On behalf of the Institutional Advancement Office, we would like to extend an invitation
to the entire Ferrum College community to join us for the second Spring Semester Executive
in Residence Speaker.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 11:15am | Blue Ridge Mountain Room, Franklin Hall |
Alfred "Al" Midgett '79 | Author, Founder/CEO of The Noblemen
Al Midgett is an author, founder of The Noblemen, and father of a miracle son who inspired an entire grassroots movement to change
lives and empower others to do "Noble Deeds."
Midgett received a bachelor of social work in 1979 from Ferrum College. After three
unsuccessful years of trying to start their family, he and his wife Margaret received
the good news that they were expecting a child. Their son was born 17 weeks premature
with very low odds of survival. After four months in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit), their tiny son came home on Midgett’s birthday. The family faced insurmountable
debt of over $560,000 and had no health insurance but friends and neighbors came
to their aid.
In his effort to “balance the gift” and show his appreciation of all the help he and
his wife had received, Midgett formed The Robin Hoods of Virginia Beach. This small group grew to over 300 members over 17 years and performed
many good deeds for others. After learning that their chosen name was owned and trademarked,
the group was renamed The NobleMen in 2006.
The NobleMen example has evolved into a philanthropic model for other communities and benefits
deserving children in need as well as participants and donors. The organization has
since grown to include NobleWomen, NobleTeens, NobleKids and even NoblePets.
Midgett’s specialties are leadership, community service, branding, event organization,
writing and public speaking. In 2012 he published his story in a book entitled Normal to Noble - a fun and engaging manual for nonprofits. In October 2013 Midgett was honored by his alma mater and received the Ferrum College
Distinguished Alumni Award which recognizes a graduate who has made significant contributions
to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have exemplified
the spirit of Ferrum College’s motto, “Not Self, But Others”.