Campbell Law School

Elaine F. Marshall, Class of 1981

Secretary of State

State of North Carolina

Secretary Elaine Marshall graduated from Campbell Law School in 1981 after earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. She has served as North Carolina Secretary of State since 1997, and was the first woman ever elected to a state-wide, executive branch office in North Carolina. 

“Attending Campbell Law was a life changing experience for me,” said Secretary Marshall. “Campbell allowed me to develop totally new skills, leading to a challenging and rewarding lifetime, in a small class setting at a caring, faith based university.”

Prior to her current position, Secretary Marshall served as a state senator for the North Carolina 15thDistrict. She has been extremely active throughout her career in many civic groups, especially those in the area of agriculture, economic development in rural areas, child welfare, and women’s issues.  She has also received countless honors, awards, and honorary degrees. 

Before attending Campbell Law School, Secretary Marshall taught in the Lenoir County Public School System, as well as Lenoir Community College and Johnston Technical Community College. Upon receiving her juris doctorate, Secretary Marshall practiced at several firms in Lillington before embarking on her career of public service.