both Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary.


Prepared and Ready to Work

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College opened its doors in 1963 to meet the need of having a technical education institute in the community.  The community has been very supportive as Rowan-Cabarrus Community College prepares individuals for careers in approximately 40 programs of study in business, health and public services, and industrial and engineering technologies. The college also offers an Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts and Associate in Science degree programs for those students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Mahogany Koontz, also known as Mo, is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina. She attended Rowan County Early College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, earning her high school diploma and Associates in Arts degree. “My future college plan is to go to Xavier University of Louisiana in the fall to major in political science and a minor in film making,” explained Mahogany. Mahogany also has future career plans of becoming a Political Affairs officer in the United Nations. My favorite memorable moments at RCEC will be doing the baking soda experiment with my science teacher Mr. Patton. “I did have some challenges at the beginning with losing friends, because people were taking different pathways, but I learned that’s what comes with growing up,” Mahogany expressed.


Salisbury native, Mahogany Koontz, attended Rowan County Early College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.


Livingstone College, Catawba College, Hood Theological Seminary, and Rowan Cabarrus Community College are institutions of higher learning that add value to our community.  All of them provide an environment where students are embraced and encouraged to become the leaders that we need in today’s society.