Chancellor

UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees

Wiley BarrettWiley G. Barrett '69, Chair

Southern Pines, NC
Occupation: Retired Educator
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

Wiley G. Barrett, resident of Southern Pines, NC, was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2012 to fulfill an unexpired term. 

Dr. Barrett graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Master of Arts in education administration from Fayetteville State University. Also, Dr. Barrett holds an Education Specialist degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a doctorate in education  from Campbell University. He has spent over 30 years as a teacher, coach, or principal in public schools in the Moore County area. Throughout his career Dr. Barrett has received numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year, Wachovia Principal of the Year and Young Educators Award.

Lorna RicottaLorna Ricotta '01, '08, Vice Chair

Fayetteville, NC 
Occupation: Business Owner
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

A native of Lumberton, NC, Lorna Ricotta was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2009 by the UNC Board of Governors and in 2013, was reappointed to a second term. As a trustee, she chairs the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee and serves on the Student Affairs and Athletics Committee. Mrs. Ricotta earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from UNCP.

In 2009 Lorna launched Ethos Creative Group to provide logistics and design services for residential, commercial, and event projects. In 2011, she opened Ethos Boutique- a gift, fashion, and home accessories boutique.

Mrs. Ricotta is active in community organizations and serves as President of The Restore Warehouse board; 2013 Vice-Chair of the Partnership for Children Board; board member of Communities in Schools since 2009; Vice Chair of Communications for the Fayetteville Regional Chamber for 2011-2013; and the Executive Committee of Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant Organization, part of the largest scholarship providing organization to women in the world.

Kellie BlueKellie Hunt Blue '93, Secretary

Pembroke, NC
Occupation: Business Executive 
Board of Governors appointee through 2015

 

Kellie Hunt Blue, a resident of Pembroke, N.C., was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2011. As a trustee, Ms. Blue serves as a member of the Audit and Ethics Committee and the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee, and chairs the Finance and Administration Committee; she also served on the 2009 Chancellor Search Committee. 

Ms. Blue studied accounting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the Institute of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is currently the finance director of Robeson County and previously was an internal auditor with Southern National Bank in Lumberton. She has served on the Southeastern Regional Mental Health Board and the Federal Credit Union Advisory Board, was President of Exploration Station Children’s Museum, and is a former member of the UNC Pembroke Foundation Board.

Bob CatonRobert E. Caton

Lumberton, NC
Occupation: Retired 
Board of Governors appointee through 2015

 

Mr. Robert Caton was appointed to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2011 by UNC Board of Governors. He serves as Foundation Board Representative as well as the Endowment Board. He also serves on the Finance and Administration Committee and the Education Planning & Personnel Committee.

Dwight PearsonDwight Pearson '77, '85

Garner, NC
Occupation: Retired Educator
Board of Governors appointee through 2015

 

Dr. Dwight Pearson was appointed to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2011 by UNC Board of Governors. He serves as secretary for the UNCP Board of Trustees and chairs the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee. He also serves on the Finance and Administration Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Audit and Ethics Committee; he served on the 2009 Chancellor Search Committee. 

A resident of Garner, N.C., Dr. Pearson has retired from a 30-year career in education and social services. Currently, he is an independent consultant on educational and multi-cultural issues. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a Master of Arts in Education degree from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He earned an education specialist degree from Winthrop University and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. Dr. Pearson has served on the Wake County Planning Board and the Citizens Education Advisory Committee; he currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Wake County Community Education Committee.

Michael HolmesMichael Holmes '72

Orange Park, FL
Occupation: Vice President for L-3 Communications 
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Admiral Michael Holmes to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2013. 

Admiral Holmes is a 1972 graduate of UNCP. Admiral Holmes served 32 years as a Naval officer. He held five command tours including that of Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), the largest aviation squadron in the U.S. Navy. As a Flag Officer he commanded the Navy’s eight Pacific-based patrol and reconnaissance squadrons located in Whidbey Island, Wash., and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Holmes’ final command tour before retiring in 2005 was commander of the Navy’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, stationed in Norfolk, Va. This command consisted of 16 P-3 Orion squadrons and a work force of more than 11,000 sailors and civilians.

Currently Admiral Holmes is a vice president for L-3 Communications in their Platform Integration Division. An aerospace company, L-3 Communications is the nation’s sixth largest defense contractor with sales of $15 billion annually. He currently resides in Orange Park, FL.

James JonesJames Jones

Hampstead, NC
Occupation: Retired Physician
Governor's appointee through 2017

 

Governor Pat McCroy appointed James (Jim) Jones to the Board of Trustees of UNC Pembroke in 2013. He serves on the Educational Planning and Personnel, Public Affairs and Advancement, and Nominating Committees.

Dr. Jones is the first Native American to graduate from Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He went on to complete internship training at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Following a brief service as a medical officer in the US Navy, he established a private practice in Jacksonville, NC. Dr. Jones was instrumental in establishing the school of medicine at East Carolina University and founded the department of Family Medicine at ECU, for which he served as chair for 20 years.

