- Born in Greensboro, NC of William Ollie Cheek, Jr. and Helen Rachel Grogan Cheek. Surviving family member is Pamela Faye Cheek, sister.
Education and Special Training:
- Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Master’s Degree (M.Div.): highest academic graduate, elected Student Body Moderator/President
- Campbell University: Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude
- NCSU Computer Science, postgraduate study, GPA=3.933 (A=4.0)
- NCSU Pathways Leadership Training graduate
- NCSU Advisor Development Institute certificate
- High School: top five graduate, John Philip Sousa Band and Algebra awards
Work and Life:
- NCSU CHASS 2010 SPA (staff) Award for Excellence winner (one awardee/year)
NCSU CHASS 2014 SPA Award for Excellence nominee
NCSU CHASS 2009 SPA Award for Excellence nominee
CHASS = College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Research, public appearances, and travel throughout NC with a research grant, National Endowment for the Humanities
- International work in Israel and the Philippines: teaching, music direction and performance, administration, conference center and refugee work
- Former professional musician, performer, and speaker
- Descendant of Sir John Cheke/Cheeke (1514-1557): notable as a foremost scholar of the English Renaissance, statesman, and the first Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University who Henry VIII appointed as the primary tutor to heir Prince Edward and daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Appointed Secretary of State by King Edward VI. Under Queen Mary’s rule, he was imprisoned in Tower of London twice. He apparently died as a result of personal distress after being forced to recant protestantism in favor of Roman Catholicism under Queen Mary (or face being publicly burned at the stake). Shakespeare and Milton (Sonnet 11) both pay homage to him as his name had become synonymous with the highest quality of education and learning.
- Sir Hatton Cheeke (also knighted), grandson of Sir John Cheeke, is listed in the 2nd Charter of Virginia (1609) and was killed in England in a duel. Shortly thereafter a relative, John Cheek(e), appeared in Virginia in the early to mid-1600s. Early colonial genealogical records were lost in a courthouse fire.
- Mottistone Manor on Isle of Wight is well-known today as an Elizabethan-era Manor and British National Trust property with lovely gardens. It was a Cheek(e) family residence before and during the Elizabethan-era and later had visits from Queen Victoria, who had a royal summer residence nearby. Mottistone was also the home of the horse portrayed in the WWI movie War Horse (Steven Spielberg, 2011).
- An American Cheek family became prominent by beginning Maxwell House Coffee in Nashville, TN. There have also been ministers, politicians, and an Olympic gold medalist.
- The Grogan line (mother’s maiden name) originates from Ireland, has Irish and Scotch heritage, and immigrated to America in the mid-1700s, earlier than most Irish. Within that line, the Moore line is Scotch-Irish. Ancestors filled medical, ministerial, civil, and educational fields.
- Both the Cheek and Grogan lines have at least one recognized American Revolutionary War veteran.
NC State – Humanities & Social Sciences – Interdisciplinary Studies:
- Student Services Specialist
- Course Scheduling Officer
- Graduation Clearance Officer