Top Professional – Mildred Summerville Who’s Who Directories

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Wilson, NC  WW/ Press/May 18, 2017 –Mildred Summerville, retired administrator Wilson County Schools and CEO/Founder, J & L Summerville Academy, Summerville Promotion & Production Company and TALL 1 Outreach Ministries was selected for inclusion in the forthcoming Top Professional of North America 2017 edition of The Who’s Who Directories.

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The accomplishments and achievements attained by Dr. Mildred Summerville, in the field of Spiritual Education Entertainment Services warrants inclusion into The Top Professional of North America. Playwright and producer Dr. Mildred Summerville’s masterpiece, “Award-Winning Gospel Play, Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child,” (available on is a must-see play. Through faith in God, one family acquires the strength and courage to endure insurmountable challenges. While the production is ultimately a moving drama and a sidesplitting comedy, it is invariably an inspirational dramatic narrative written for both young and old.

This Award- Winning Gospel Play, “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child,”  has been nominated a  second time for its outstanding theatrical performance that was held at the River Center in Columbus, Georgia on January 23, 2016, leading cast member, Pastor Shirley Caesar and the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC on November 5, 2016, leading cast member, Le’Andria Johnson.

Currently, Dr. Summerville’s play is under the new directorship of Trina Jeffrie, the Queen of Gospel Comedy and a native of Dallas, Texas. Jeffrie’s breakout character, Sister Cantaloupe has become a household name in the gospel community. She also portrays a dual role in “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child” where she depicts: Grandma and Grandma’s feisty sister – Sister Cantaloupe. Throughout this gripping and engaging dramatic piece, a woman simply known as “Grandma” (Trina Jeffrie, a Gospel Awarding Winning Comedian) serves as the pillar of her family’s foundation and its entire context.

Dr. Mildred Summerville is recognized as a contributing author of the book entitled, Mr. President: Interfaith Perspective on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama (pp. 224-226). The launch of the book was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 12, 2017. Inclusion in this particular text is an accomplished honor, as this book’s longevity will historically document the book’s title,  Mr. President.

Dr. Summerville, recognized during the following years of  1996, 1997, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as a leader in the North America Business Community, authenticates her perseverance and her vision for success in the greater Wilson, North Carolina Municipality.

Additionally, in 2017 the Directors of the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who honored Dr. Mildred Summerville for her visionary accomplishments in the area of Spiritual Education and Performing Arts. The 2015-2016 Edition of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who documents Dr. Mildred Summerville as a distinguished member of the top 100 honorees for that particular year.  Further, The National Association of Professional Women honored Dr. Summerville for her outstanding leadership, commitment, as well as for her profession development of “The Summerville Promotion and Production Co., where she serves as founder CEO. Additionally,” in their 2011-2012 edition, the Directors of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who, a New York based biographical publication, announced Dr. Summerville’s inclusion in their publication lauding her as the Writer/Producer of her play:  “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child. To this end, Summerville became recognized as an honored member of The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who, in the 2010-2011 special edition.  As an extension of her vast accomplishments, Summerville was included in the Who’s Who, 2010-2011 Edition as CEO/Principal of J&L Summerville Academy.

Finally, Dr. Summerville is listed as an honored professional in the National Directory of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, 1996 -1997 Edition.

Dr. Mildred Summerville earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1975.  She earned her Masters of Education degree from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and her Principal’s Certificate in Educational Administration from East Carolina University in 1985. Summerville received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Interdenominational Bible Institute in Lawrenceville, Virginia, in 2011.

During her career, Summerville has served as a coach, athletic director, lead teacher, curriculum specialist, and a member of accreditation visiting committees. In addition to her tenure as an educator, assistant principal, and principal, Summerville also designed and developed her very own successful after-school program. Dr. Summerville is active in a variety of professional and civic organizations (including Phi Delta Kappa, the Principals/Assistant Principals Association, the Wilson Multicultural Business Partnership, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Fayetteville State University Chancellors Club, and Darden Trojan Athletic Heritage Association, just to name a few).

According to Dr. Summerville, two of her greatest accomplishments during her tenure as an administrator lie in her establishment of a community-based nonprofit organization called Teaching Academics for Life Learning I Outreach Ministries, (TALL1-OM) and receiving the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Barack Obama Administration. “Who would have thought that my volunteering and professional and personal community services would have warranted a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award?”

