2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards

2021 Recipients

Dr. Michael Goodman, ’04
Bernard McLeod, ’45
Dr. Shean Phelps, ’92

Dr. Michael Goodman (’04)

Dr. Michael Goodman is a 2004 graduate of Campbell University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy before receiving his Master in Divinity from the Chandler School of Divinity at Emory University, and his Master and Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Goodman has a storied career at the University of Texas Medical Branch where he served as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor, and now as assistant professor. He also serves as their Global health program site director for Maua, Kenya.

Goodman is widely recognized for his research in strengthening health systems to improve HIV treatment, the effects of adverse childhood experiences on population health, causes of family and community violence, and conducting community-based interventions to improve the welfare of vulnerable children and families in sub-Saharan Africa. Goodman is the founding president and executive director of Sodzo International, a non-government organization in Meru County, Kenya that seeks to improve the lives of children, their families, and communities.

Over the course of his career, Goodman has authored an impressive list of scholarly publications in several well-regarded academic journals. He is a reviewer for multiple health journals as well as an academic/review editor for the International Journal of Public Health and PLOS One Scientific Journal.

Goodman resides in Texas with his wife, Dr. Lauren Raimer-Goodman and two children, Lilly (10) and Jude (8).

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Bernard McLeod (’45)

Mr. Bernard McLeod graduated from Buies Creek Academy in 1945 before attending Campbell College. He subsequently completed his Bachelor of Science in Business at Wake Forest University, and went on to teach and coach high school baseball and basketball in Harnett County.

McLeod has a rich history with Campbell dating back to his childhood home which stood on the current site of the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. During his time attending Campbell College, he played basketball and baseball, and has since served on the Board of Trustees for two terms and became a Life Trustee in 2018. He received Campbell University’s Alumni Service Award for his contributions to the community.

McLeod has had successful careers as an automobile dealer, insurance agent, tobacco purchaser, and real estate developer. He has served as President of the Fuquay Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Fuquay–Varina Town Planning and Zoning Board, and President of the Fuquay Lions Club. He is also a member of the Philomathean Literary Society.

McLeod is an active member of the Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church where he has served as chairman of the Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, and Finance Committee. He and his late wife, Virginia, are parents to two sons: B. Franklin Mcleod, III and W. Stewart McLeod, and grandparents to five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. McLeod’s granddaughter, Hilary graduated from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in May 2021.

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Dr. Shean Phelps (’92)

Dr. Shean Phelps served ten years as a Senior Non-commissioned Officer in the United States Army’s 5th and 3rd Special Forces Groups as a weapons, senior medic, and operational detachment sergeant before earning his Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Campbell University in 1992. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University (Bethesda, MD) before earning a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas (Galveston, TX).

Lieutenant Colonel Phelps completed over 15 highly classified combat deployments in Europe, Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition, he flew over 80 combat flight hours, completed two residencies, and later directed numerous critical Department of Defense research and development projects focused on combat injury prevention. Retiring after 30  years of active duty in 2011, he accepted a position as the Medical/Technical Director for the Georgia Tech Research Institute, leading its health technology R&D efforts while holding dual appointments as an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech and Emory University’s School of Medicine. Phelps has authored scholarly publications in several peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals, is a co-author of the textbook Fundamentals of Aerospace Medicine, and is the co-holder of a patent on a traumatic brain injury assessment technology (DETECT™).

After a brief “retirement,” Dr. Phelps was selected as the Associate Scientist for the Exploration Medical Capability Element of NASA’s Human Research Program at Johnson Space Center. He helps lead advanced medical system design through the development of risk-informed, earth-independent decision-making processes aimed at preserving human health and performance during beyond low-earth orbit “return to the moon”/future Mars surface, exploration class spaceflight operations.

Dr. Phelps currently resides in Ennis, Montana with his wife, Julia where he enjoys hiking, skiing, and fly fishing/guiding.

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