Four-Year Baccalaureate University Honors Alumna
For Her Lifetime Accomplishments In Tennis
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera, a 1985 graduate, will be inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 27 for her lifetime participation in and dedication to the sport of tennis. Presently the director of marketing, membership and special events for the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) of North Carolina, Hodges Barbera joined the Peace Green Giants tennis team in 1983 following four years as a tennis player for Henderson Vance High School in Henderson, N.C., where she attained status as the N.C. High School Athletic Association State singles champion in 1981 and 1982. Recruited by former Peace College President S. David Frazier, Ph.D., and coached by the late Ruth Hopkins, she quickly became Coach Hopkins’ No. 1 singles player and was named an All-American Athlete by the National Junior College Athletic Association for Flight #1 Singles in 1984.
After helping the Giants maintain a winning legacy and graduating from Peace with an Associate of Arts degree, Hodges Barbera transferred to NC State University, where she attained a career doubles winning percentage of .737 and lettered in 1986-1987. During that year, she led the Wolfpack women’s tennis team with 16 wins in singles action, including a 6-1 record against Atlantic Coast Conference competition. Hodges Barbera contributed to a 16-3 slate in doubles that included three wins in the ACC tournament. In 1991, she received the North Carolina Junior Tennis Council Award given in honor of John Peddycord for contributions to N.C. Junior Tennis. Eight years later, Hodges Barbera was named a Mary Milam Lifetime Achievement Award winner for outstanding contributions to tennis in North Carolina. In 2008, she earned the Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award for extraordinary spirit in growing the game of tennis in the USTA Southern Section.
As an involved and engaged alumna, Hodges Barbera remains a sports enthusiast and an active member of the William Peace University Pacer Club, supporting the women’s tennis team and the athletics program. She remains a dedicated member of her class committee, helping raise funds through gifts made to The Loyalty Fund, the university’s annual fundraising campaign, and as a reunion coordinator.
“I am truly humbled to be an inductee into the William Peace University Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Hodges Barbera. “I will always hold dear the memories I have of playing tennis and the outstanding educational experience I received on this campus. All the loving care and support this institution has shown me over the years is much appreciated, and I have tried to return it in kind with contributing my part to assist the university in providing those experiences to its future student population.”
“We are pleased to announce that Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera is the newest member of our Athletics Hall of Fame,” Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “She is a deserving honoree, as her career in tennis has been exemplary, and her accomplishments at this university remain impressive. We congratulate her on receiving this worthy honor and joining an illustrious list of previous winners.”
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.