Arthur School awards first scholarships

Devon York, right

The College of Business (COB) and the Thomas D. Arthur Graduate School of Business have announced the inaugural recipients of the Thomas Arthur Graduate Business Military Scholarship.

Devon York, C/Capt., AFROTC, plans to graduate with a degree in management in May 2023, shortly after he receives his official commission as an Air Force officer May 6. William “Joe” Spurlin, U.S. Navy E-5, also plans to graduate in May 2023 with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in supply chain management.

“I am already accepted to be an acquisitions officer in the U.S. Air Force, where I can use the resources and information I learned from the College of Business,” said York, a Jacksonville, North Carolina native. “In fall of 2023, I plan to start my Arthur MBA while I am on active duty in the service.”

York joined East Carolina University’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in spring 2019 and has completed the Air Force officer qualification test. He says he joined the COB to enhance his leadership ability to be the best officer possible. “The information I have attained from the College of Business has given me the head start I need to better my abilities for my career in the service,” said York.

William “Joe” Spurlin

Spurlin currently works as an electronics systems manager in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He’s pursuing a supply chain career path because “it offers numerous opportunities for entry and growth.”

“Earning an Arthur MBA will teach me the core concepts needed to progress in my career in supply chain management,” said Spurlin, a Greenville native.

When asked why he chose ECU for his education, Spurlin said, “Whenever I’m on campus, I remember the many memories of the university: my mother taking me with her when she registered for classes and watching coaches (Steve) Logan and (Skip) Holtz lead the football team. Being a student ties all the memories together.”

About his plans, Spurlin hopes his Arthur MBA will advance his career once he earns a position in the civilian sector.

“The Arthur School is thrilled to have two accomplished individuals entering our MBA program,” said Dr. Linda Quick, assistant dean of the Arthur School. “We are proud of our ability to serve the military community well and look forward to hearing about Devon and Joe’s future career paths.”

The value of the scholarship is $2,500 each.

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