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2018 Achievement Awards

William Roley Jr, PhD (65)  Ronnie Hawkins  
William Roley Jr, PhD
Class of 1965
Ronnie Hawkins
Class of 1974
Glendal Jenkins  
Glendal Jenkins


WILLIAM ROLEY, JR, PhD (65) - World-renowned environmentalist. After his time at Surrattsville, during which he participated in numerous extra-curricular activities, Bill was a member of the charter graduating class at the University of California at Irvine where he was in the Student Government and Academic Senate, and played varsity basketball and crew. Bill then was selected to participate in the Chapman University World Campus Afloat program - the semester at sea program -- as a graduate teaching instructor. Bill received his Master's degree in Anthropology and Psychology, and his PhD in Social Sciences, Anthropology and Psychology, all at UC Irvine.

Bill's international teaching and consulting work combines the disciplines of anthropology, biology, architecture, engineering, agriculture and ecology to address the challenges of providing for human needs while maintaining ecosystem health. Food, waste, water, energy and shelter designs are his areas of expertise. In addition to numerous other teaching and consulting positions, Bill was a member of the core faculty at the Center for Regenerative Studies at California Polytechnic University.

Bill led the Ecological Restoration certificate program at Saddleback College, created a Healthy Watershed series for Orange County and a landscape and composting ordinance for Irvine, developed wastewater nutrient cycling strategies for Malibu, served as a watershed planner in Aliso Viejo, designed the Laguna Hills Leisure World yard waste composting project and the Ecology Farms vermicomposting site in Temecula, and has consulted on integrated green waste management projects for the Counties of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura. As a California Department of Water Resources watershed consultant, he was in charge of consensus democracy stakeholder building from Los Angeles to the Mexican border, and as a Resource Manager for the Thousand Oaks Ahmanson Ranch development he created water harvesting, flood control and habitat restoration master plans to respect the diversity and complexity of the surrounding ecosystem.

Examples of Bill's international work include the design and installation of agroforestry and sustainable/edible landscapes for orphanages landscape in Tijuana, Mexico and in Porte Alegre, Brazil. He worked on an ecotourist biopreserve for the American Society of Landscape Architecture and Pronatura in the Yucatan, Mexico and at El Pilar, Belize for the University of California Santa Barbara Mesoamerican Institute. Bill has received numerous awards for his environmental work and is the founding director of the Permaculture Institute of Southern California and co-founder of the Eos Institute and its environmental journal Earthword. Bill has authored numerous publications in the environmental area.

RONNIE HAWKINS (74) was a force to be reckoned with during his time at Surrattsville on the Hornet championship wrestling teams. He maintained high grades despite working in the evenings and on weekends at the McDonald’s in Clinton. As a senior, Ronnie was offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland but chose instead to earn an AA in Business at Prince George’s Community College and then attend the McDonald’s Hamburger University.

A truly exceptional career followed. Ronnie advanced in the McDonald’s organization step-by-step. His first big promotion was to serve as Operations Manager and Director of Operations. Success in that position led Ronnie to the job of Home Office Director where he worked with both franchises and corporate employees. His problem-solving acumen then led to him becoming Division Ombudsman. Before Ronnie retired he had reached the level of Vice President and National Ombudsman of one of the largest and most-recognizable corporations on Earth. In his final role with McDonald’s, Ronnie provided internal mediation and conflict resolution between the company and franchisees and corporate employees.

GLENDAL JENKINS (Former Faculty). Glen touched and inspired hundreds of students during his long career as a chemistry teacher at Surrattsville. During that career, Glen operated an antiques store near the Capitol and worked in the first wave of “citizen contractors” who restored townhouses in the then outer-reaches of Capitol Hill in D.C. In this latter role, Glen provided employment to Surrattsville students, arming them with valuable building industry and life skills.

Glen retired to his native North Carolina, but continued his work as an antique furniture restorer and dealer and a renovator of townhouses in Wilmington. In recent years, Glen has been central to the revitalization of the once sleepy town of Atkinson, North Carolina. His work began with the purchase of a former elementary school building that he turned into a major antiques auction “destination” and the renovation of his home, the Johnson-Pridgen House, to its original glory. Glen’s work breathing new life and excitement into Atkinson was featured in the December 2017 issue of the magazine “Salt: The Art & Soul of Wilmington.” The article, entitled “Home for the Holidays: An Antiques Road Trip to a Christmas Country House,” mentions Glen’s teaching career, and notes that he “restored a whopping 17 houses in the D.C. area” before retiring to North Carolina. The article provides fascinating historical and decorating detail about -- and many beautiful color photographs of –Glen’s historic home in Atkinson. The article notes that “Jenkins restored this house to the era of its glory and, while he was at it, elevated the entire town. He started the historical society, restored the library, and has researched and documented the rise and fall of the original 100 acres that blossomed into this picturesque railroad town and blueberry boomtown.” The article goes on to report that “At one end of Atkinson sits a large and well-preserved brick high school designed in 1924 by Wilmington architect Leslie Boney at the height of Atkinson’s population boom. Jenkins bought it. [After 14 months of restoration it] opened with a black tie auction and has held antique auctions on the first Saturday night of the month ever since.” The article reports that crowds of 100-150 attend the monthly events, “that the lights of the schoolhouse are still the brightest lights for miles on a Saturday night,” and that Glen maintains a museum room in the schoolhouse that documents the town’s history. The article can be accessed at the magazine’s digital archive at