Fulbright to lead N.C. WMU
February 1 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Fulbright to lead N.C. WMU | Friday, Feb. 1, 2002

Friday, Feb. 1, 2002

Fulbright to lead N.C. WMU

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

Ruby Jones Fulbright, president of North Carolina Woman's Missionary Union (WMU-NC) for the past three years, will soon step into the executive director-treasurer's role. Fulbright received a unanimous affirmation from the 35-member WMU-NC executive board on Jan. 26.

The position has been open since former executive director-treasurer Irma Duke took a position at Campbell University in July 2000. Katharine Bryan, retired executive director of the Tennessee WMU organization, has worked as interim executive director since October 2000.

The WMU-NC organization includes more than 200,000 members. It encompasses the work of Mission Friends, Girls in Action (GAs), Acteens, Women on Mission and co-educational mission groups.

Fulbright is a native North Carolinian, educated at Mars Hill College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She currently lives in Greenville, where she is director of discipleship and missions at Immanuel Baptist Church. Her husband, Ellis, serves as director of missions for the South Roanoke Association.

The Fulbrights were Southern Baptist missionaries in Zambia for 12 years (1974-86). Fulbright said her commitment to missions goes back to her involvement as a child in GAs and as an adult Acteen leader.

Fulbright has been active in WMU leadership since returning from Zambia, having served on the WMU-NC executive board since 1988. She was vice president from 1995-99, when she was elected as WMU-NC president. State presidents automatically serve as vice presidents of the national WMU organization.

She has also been actively involved in Baptist State Convention (BSC) partnerships in South Africa, East Africa, Brazil, Alaska, Massachusetts and New York.

In accepting the position, Fulbright said, "This organization is all of us. Success does not depend on the characteristics or abilities I have, but on what we do together."

Jim Royston, executive director-treasurer for the BSC, said he was pleased with Fulbright's election. "I know the future of WMU is in good hands," he said. "Ruby is a wonderful leader, a supporter of N.C. Baptists, and has been a great blessing to serve with as president of WMU. I am excited about the continued partnership we enjoy with WMU and look forward to expanded opportunities for cooperation."

A search committee made of executive board members recommended Fulbright for the position. To assure that the search process would be saturated in prayer, Fulbright said each member of the executive board had made a commitment to pray for the committee's work between 9-10 p.m. every Wednesday evening and to solicit three other people to do the same. Committee members expressed confidence that Fulbright is the right choice.

Fulbright will serve out the remainder of her term as WMU-NC president. A new president will be elected at the annual WMU-NC meeting April 19-20, and she will begin her responsibilities as executive director-treasurer on May 1.

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