UNC Pembroke alumni living in the Washington, D.C. area gathered at the Virginia home of Carl and Charlotte Peed on October 17 for a reception to meet Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and his wife, Rebecca.
A Hamlet, N.C., native, Carl Peed is a 1969 graduate and former star basketball player at UNC Pembroke. He is a member of the UNCP Athletic Hall of Fame and an NAIA All-American. The Peed family welcomed the Cummings and other friends of the university to their home as Chancellor Cummings shared his vision for the university and the important role of alumni.
"During my first few months as chancellor, I have been impressed with our many alumni friends and their dedication to our university. I am amazed at the stories many alumni tell me about how their paths from UNCP have led to incredible opportunities and success in life,” said Dr. Cummings.
Peed has had a long and distinguished career in local, state and federal law enforcement. He worked in the George W. Bush Administration as director of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in the Justice Department.
Peed was also the elected sheriff of Fairfax County in Virginia and was appointed director of the Department of Juvenile Justice for the state of Virginia.
UNC Pembroke’s Vice Chancellor for Advancement Wendy Lowery explained how "the instant sense of camaraderie among our attendees was evident and their passion for an institution that has made a lasting impression on their lives is incredibly inspirational.”
Success, Peed said, can be attributed to many things and for him, and some of those things happened at UNCP. He has remained loyally connected to his alma mater. In 2005, he established an endowed scholarship for the basketball program in honor of his parents.
Chancellor Cummings stated: “Carl and Charlotte Peed were generous in opening up their home and allowing alumni and friends in the Virginia/D.C. area to connect and reminisce about their time at the university. Our alumni and donors play a key role now and in the future of our university, and I look forward to every opportunity to spend time with them.”