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. He is currently a member of the UNCP Endowment Board.

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 serves as a member of the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee and Public Affairs and Advancement Committee, as well as the UNCP Endowment Board. Mrs. Ricotta earned a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from UNCP.

Mrs. Ricotta is active in community organizations. In addition to her duties as a trustee, she is board chair of the Partnership for Children of Cumberland Countyand, board chair for the Restore Warehouse board and serves on the Executive Committee of Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant Organization. In addition, Mrs. Ricotta is executive director of the Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation, Inc. She also owns Ethos Creative Group, a boutique, design and event firm which was launched in 2009.  

 

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, Mrs. Blue serves as a member of the Audit and Ethics, Finance and Administration, and Student Life and Athletics Committees. She is currently on the UNCP Endowment Board, and also served on the 2009 Chancellor Search Committee. 

Mrs. 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 the UNC Board of Governors. As a trustee, he serves on the Finance and Administration Committee and the Student Life and Athletics Committee in addition to being a Foundation Board Representative.

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 the UNC Board of Governors. He serves as a member of several committees; the Audit and Ethics Committee, the Educational Planning and Personnel Committee, and the Public Affairs and Advancement Committee. He also serves on the UNCP Endowment Board and was a part of 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. He currently chairs the Finance and Administration Committee and serves on the Audit and Ethics, Edcational Planning and Personnel, and Nominating Committeess.

Admiral Holmes is a 1972 graduate of UNCP. He served 32 years as a Naval officer before retiring in 2005. 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, Admiral Holmes commanded the Navy’s eight Pacific-based patrol and reconnaissance squadrons located in Whidbey Island, Wash., and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Holmes’ final command tour  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 Public Affairs and Advancement Committee, and chairs both the Educational Planning and Personnel 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. As a trustee, 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 is a 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. As a trustee, he is a member of the Finance and Administration Committee, the Student Life and Athletics Committee, and chairs the Audit and Ethics Committee. He also serves on the UNCP Endowment Board.

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, the Nominating Committee, and chairs the Student Life 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 Educational Planning and Personnel Committee, the Nominating Committee, and chairs the Public Affairs and Advancement 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. As a member of the Board of Trustees, he serves on the Nominating Committee, Public Affairs and Advancement Committee, and the Student Life 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

Washington, D.C.
SGA Representative
2014-15

 

Biruk "BK" Kassaw is a senior at UNC Pembroke majoring in business management and finance with minors in international business and political science. He serves on the Audit and Ethics Committee, Finance and Administration Committee, and the Student Life and Athletics Committee. Previously, BK served as president of the campus chapter of the NAACP as well as volunteered with the Literacy Commons and the Office of Community and Civic Engagement.