Chief of Staff
Dan Kenney has been the chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor since 2012. Prior to 2012, he worked in Athletics at UNC Pembroke, first as a coach, then as athletic director for many years. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from East Carolina University.
As chief of staff, he collaborates daily with members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and other university constituents, serves on several committees and plays a key role in university planning and reporting. He represents the chancellor at community and university functions when the chancellor cannot attend and serves as an advisor to the chancellor and senior administrators. Mr. Kenney also directs the professional staff that reports directly to the chancellor and is an active representative of UNC Pembroke in numerous organizations and events throughout the area.
Dr. Glen Burnette, Jr.
Special Assistant for Constituent Relations
Glen Burnette has worked at UNC Pembroke for more than 25 years, most recently in the position of Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Constituent Relations. Prior to his current role, Dr. Burnette was the vice chancellor for University and Community Relations, the vice chancellor for Advancement, and the director of Alumni Relations. He earned his doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University and has worked in public education throughout his career. He is a graduate of the AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute.
Dr. Burnette is primarily responsible for fostering, supporting and expanding the university’s relationships with federal, state and local elected officials to strengthen UNCP’s ability to achieve its mission. He is the UNCP liaison to State and Federal Relations Councils at UNC General Administration, the North Carolina General Assembly, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, UNC’s Board of Governors, the Town of Pembroke, the local UNC Pembroke legislative delegation and other elected officials. His office also coordinates both winter and spring commencements.
Assistant General Counsel
Kelvin Jacobs joined the chancellor's staff in January 2015 as the assistant general counsel. Formerly with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Mr. Jacobs earned his doctor of jurisprudence from North Carolina Central University. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain.
Mr. Jacobs provides legal advice to academic and administrative offices across campus; reviews, drafts, and negotiates university contracts; and drafts legal documents and memoranda of law. He also assists with matters of compliance with state and federal law; drafts, reviews, and revises university policies and conducts trainings on those polices; and he oversees grievance proceedings.
Kelley Horton became UNC Pembroke’s internal auditor in September 2012 after several years working for the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor. She earned her degree in business with a concentration in accounting from Campbell University.
As director of Internal Audit, she reports functionally to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees and administratively to the chancellor. Her role is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve UNCP’s operations. She also conducts annual planned audits and reviews and assists management with advisory and investigative requests.
Assistant to the Chancellor for Communication and Research & WIC
Lisa Canada is the assistant to the chancellor for research and communication. She has worked as a writer and editor for UNC Pembroke since September 2010, joining the Office of the Chancellor in March 2013. She has more than 25 years experience in communications, research, marketing and public affairs. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from UNC Pembroke in December 2014.
Marla Locklear has worked for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke since 1987, and for the Office of the Chancellor since 2012. She is the primary support person to the chancellor, managing the executive calendar and arranging travel. She also oversees budget requests, including financial transfers, purchases and p-card allocation and serves as the primary point of contact for the office, both greeting and directing visitors and handling phone inquiries. She graduated from UNC Pembroke with a degree in sociology.
Ronette Sutton Gerber
Director, Title IX and Clery Act Compliance
Ronette Gerber became the director of Title IX and Clery compliance at UNC Pembroke in 2014. Prior to this position, she served the university as the associate general counsel. She practiced law privately for ten years before coming to UNCP. She earned a Master of Public Administration and her Juris Doctor from UNC Chapel Hill.
Ms. Sutton is responsible for the administration of policies, procedures and data collection to ensure UNCP's compliance with Title IX federal law regarding sex discrimination from full participation in education programs and the Clery Act, which encompasses disclosure of campus security policy and crime statistics.
Tina Rodgers joined the chancellor’s staff in 2011 and became a staff member in the general counsel’s office in late 2014. She studied mass communication at UNC Pembroke, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2014.
In her position with the general counsel’s office, Ms. Rodgers oversees the university’s policies and regulations, including researching laws and statutes for their interpretation. She also is the recording secretary to the Board of Trustees, ensuring accurate meeting minutes, providing notices of public meetings, preparing resolutions, and maintaining an account of action items.
Dr. Ken Kitts
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
As provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ken Kitts oversees the Division of Academic Affairs, which includes two colleges, three professional schools and the library. He also is responsible for strategic planning and budget oversight, as well as the offices of enrollment, academic support and outreach.
Dr. Kitts came to UNC Pembroke in April 2011 from Francis Marion University after working more than two decades in higher education. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina and has participated in Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management and AASCU’s Executive Leadership Academy.
Dr. John R. Jones, III
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dr. Jones joined UNCP in June 2013 as the vice chancellor for Student Affairs after working in college administration at Purdue University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Northern Illinois University. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Iowa. Dr. Jones has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Student Conduct Administration, the Madame Walker Urban Life Center in Indianapolis and the Center for Academic Integrity. Dr. Jones also served in the Army National Guard for 18 years.
As the vice chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Jones promotes student learning and personal growth by providing strategic leadership and vision for programs, services and opportunities that enable commuting, distance education and residential students to succeed in a diverse and global society.
Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Wendy Lowery has directed UNC Pembroke’s Advancement team since 2011, which includes not only the university’s development staff, but also its Office of Communications and Marketing and the Givens Performance Arts Center. Previously at Fayetteville State University, Wendy has worked for 15 years in the field of development.
She earned her Master of Public Administration from UNC Pembroke. As vice chancellor for Advancement, Ms. Lowery cultivates relationships with alumni, donors and friends to help advance the institution and ensures that the UNC Pembroke brand is widely known.
Director of Athletics
Dick Christy joined the UNC Pembroke team in May 2013, after having worked in athletics for 17 years—most recently at North Carolina State University. He earned his Master of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from NC State and has worked in athletics for 18 years.
At UNC Pembroke Dick is responsible for 16 intercollegiate NCAA Division II sports, eight men’s and eight women’s, and almost 500 student-athletes. His complete profile appears here: http://www.uncpbraves.com/information/directory/bios/Christy_Dick
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Sandy McCullers Briscar, APR, was appointed executive director of University Communications and Marketing (UCM) at UNC Pembroke in June 2012. With a career in higher education administration, she has led communications departments at a number of colleges in the southeast.
As executive director of UCM, Ms. Briscar is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and leads the branding and marketing initiatives of the university. She supervises a staff that encompasses news, publications, videography, photography, and the web; chairs the Integrated Marketing Committee; and serves on the Strategic Enrollment Planning Team and the Emergency Operations Committee.
Ms. Briscar is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Communications and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.