In 1994 Governor James Hunt appointed Dr. Jones the Director of the NC Health Planning Commission to reform medical practice in the state. He has been elected to the position of president of both the state and national Academies of Family Physicians. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an honorary doctorate from UNCP, the Tar Heel of the Week by the News and Observer, the Order of the Long leaf Pine by Gov. Jim Martin, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wilmington Business Journal, and the National Indian Physician of the Year Award. He is professor Emeritus at both ECU and UNC schools of medicine.

Gary LocklearGary Locklear '70

Pembroke, NC 
Occupation: Retired Superior Court Judge
Governor's appointee through 2015

 

Governor Beverly Perdue appointed Gary L. Locklear to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees in 2011. On the board, Judge Locklear serves on the Finance and Administration Committee and the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee. He is also an at-large member of the Executive Committee.

A retired Robeson County Superior Court judge, Judge Locklear is a Pembroke resident and 1970 graduate of UNCP. He studied law at UNC-Chapel Hill and was former chief district court judge for Judicial District 16B in Robeson County. He is currently serving as chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Lumbee tribe.

Don MetzgerDon Metzger

Lumberton, NC
Occupation: Retired Business Owner
Governor's appointee through 2017

 

Don Metzger, was appointed to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by Governor Pat McCrory in 2013. Mr. Metzger was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. He attended the University of Missouri where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Construction Management. After graduation, Mr. Metzger worked as an engineer for several Ohio companies before starting his own consulting engineering company, Site Consultants, Inc. In 1974 he started an industrial construction company, Progressive Building Methods, Inc. He served as president of both companies until selling them in 1980, at which time he moved to Lumberton, N.C. and, with a partner, bought F.R. Bray Construction Company (Construction Systems, Inc.). Mr. Metzger sold the business in 1999.

Mr. Metzger is a member of several professional organizations and has remained actively involved with the local community for over 30 years. He has served on various committees and boards to include the Committee of 100 (which he helped found), the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees as well as the Foundation Board of Robeson Community College, and the steering committee of the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee. Currently, Mr. Metzger serves as councilman for precint one on the Lumberton City Council.

Mr. Metzger is married to his wife, Linda, and they have six children and 13 grandchildren.

Newy Scruggs

Newy Scruggs '94

Arlington, TX
Occupation: Sports News Broadcaster 
Board of Governors appointee through 2017

 

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Albert “Newy” Scruggs a UNCP trustee in 2009. As a trustee, he serves on the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee and on the Student Affairs and Athletics Committee. 

Mr. Scruggs studied broadcasting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, graduating in 1994. A successful sports broadcaster and television personality for nearly 20 years, Mr. Scruggs’ work as a sportscast anchor, a radio talk show host and color commentator for college football and basketball games has earned him several Emmy Awards. He currently lives in Arlington, Texas, where he is the sports director at the NBC affiliate and covers the Dallas Cowboys football team. In addition to his work as a university trustee, he created the Newy Scruggs Sports Broadcasting Scholarship in 2003 for students who are building careers in sports media, and in 2007, he established the Dr. Sylvester Wooten Scholarship for fellow Chi Mu chapter members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. 

Caroline WilliamsonCaroline S. Williamson '89, '94

Lumberton, NC
Occupation: Educator
Governor's appointee through 2015

 

Caroline Williamson, a resident of Lumberton, N.C., was appointed to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Board of Trustees by Governor Beverly Perdue in 2011. As a trustee, Ms. Williamson serves on the Audit and Ethics Committee, Educational Planning and Personnel Committee and the Finance and Administration Committee.

Ms. Williamson received a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree and a Master of Education Administration degree from UNC Pembroke. Ms. Williamson has served on the board of directors for the Exploration Station, chaired the 2011 Southeastern Regional Medical Center Gala and was awarded the distinction of Teacher of the Year for Robeson County in 2006.

Paul WilloughbyPaul Willoughby '74

Durham, NC
Occupation: Business Executive
Board of Governors appointee through 2015

 

The UNC Board of Governors appointed Paul Willoughby to the UNCP Board of Trustees in 2007; his second term on the board began in 2011. On the Board of Trustees, he serves on the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee and chairs the Student Affairs and Athletics Committee.

Mr. Willoughby is a 1974 graduate of UNCP; his wife, son and daughter-in-law are all alumni of the university. After teaching and coaching in North Carolina public schools for five years, Mr. Willoughby embarked on a pivotal career change into business. He is now the CEO of PPR Foods in Chapel Hill, N.C. and currently owns five McDonald’s restaurants in the Triangle area. An enthusiastic supporter of UNCP athletics, Mr. Willoughby contributed to First and Ten Campaign for Football and Athletics Excellence; the football stadium press box bears his name. He lives in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Biruk KassawBiruk Kassaw

SGA Representative
2014-15