Some of her volunteer services were rendered at J&L Summerville Academy, Teaching Academics for Life Learning I Outreach Ministries, Summerville Promotion & Production Company, and Wilson Idol.  TALL 1 is based on a nickname bestowed upon Summerville by the Recording Artist and her Pastor the Reverend Shirley Caesar (Queen of Gospel) alluding to Summerville’s six-foot stature.  The organization was created to promote educational and multicultural awareness, and to address the various community issues that seemed to hinder students’ academic success (drugs, crime, poverty, etc.), spawned both the James and Leanther Summerville Academy and Project Excel Summer Camp Program.  J&L Summerville Academy, named to honor Summerville’s parents, is a community -base school serving suspended students from Wilson County Schools, which offers them an opportunity to continue their education in a noninvasive environment.  Wilson Idol is an event that honors a person who is greatly venerated in his or her community and epitomizes outstanding talent. This event showcases performances exhibited through song, instrumentation and the spoken word.  Wilson Idol opens the doors for many participants and exposes them to the greater Wilson Community and beyond. Correlated with the Wilson Idol Talent Show,  launched the initiation of  The Tall One Champion’s  Awards.  Tall One’s Champion’s Award Program honors individuals for their hard work, perseverance, and meritorious contributions to their communities. The chosen honorees have impacted their communities through various  initiatives such as the performing arts, community services, education, and outreach ministries.

“As founder, principal, and CEO of these organizations, I was determined to see them succeed and I dedicated my time and my sincerest efforts to this vision.”

Dr. Summerville is an active member of Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh where she serves as an Armor Bearer for Pastor Shirley Caesar.  During her association and work with the renowned gospel artist, Summerville realized an additional gift–a zeal and talent for concert promotion.  Since 2001, she has worked to promote at least a dozen concerts, including Save a Youth Concert and these concerts were headlined by Pastor Shirley Caesar, Bishop F. C. Barnes, FSU Gospel Choir, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, the Williams Brothers, Tracy Worth, Harvey Watkins, Troy Sneed, the Sensational Nightingales, Neal Roberson, and Leanne Faine.  Summerville had the honor of planning, coordinating and promoting the crowning ceremony of Pastor Caesar as the Queen of Gospel.

Committed to making a difference, Dr. Summerville ministers to others through her many talents and strengths and she touches lives in a variety of positive venues. She continues her Entrepreneurship Programs and tries to assist students in defraying the cost of higher education. The programs were designed to provide an opportunity for Wilson County youth to earn money while teaching them valuable marketing skills. Through Summerville Promotion and Production Co., Dr. Summerville is using her award-winning gospel play, “Spare the Rod Spoil the Child” as a marketing tool that provides an opportunity to sell DVDs that document her production.  Dr. Summerville provides an opportunity for future entrepreneurs to learn the business of monitoring sells. Under the tutelage of Dr. Joe Dudley, participants learn about commercialism and with the use of the latest techniques, technology and social networking tools, students acquire first-hand marketing skills at no cost to them. Dr. Summerville also stresses the important of performance accountability and communication, specifically interpersonal skills that strengthen entrepreneurs and their desire to succeed in several areas of life in general.

Dr. Summerville was one of 27 heroes across the country that was singled out for their work in their community. WIDU Radio & TCP Magazine honored her 9/8/13 as a Hometown Hero for Wilson, North Carolina. She was recognized for her unselfish service to the community. Summerville has brightened the lives of so many by feeding the hungry minds and intellectual deficits of the youth.

At the current, Dr. Summerville’s dream is to volunteer as a liaison between the schools and community and try to ensure the success of the students (via parent conferences, study skills, tutorial programs, test preparation, etc.). “I am a retired administrator and I know what teachers, principals, and parents experience as students evolve through schools. I would like to be a supporting entity, serve as an advocate for students, and provide a win-win situation where we all can learn to appreciate success.  My services will be free and by appointment only.

The Who’s Who Directories, a New York based biographical publication company, distinguishes and profiles leading professionals who demonstrate recognizable success and leadership in their field. The directory is valued for promoting awareness of individual accomplishments and achievement within the North American community.

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